Let’s come and celebrates the one if not the most colorful festival in the country. The people of Baguio will once again be in full bloom as they celebrates the annual Panagbenga Festival this coming February. Everyone can experience the grand floral street dance and floral float parade which you’ve never seen before. Not only that, it is one of the most visited festival as well for it is just a couple of hours away from the Metro.
From there, Baguio is accessible by air and land transportation. Asian Spirits Airline maintains a daily schedule of flights from Manila to Baguio and back to Manila. There are also various bus companies, garage cars, and tours operators supplement the transportation requirements of tourists and visitors.
The term “Panagbenga” came from a kankanaey which means “a season of blooming, a time for flowering.” It is formerly known as the Baguio Flower Festival that was all began in 1995 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 spearheading the holding of a flower festival in Baguio City. The Board, then led by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Victor A. Lim and JPDC President Rogelio L. Singson, approved the project immediately. It was also decided that the Festival be held every February.
The festival usually attracts thousands of visitors which has several flower festival-related activities like the Bulaklak Rock Battle of the Bands, a local arts show, a skateboard competition, a Dolls of Japan Exhibit and Eiga Sai filmfest, Kitefest, barangay beautification contest, the search for Mr. and Ms. Baguio Flower Festival, and the famous floral floats, street-dancers, and bands parade.