While I was packing my bag, my mom asked a rhetorical question as to why I keep coming back to the City of Pines. I’m not sure if I gave a transcendent explanation but it’s not just the stifling heat of the lowlands that draws tourists like us in Baguio. Comfort food? Museums and Arts? Great Bargain (Ukay)? Spectacle views? Flowers? Adventure and Experience? and how about those charming PMAers or Policemen? I said, all of the above.
Baguio City’s Harrison and Session road were once again jammed by tourists, local and foreign alike, to witness the colorful Panagbenga festival otherwise known as “Flower Festival”. Panagbenga is an annual flower festival every February which reflects the history, values and traditions, advocacy, and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras participated by all sectors of communities. The Kankanaey’s term “Panagbenga” means “a season of blooming”. Baguio’s cool climate and fertile soil makes it a superb cultivating environment for different kinds of flowers and vegetables.
The major highlight of the festival is on the last weekend of February where Street Dancing Parade was held on Saturday and the famous Grand Float competition on Sunday. We have witnessed the latter which is truly the grandest feature of the festival, with majestic floats decorated with different kinds of flowers.
I can give fabulous adjectives about the event, but I am more on visuals, so it may not be good in paper (or e-words). So let me share the vibrant colors the parade has to offer in pixels that doesn’t need filters.
Winner of the Street Dancing Competition
Entries of Grand Float Parade