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About Panagbenga

OVERVIEW:

Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras. It lasts over a month long and flourishes through

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Highlights

You don’t need to be a master to paint a picture of flowers and sentient beings. All you need are brushes and multi-colored paints and voila…

Let-a-thousand-flowers-bloom is where every member of the family can ‘get dirty’ en route their personal ‘masterpieces’.

It’s a free-for-all venue

History

By Bona Elisa Ressureccion

The Birth of a Tradition

It all began when lawyer, Damaso E. Bangaoet, Jr., John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation (JPDC) Managing Director for Camp John Hay, presented to the Board of Directors of JPDC the idea of their spearheading the holding of a flower festival in Baguio City. The Board, then led by the Bases Conversion Development

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Events at Panagbenga Festival

February 2014
March 2014

Opening Ceremonies

The Grand Opening Parade signifies the beginning of the celebration of the month-long Festival.  It also serves as the venue for the Street Dancing and Drum & Lyre Competition for the Elementary Division. The different organizations involved in the running of Panagbenga is also highlighted during the parade.

  • WHEN: February 1
  • WHERE: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Magsaysay Avenue, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Opening Ceremonies at the Panagbenga Park
  2. Drum and Lyre Dance Parade Competition and Field Presentations
  3. Opening Concert
  4. Fireworks Display

Baguio Blooms: Landscaping Exhibition and Exposition

The Market Encounter serves as a trade fair and bazaar where various goods are sold to the public. It mainly caters to the B, C, D Market (Session Road in Bloom caters to the A, B, C). Just beside the Market Encounter is the Landscaping Competition which showcases the artistry and resourcefulness of the landscapers in Baguio.

  • WHEN: February 1 to First Sunday of March
  • WHERE: Burnham Park
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Trade fair and bazaar
  2. Baguio’s Got Talent
  3. Concerts
  4. Game shows
  5. Landscaping competition and exhibits

Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio

This event is a gift of the Foundation to the City of Baguio. It is a whole day event where free concerts and shows are staged within the vicinity of Burnham Park (Melvin Jones, Rose Garden, and Children’s Playground).

  • WHEN: Second Sunday of February
  • WHERE: Burnham Park
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Entertainment
  2. Clowns and magic shows
  3. Family-oriented activities

Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

This event is envisioned to be a family-centered event wherein anyone may participate at no cost. Participants are given a blank canvass and basic painting materials that they can use to paint anything. Selected paintings are then paraded during the two Grand Parades after which they are displayed in selected areas in the City.

  • WHEN: Second Sunday of February
  • WHERE: Melvin Jones
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Painting of streamers at Melvin Jones
  2. Entertainment

Grand Street Dancing Parade

A major highlight of the Festival. Participants dance and march to the different Cordilleran music, costume and tradition. The different categories in the competition are the high school, college and open-category.

  • WHEN: Last Saturday of February
  • WHERE: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Magsaysay Avenue, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Street Dancing Parade
  2. Drum and Lyre Presentations
  3. Field Demonstrations

Grand Float Parade

The major highlight of the Festival, the biggest and grandest of its kind in the country. Flowers and other organic material decked floats are paraded and displayed during this day.

  • WHEN: Last Sunday of February
  • WHERE: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Floral Float Parade
  2. Marching Bands

Session Road in Bloom

A week-long event featuring expositions by the food and other hospitality establishments in the City and in the Country. It is during this event that Session Road is closed to vehicular traffic and Session Road becomes an al-fresco dining spot complemented by open-air concerts and performances.

  • WHEN: Last Monday of February to First Sunday of March
  • WHERE: Session Road
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Food carts and cafes
  2. Various shops
  3. Concerts and Entertainment

Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display

This is where the different winners are recognized, prizes are awarded and certificates given. It is also when the synchronized fireworks display is staged at around 8:30 to 9:00 pm signifying the official closing of the Festival.

  • WHEN: First Sunday of March
  • WHERE: Athletic Bowl
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:
  1. Awarding of Winners
  2. Raffle Draw
  3. Field Demonstrations
  4. Silent Drill
  5. Synchronized Fireworks Display

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