Panagbenga is a flower festival celebrated in Baguio City in the far North of Philippines. Tagalog Wikepedia calls it "Pista ng mga Bulaklak ng Baguio" which means abundance of beautifully-colored flowers and in the Kankanaey term, it means season of blooming. It also reflects the spirit and values of the people and the tradition of the highlands in the Cordillera. This fiesta serves as a sign and proof that indeed, the most beautiful flowers of Dangwa comes from this part of the country, filled with cool fog, making it the most ideal place to retire in the Philippines. (full photo credits to whatsupbaguio facebook)
Tourists flock and visit Baguio yearly in search of affordable hotels to stay in Baguio or get a room accommodation with some cheap transient house to celebrate and witness the traditional feast and they party, drink and take pictures during this month-long celebration during February.
In Tagalog, Panagbenga means "Panahon ng Pagyabong" or "Panahon ng Pamumulaklak" although basically, May is the flower month in the Philippines because this is the season of the year when rain starts to fall to fertilize the land, forcing the beautiful flowers to bloom, thereby making the same month the season of the Santa Cruzan or "Sagala". This is a parade characterized by beautiful Filipina and handsome Filipino with floats filled with season flowers.
The Festival as A Symbol
The flower show at the Panagbenga is characterized by the season flowers growing in the summer capital of the Philippines known also as the "City of Pines". It is the only time of the year in the highlands where you can see beautiful flowers in February giving color and life to uniquely designed and customized floats as part of the people's culture. Some of these beautiful floats were highlighted by showbiz celebrities - actors and actresses. They go on parade each and every day to celebrate the bountiful harvest of flowers.
This feast also symbolizes harmony of the land and nature. An endless feast of dancing clans dressed in flower-inspired costumes and merry-making called Bendian can be seen anywhere in the long parade of flower floats. This is an Ibaloi dance of celebration which actually originated from the Cordillera Region. It is the time to show off what beauty the highlands have in a flower exhibit.
It is also actually a city-wide contest characterized by making the most colorful and most beautifully arranged flowers in a float designed to give life, fun and happiness to the Baguio people. Adding up some spice to the celebration of Panagbenga is having the annual event incorporated with different sets of beautiful fireworks of all sorts everyday.
You can also read more abut the feast and watch live stream videos here - http://www.panagbengaflowerfestival.com/. It is also a place where you can see the highlight of the full month schedule of events and updates as well as details about the parade and a gallery of pictures pertaining to the celebration.
We have embedded the full video collection of GMA 7 Kapuso Network that featured a set of corporate videos in one hell of a feature parade and street dancing spree in Baguio City's Panagbenga Festival 2013 at the Session Road and other significant parade routes all over the city garden nearest to some of the top tourist spots.
For other pictures and videos you can watch, just visit youtube.com or search Google Images to find other interesting colorful photos. On the other hand, you can visit our page that features the different Philippines Festivals.
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