Prepare for Panagbenga 2011!
Find out what Baguio City has in store for this year’s Flower Festival.
Baguio City, known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, is nestled within the mountain ranges of the Cordilleras in the province of Benguet. At above 1,500 meters above sea level, this city is blessed with a mild climate that continues to attract tourists looking for a cool respite from the warmer lowlands.
Every year during February, tourists have more reason to flock to the City: the Panagbenga Festival. Panagbenga translates to "a season for blossoming" in the local dialect, and this festival features several events incorporating the local flora in bloom. What started out in the early 90's as a small attraction to induce travelers to come in between the Christmas and the summer holidays has now turned into a series of events celebrating the city's diversity and culture, attracting thousands of visitors from all over.
The month-long celebration kicks off this February with the Opening Parade and the Market Encounter on February 1st. The main tourist attractions are the Grand Street Parade on February 26th, the Grand Float Farade on the 27th and the Session Road in Bloom event happening from February 28th and continuing on until the first week of March. The celebrations culminate with the Grand Fireworks Display on March 6th. During the rest of the month, several events are held all over the city such as the Chinese New Year Lion and Dragon Dances, the Pre-Valentine's Day Fluvial Float Parade at Burnham Lake, the Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom painting event as well as a number of pageants, fashion shows, sports and dance competitions, exhibits and concerts.
The official Panagbenga website lists a complete schedule of this year's events and parade routes. Those unable to attend the festivities can still enjoy the celebrations, with Baguio City stepping it up a notch this year with a live online video streaming of the festival on the Flower Cam.
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