The Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival is one of the most attended festival in the Philippines held annually in the City of Pines, Baguio City. It is a festival to celebrate not only the "season of blooming" of flowers but also the booming economy and prosperity of the City of Pines. Held every February, Panagbenga 2014 will showcase street dancing presentation by dancers in flower-inspired costumes as well as colorful floats decorated with flowers paraded along the major streets of Baguio City.
Panagbenga 2014 will start on February 1, 2014 and ends on March 3, 2014, making it 5-week celebration. This marks the 18th year of Panagbenga Festival which started in 1996.
The highlight of the festival peaks on the 4th weekend of February. For 2014, it will be on February 22-23, 2014 with the street dancing competition and float parade. Be sure to save the dates of the festival and plan your trip ahead.
Panagbenga Festival 2014 (tentative) Calendar Of Activities
February 1, 2014 (Saturday)
Grand Opening Parade Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl
Drum & Lyre Dancing Competition (Elementary Division)
February 1 - March 3, 2014
Market Encounter & Landscaping Competition
February 9, 2014 (Sunday)
Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom Melvin Jones Arena
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio Burnham Park
Fluvial Float Parade Burnham Park Lake
February 22, 2014 (Saturday)
Street Dancing Parade Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl
February 23, 2014 (Sunday)
Grand Float Parade Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl
February 25 - Mar 2, 2014
Session Road in Bloom
March 3, 2014 (Monday)
This post shall be updated as soon as there are changes in the schedule of activities.
10 Things To Do in (and near) Baguio City before/after Panagbenga Festival
- For first-timers, visit Baguio's famous tourist attractions:
- Burnham Park
- The Mansion
- Wright Park
- Bell Church
- Botanical Garden
- Philippine Military Academy
- Mines View Park
- Lion’s Head
- Teachers Camp
- Panagbenga Park
How to Get to Baguio City
From Manila, take a Victory Liner bus bound for Baguio City. Victory Liner has hourly trips to Baguio City. Terminals can be found in Pasay, Cubao or Sampaloc. Fare is around 450 pesos and travel time is 5-6 hours. Visit their website (www.victoryliner.com) or follow them on Twitter @VictoryLineInc for inquiries, updates and schedule of trips.
Where to Stay in Baguio City
Baguio City has a wide array of affordable and high quality hotels, hostels, guest/pension houses and inns for you to stay in! As a top tourist destination you'll definitely find one that suits your needs, whether a high-end hotel, mid-range hostel or transient house and cheap accommodations. Due to the festive season it is necessary that you plan your Panagbenga Festival 2014 trip in advance. Book for your accommodation as early as now as the accommodations in the city tend to become fully-booked on the festival week. Where to Stay in Baguio City? Click HERE.
Let a thousand flowers bloom and enjoy Baguio City's Panagbenga Festival!
Photos were used with permission from Rob Pinzon of www.robinspinzon.com and www.palibut.com.
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