The Panagbenga Flower Festival has evolved into a month-long celebration which starts in February and lasts until the first week of March. Originally, the festival was conceptualized as a celebration of Baguio’s resilience after the 1990 earthquake, as Panagbenga means “season of blossoming” in the Kankana-ey dialect.
This year, the festival marks the celebration of another milestone for Baguio City—being declared as the first and only city in the Philippines to be part of the Creative Cities Network of the UNESCO. As a Creative City for Crafts and Folk Art, Baguio is recognized for the distinguished works of its artisans throughout the years. With the theme “Celebration of Culture and Creativity,” the festival hopes to highlight Cordilleran culture once again.
You can catch the Grand Street Dance Parade on February 24, which features participating schools in street dance and drum and lyre competitions. On February 25, the Grand Float Parade will feature beautiful floats made entirely of flowers, which will also be participating in a competition. This year, a kite flying competition and a painting competition called Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom will also be part of the festivities. For more details about the schedule, you may check out the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Facebook page.
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