Wake up to the fragrance of the pine trees in the mountain town Baguio City of the Philippines. It is called the ‘City of Pines’ due to the reigning pine trees all around. It is also the summer capital of the Philippines. As picturesque already, the hilly destination turns into a burst of rainbow colors during February, thanks to the blooming flower festival. The annual Panagbenga festival celebrates the blooming of flowers symbolizing the beginning of new life. The word Panabenga translates into a ‘blooming season.’
Add Panagbenga Festival 2020 To Your Bucket List
One of the most colorful festivals in the world, it is a month-long celebration and attracts tourists worldwide. It starts from the first day of the month with different activities scheduled throughout the month, including dancing in the streets dressed in regional flower-inspired costumes, floats decorated in flowers, parades with fireworks, etc. It is observed as a tribute to the beautiful flowers of the region. It is also seen as a means of rising from the devastating Luzon earthquake of 1990.
Over the years, the Baguio flower festival has turned into a synonymous to this place for the travelers who are interested in cultural attractions of different countries. Let us dive into the details of this festival coming up in 2020, and you can plan your itinerary for Baguio City with all the know-how.
Schedule of Activities of the 25th Panagbenga Festival, 2020
- December 16, 2019: The launching day of the festival, which is commenced on Baguio City Hall grounds with Press Conference at Multipurpose Hall.
- February 1, 2020: the opening day of the ceremony, observed by the grand parade and fireworks display. The parade will continue from Panagbenga Park to DILG to Session Road to Magsaysay to Harrison Road to Baguio Athletic Bowl.
- February 1 to March 8: The Baguio Blooms Exposition is held on these days on Baguio Convention Center Parking Area with Landscaping Exhibition and Competition on designated areas in CBD/Parks.
- February 13 to February 15: These three days are for the School-based Landscaping Competition (Judging) held on the elementary and high schools, which have participated in the competition.
- February 16, 2020: The Sunday will see several grand events one after the other, which means that the celebration will be at its peak on this day. The games are named as – Handog ng Panagbenga Sa Pamilya Baguio, Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, Panagbenga Open Kite Flying Competition, Panagbenga Cultural Show and Fireworks Display. The events will be held on the Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds.
- February 22, 2020: This Saturday, there will be mainly two events covering the program. The Panagbenga Cultural Dance Competition on the Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds, and the Flower Tee Golf Tournament on the Baguio Country Club.
- February 29, 2020: The Panagbenga Grand Street Dance Parade 2020 will be held on this day, which is a much-awaited event of the festival. The parade will be carried from the Panagbenga Park to DILG to Session Road to Magsaysay Avenue to Harrison Road and ending on the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
- March 1, 2020: The Panagbenga Grand Float Parade is something beautiful to watch and enjoy. This event of 2020 will be held on March 1, and the procession will flow from the DILG to Session Road to Harrison Road to Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds.
- February 29 and March 1, 2020: It is the Sponsor’s Day, which will be commenced on the Baguio Athletic Bowl for the event of February 29 and on the Melvin Jones Football Grounds for the function of March 1.
- March 2 to March 8, 2020: The seven-day long program will be pursued by enclosing the Session Road with exhibits under the event named as Session Road in Bloom. One of the most crowd generating activities of the Panagbenga Festival, this event is exquisitely carried out by the locals.
- March 7, 2020: This is the day when all the pony boys and horse trainers will be honored by the event named the Pony Boy’s Day, which is carried out on the Wright Park.
- March 8, 2020: This is the ending day of the whole festival and will be observed the Closing, Award Ceremonies, and the Grand Fireworks display. The events will be carried out on Baguio Athletic Bowl, and the fireworks are to be held from 5 stations City-wide.
Other Things to do in Baguio City During Blooming Flower Festival
This beautiful mountain city is not only an attraction point for the Panagbenga festival but is also a beautiful place to explore around. The cold climate will make your trip furthermore enjoyable. Here is a list of places you can visit in the city when you are done with the festival events and want a more close look at the city:
- Camp John Hay
- The Philippine Military Academy
- The Burnham Park
- Session Road is comfortable for a walk.
- The La Trinidad Strawberry Fields
- Baguio Teachers Camp
- The Tam-Awan Village
- Bell Church of Baguio City
- Japanese Tunnel Walk at Baguio’s Botanical Garden
- Laperal Ancestral Home
- Museo Kordilyera
Food Joints To Stop By At The Festival
- Forest House Bistro & Café
- Café by the Ruins
- Café By the Ruins
- Choco-Late de Batirol in Baguio City, and a lot more.
You can satisfy your shopping spree Baguio Public Market Pasalubong, which is a place for perfect local finesse.
The music, the dances, the colorful costumes, the floats, the parades, the competitions, and not to forget the festive flavored foods available in different joints – one cannot ask for more if in the mood of celebrating life in its full bloom. Even if you are not in the mood, the festival is bound to bring happiness and joy. It will teach you how to continue with the cycle of life even after you are being struck by tragedies.
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