Experiencing the Baguio Panagbenga Flower Festival

Student Jerry is studying in Monol!

I am already on my third week of studying but every day I still feel nervous. The five courses ( 7 hours in total) in a day are very compact. In a blink of an eye, Monday already turned into Friday.

As Friday was approaching, our teacher recommended watching the Flower Festival Parade on the weekend to enjoy and experience the local customs. Our teacher suggested that we leave the academy and go to town early. Otherwise, we would have trouble going anywhere because of closed roads and traffic. 

I heard that there’s marching and it’s a lively celebration. The grand parade is the annual Panagbenga Flower festival meaning “the season of blooming” and is held on the last weekend of the month of February.  It is the most awaited Baguio celebration every year.

The festival commemorates the flowers of the city and the rise of Baguio from the 1990 earthquake in Luzon, Philippines.

The parade of the February Flower Festival is a two-day celebration. On Saturday, it’s the grand street parade. Festival participants wear all kinds of costumes and they walk and dance to musical instruments while carrying props. Sunday’s Grand float parade is worth seeing even more.

Dozens of floats decorated with flowers parade from the SM Plaza to the town plaza. Along the way, people who are watching applaud the celebration. Finally, in the town square, the Panagbenga festival is at its highest point.