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All the Things That Have Made the Panagbenga Festival Awesome

A different 2021 is a different year!

By: Maya Santiago | February 01, 2021
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Panagbenga performers

Image: PIA Baguio Facebook page

In Baguio, the Panagbenga Festival is a big deal. Also known as Baguio Flower Festival, it is the city’s biggest and most-awaited annual event. The event will be subdued this 2021 due to the pandemic, but as a tribute to the festival, take a look back at the things that have made the festival a big attraction throughout the years.


Parades!



Visiting Baguio Shopping Dining and Having Fun in Panagbenga Festival, Panagbenga

In the past, students from all over participated in the parade.

Image: PIA Baguio Facebook page

Definitely, one of the best things about the Panagbenga Festival was the parades. Tourists were usually encouraged to memorize the route so they can get the best views. In addition to the opening parade, the Panagbenga also consisted of the Grand Street Dancing Parade and the Grand Float Parade.


Baguio Blooms Exposition and Exhibition



Visiting Baguio Shopping Dining and Having Fun in Panagbenga Festival, festival

This event is for people who’d love to spend a day with plants!

Image: PIA Baguio Facebook page

The Baguio Blooms Exposition and Exhibition is another established activity that defined the festival. It is a professional landscaping competition and exhibition where tourists could check out stunning displays of flower arrangements, garden designs, and landscapes created by different participating schools from the Cordillera Administrative Region.


Session Road in Bloom



Visiting Baguio Shopping Dining and Having Fun in Panagbenga Festival, Panagbenga

Session Road in Bloom before the pandemic

Image: Albien Sison

Another one of the most anticipated events in the festival is the “Session Road in Bloom.” In the past, Baguio’s iconic Session Road was closed to give way to around 30 to 40 stalls selling souvenirs, clothes, books, food, handicrafts, artworks, and of course, the strawberry taho, among many other local products. A mini-concert on the side also graces the affair.


Variety Shows and Activities



Visiting Baguio Shopping Dining and Having Fun in Panagbenga Festival, festival

The festival ends with a bang.

Image: YuGz Daowan Balicao

Over the years, the festival has also come to hold various family-friendly shows and activities, like the Panagbenga Open Kite Flying Competition, the open painting event called “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom,” the whole-day family affair “Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya,” and grand fireworks displays.


Although the festival is toned down this year, the spirit of community and culture still remains!


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more exciting events and festivals in Baguio and Northern Luzon!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!


This article was initially published on Yoorekka.com on February 07, 2016.


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About Maya Santiago
Maya is currently teaching pre-school at YMCA Baguio. Academically, she enjoys spending her time in writing and outdoor activities. She believes words are like arts that can make a difference.
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