5 Tips for Surviving the Panagbenga Festival

Make the most out of your Baguio vacation with these useful tips.

By Nigel Maranan
February 18, 2014

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Are you traveling to Baguio this February for the month-long Panagbenga festival? Aside  from planning how to get to and where to stay in the summer capital of the Philippines, making your way around the city may also be a struggle during festival season. Read on for tips on how to survive the Panagbenga Festival.

1. Book in advance.  

If you are commuting to Baguio City, anticipate heavy lines at bus terminals due to the influx of passengers traveling for the annual Panagbenga Festival. To avoid long lines and to make sure you have a seat on the bus, book your ticket in advance. This is also true for your hotel accommodations. Book early so that you don’t run out of rooms, or better yet, book online at TravelBook.ph to get instant room confirmation.

2. Pack only the essentials.

Remember: You will be staying in Baguio for only a few days, not a month. Pack only the essential clothes and items you really need. A jacket will help you stay warm through the cold weather,  while a cap or umbrella will keep you cool under the hot Baguio sun as you watch the grand float parade.

3. Do your research.
Equip yourself with the facts before you go to Baguio. Study the routes so that you can pick the best areas for watching the parade. Check out the activity schedule in advance so that you can make the most out of your Baguio trip. You can also research on the latest attractions in Baguio as well as which restaurants to choose from for your family dinner.

4. Fuel up.

Watching the grand float parade and participating in the street activities require a lot of physical work, so it’s important to have a heavy breakfast before you set off. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Also, having a bottle of water with you  is an easy way of hydrating yourself when there are no stores in sight.

5. Wear a smile.
Surviving the Panagbenga Festival won’t be possible if you don’t enjoy the trip! Embrace the Panagbenga spirit and enjoy the festivities with your friends and family.

Still looking for a place to stay in Baguio City for the Panagbenga Festival? Click here to view a complete list of hotels in Baguio.