The Panagbenga Flower Festival is celebrated every month of February at Baguio City. The month-long festivity features both traditional and community-led activities. Highlights of the festival are the grand street parade which usually happens on the last Saturday of February to be followed by the float parade the day after the street parade.
This year’s Panagbenga Festival is way better than of last year’s. In addition, the festival organizers made the parade route longer. Floats were more intricate and street parades were merrier. Congratulations for a job well-done! Regardless of the quality, the Panagbenga Festival remained a tourist magnet for the past decades.
A little something about Panagbenga: According to an article I read from www.panagbenga.ph, Panagbenga is a Kankana-ey term which means, "a season for blooming; a time blooming"-which is widely showed in the festival. During Panagbenga, people from different places in Benguet, including those of outside Benguet not to mention tourist from the international segment gather to witness the festivity. Something to look forward to is the Session in Blooms which happens after the float parade. Session Road is closed for a breath-taking market experience.
- Bus rate is P420, one-way.
- If you want to ride a bus straight to Baguio without any stopovers, you may opt to book yourself at Victory Liners coach buses with a restroom inside. Rate is P700.