My visit to Baguio,our summer capital coincided with the Panagbenga Festival. I was there more to support my friends’ participation in the 4×4 off road challenge in La Trinidad.
But I obviously will not pass up the chance to witness even just a glimpse of the well- attended festival. We failed on our first attempt to even get close to the area so the following day, we woke up really early (like 5AM), walked to Session Rd. and caught the commencement of the parade. Come join me in the festivities!
Panagbenga is a kankanay term for “a season of blooming”. It is also known as the Baguio Flower Festival. It is held during the month of February, a month-long annual flower festival and was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers. It also includes street dancing presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costume, that is inspired by the Bendian, an ibaloi dance of celebration that came from the Cordillera Region, where Baguio is.
We didn’t stay to catch the actual parade as there was just too many people and I don’t particularly like crowds. We instead decided to go to the market while everyone was busy with the festival but I was pleased to have witnessed even just a glimpse of the Panagbenga Festival.
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