PANAGBENGA is a local Kankana-ey term in Cordillera, which means “a season for blossoming; a time for blooming", coined by Ike Picpican, curator of the Saint Louis University Museum in 1997.
It is a month-long celebration in February/March during the business-lean months to attract tourists to the City of Baguio after the holidays and before the peak Summer Season.
It culminates with a Grand Flower Float Parade, held usually on the last Sunday of February.
The Flower festival symbolizes the rise of Baguio from the city's devastating earthquake disaster on July 16, 1990.
To kick off the BEST of Baguio series, here's my first-timer's take on the Panagbenga experience...
Awesome Baguio Experience Series:
- BAGUIO's PANAGBENGA Flower Festival
- MAMA'S TABLE: Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente's Private Dining
- STRAWBERRY FIELDS Forever...
- BENCAB MUSEUM Experience
- CAFE SABEL @ BenCab Museum
- HILL STATION & Mt. Cloud Bookshop
- HAPPY TUMMY & Wright Park
- Hotel Elizabeth and Bliss Cafe in Baguio
- CAFE BY THE RUINS Breakfast!
- EVE'S GARDEN Organic Lunch