Panagbenga Festival - 2018
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Baguio, CAR Philippines
The use of the word Panagbenga is reflective of the blend of cultural influences from Malaysia and other South East Asian countries. The word translates to ‘the season of bloom’. The popular festival is scheduled for February, and is held to celebrate the abundance of flowers in the city.
This has meaning for the locals, especially those who survived the Luzon quake back in 1990. For a whole week, Baguio streets come alive with spectacular rhythmic dances, pulsating songs and colourful floral arrangements that will interest any avid flower-lovers.
What stands out during the Panagbenga Festival is the splendid use of floats. The floats are covered with beautiful flowers, creating a distinct parade unlike others that are held in the country. To say that colours come alive during this week-long festival is to put it mildly.
If you are keen to interact with the locals, look out for the Ibaloi dance, a vigorous and colourful dance that is inspired by the local community from Luzon. The beauty about the festival is that aside from the tourist benefits that it brings, the local community has a chance to embrace its cultural traditions.
Some of the key events at the Panagbenga Festival include the inaugural parade, the Bazaar, the street dance and parade contest as well as the float competition. Look out for the Session Road in Bloom at Session Road and the culmination of the festival with the closing ceremonies. This family-friendly event is a must-attend if you love all things floral.
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