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Panagbenga Festival
(commonly known as: Panagbenga Flower Festival)
Baguio City

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In February each year the City of Baguio is host to the month-long Panagbenga Festival.

Baguio flowers image

Baguio flowers (worthy of a festival!)

This festival celebrates the beauty of flowers, specifically the beauty of flowers in the Baguio region. It also tries to help invigorate the spirit of Baguio, that was badly battered by the enormous earthquake suffered by Baguio and surrounding areas of Luzon in 1990.

The festival features floats decorated with flowers of all varieties and with flower-associated motifs. It also features street dancers clad in colorful flower-inspired costumes.

Originally founded in 1995 as the Baguio Flower Festival, the festival was renamed in 1996 as the Panagbenga Festival (the word "panagbenga" comes from the local language, Kankana-ey, and means "a season of flowering").

Some of the key events of the Festival include:
-- the Opening Parade;
-- the Trade Fair and Bazaar;
-- the Grand Festival Parade and Street Dancing Competition;
-- the Float and Marching Band Competitions;
-- Session Road in Bloom; and
-- the Closing Ceremonies.

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