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  • Thursday, February 2, 2012

    PANAGBENGA: Baguio City’s Flower Festival

    Float Parade
    The ‘chameleon’ city of the Philippines, Baguio remains the undisputed Summer Capital and religious center from March to May; a bustling education and convention center from June to October; a plain hideaway from burnt out days of November; and the closest thing to ‘White Christmas’ from December to January.
    But what makes of Baguio in February?
    Through the years, Baguio has grown to be a city for all seasons – credit goes to the diversity of its own people whose alacrity in excelling in almost all fields is simply beyond description.
    Thus, what was once conceived as a novelty perk to keep the tourists past the yuletide season in 1995, the ‘Panagbenga’, then simply referred to as Baguio Flower Festival, has undoubtedly become a major pillar in Baguio and the country’s tourism industry.
    Through the years, the Panagbenga has steadily become the best avenue where Baguio people can shine and innovate what best depicts their community – with everyone co-owning the festival.
    Panagbenga: A Kankana-ey (dialect widely used by Cordillerans in the Northern Philippine boondocks, specifically people from the Mountain Province and people from the Northern part of the Benguet Province) term meaning “a season for blossoming; a time for blooming.”
    More than that, it is that season when the City of Baguio transforms itself from a mere window to Cordilleras, to a vibrant seat of rich ethnic landscape.
    Watch as the people of Baguio provide the country and the world with a “bouquet” of participants in a month-long show highlighting Baguio as a melting pot of cultures; in a community affair creatively blending varying ethnicity winding up with the world-famous street-dancing cavalcade and parade of floral floats, among other activities during the month of February.
    Welcome to the City of Baguio… Enjoy the ‘Panagbenga!’

    Panagbenga Festival 2012, this years Panagbenga celebration was officially announced open last November 2011. The festival is formerly called Baguio Flower Festival. It is an annual celebration in Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. The world Panagbenga is a kankanaey phrase for “a season of blooming”.

    It is among the Philippines much-awaited festivities. For the Panagbenga Festival 2012, the organizers have maximized the skills of the whole community in preparation for the 2012 Baguio Flower Festival.
    Heres the 2012 Panagbenga Festival Schedule of Activities
    November 14, 2011 – Panagbenga 2012 Launch and Concert
    February 1, 2012 – 2012 Panagbenga Opening Parade
    March 4, 2012 – Market Encounter
    February 11, 2012 – Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
    February 12, 2012 – Handog ng Panagbenga sa Baguio
    February 12, 2012 – Fluvial Float Parade
    February 21. 2012 – Chinese Spring Festival
    February 25, 2012 – Grand Street Dancing Parade
    February 26, 2012 – Grand Float Parade
    February 27 – March 4, 2012 – Session Road in Bloom
    March 2, 2012 – Pony Boy’s Day
    March 4, 2012 – Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display

    The Baguio Flower Festival 2012 highlight will be on February 25, 2012. Tourists will visit the Philippines Summer Capital for the the Panagbenga Grand Street Dancing Parade.
    The Panagbenga Festival 2012 is definitely one of the Philippine Festivals that you dont wanna miss.

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