Monday, January 7, 2013

Panagbenga Festival is a month-long annual flower festival occurring in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines. The term is of Malayo-Polynesian origin, meaning "season of blooming". The festival, held during the month of February, was created as a tribute to the city's flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake. The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers unlike those used in Pasadena's Rose Parade. The festival also includes street dancing, presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes, that is inspired by the Bendian, an Ibaloi dance of celebration that came from the Cordillera region.

Panagbenga Festival 2013 Schedule of Activities 
Theme: "A Blooming Odyssey"

February 1, 2013 
Grand Opening Parade
Drum and Lyre Dance Competition (Elementary Division) 
Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl

February 1 - March 3, 2013 
Market Encounter & Landscaping Competition 
Burnham Park

February 10, 2013 
Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom 
Melvin Jones

February 10, 2013 
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio 
Burnham Park

February 10, 2013 
Fluvial Float Parade 
Burnham Lake

February 23, 2013 
Grand Street Dancing Parade 
Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl

February 24, 2013 
Grand Float Parade 
Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl

February 25 - March 3, 2013 
Session Road in Bloom 
Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl

March 4, 2013 
Closing Ceremonies 
Athletic Bowl

From Manila, take a Victory Liner bus bound for Baguio City. Terminals can be found in Pasay, Cubao or Sampaloc.

Fare: about 455 pesos 
Travel time:  around 6 hours.



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