When one thinks of Baguio, there is one colorful and vibrant festival that will always come to mind: Panagbenga.
Panagbenga Festival 2019 is Baguio’s most iconic celebration of flowers, this festival draws local and foreign tourists during the first week of February until the second week of March.
Sure, there are a lot of things to figure out when going on a trip, especially up north. So to help you decide what do during Panagbenga or where to stay in Baguio, choose among the four itineraries we have to match the four-week celebration of the Season of Blooming Flower Festival.
The first week of Panagbenga
True to its legacy of being an iconic celebration, Panagbenga Festival 2019 starts off with an explosive set of activities. Families, friends, and lovers alike will find themselves even more enchanted with the City of Pines.
If you are traveling to Baguio for Panagbenga on the first week of February, you will be lucky enough to witness how the festival itself blooms. As the first week of the celebration sets in, expect to see a grand opening ceremony.
Along with reading about local tips on exploring Baguio, here are some ideas of what to do in there when visiting on the first week of Panagbenga.
Panagbenga Festival Opening Day
This will truly be a sight to behold because of the explosions of color and culture. Panagbenga 2019 will officially start with Festival Opening Day. You will see marching bands, cultural dancers, floral presenters, and so much more.
The parade will be passing through Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Magsaysay Avenue, Harrison Road, and finally to the Baguio Athletic Bowl. If you want to enjoy the parade while being able to relax in the silence of your own lodging, deciding on where to stay in Baguio should well-thought of. Staying at the Outlook Ridge Residences not only puts you in the middle of verdant Baguio pine trees, but you are also at a comfortable distance from the festivities. If you feel like joining in on the fun again, driving back to the celebration is just a breeze.
Baguio Blooms Exposition and Exhibition
Looking to see masterfully crafted artworks that showcase the beauty of nature? Look no further because the Baguio Blooms Exposition and Exhibition from February 1 to March 10 will definitely be delighting your senses. It’s an exhibition located at Juan Luna and Lake Drive is part of the Panagbenga where different exhibitors display the landscapes and gardens they have crafted using different flora.
You will be seeing different flowers ranging from roses to sunflowers. This is definitely a must-visit event during your Panagbenga trip.
Chinese New Year Celebration
The plus side of visiting Baguio on the first week of the Panagbenga is that you will be in the coldest season in Baguio. Another treat is that you will be able to celebrate two events: Panagbenga and Chinese New Year on February 5.
Keeping the Chinese New Year tradition of having a feast to welcome a bountiful year, there are a lot of great eats located in Baguio. If you stay at the Outlook Ridge Residences, you can visit Cafe Adriana to delight your taste buds.
The second week of Panagbenga
Visiting Baguio on the second week of Panagbenga will delight tourists with varying activities that will surely keep anyone excited.
For the second week of Panagbenga festival, try golfing, watching different displays and performances, as well as enjoying a spectacular fireworks display.
Flower Tee Open Golf Tournament
Golf is a popular sport worldwide and it is no surprise that it has found its way as part of the Panagbenga 2019’s list of activities.
As one of the festival’s leading sports event, the Flower Tee Open Golf Tournament attracts participants from Baguio, Benguet, and other nearby areas. Besides the fame of the event, another plus of golfing is that it is known to benefit various charitable institutions and advocacies.
The Flower Tee Open Golf Tournament will be on February 15 to 16 at the famous Baguio Country Club, which is one of the highly recommended accommodations in Baguio alongside Outlook Ridge Residences.
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilyang Baguio
On February 17, 2019, at the Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds, the Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilyang Baguio will be showcasing different activities and celebrating several art forms.
If you can’t really figure out what to do during the Panagbenga festival, give the Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilyang Baguio a visit to get to watch kite flying, cultural shows, and recycled crafts competition.
Those who will be visiting Baguio on the second week of the Panagbenga are in for a spectacular conclusion: fireworks display. Immediately after the Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilyang Baguio, the night sky above the Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds is lit with awesome pyrotechnics spectacle.
The third week of Panagbenga
The third week of Panagbenga will be the busiest with three parades lined up for you to join in.
From the much-awaited Grand Street Parade up to the memorable Grand Float Parade on March 2 and 3, Panagbenga highlights will happen on the third week of festivities. Don’t worry as it won’t all be flowers to woo you. Since the third week of Panagbenga is going to be jam-packed, you will need to think about where to stay in Baguio to avoid the influx of people going into and around Baguio. Staying at Outlook Ridge Residences gives you access to different amenities and restaurants that lets you enjoy the festival without having to inch your way through crowds.
Pets on Parade
If you are the type that stops and pets dogs, then look no further as the third week of Panagbenga festival 2019 will be having a pet parade!
Pet owners and onlookers will be gathering at the Melvin Jones Grandstand on February 23, 2019, to showcase the beauty, cuteness, and fluffiness of the animal kingdom. Prepare yourself for a super cute encounter.
Panagbenga Festival 2019 Grand Street Parade
The Panagbenga isn’t just about flowers and floats, it also highlights the talent and skills of its people.
Another parade that awaits those visiting Baguio on March 2, 2019 is the Grand Street Parade. Here you will be seeing a display of different cultural dances, traditional costumes, and flairs of creativity. You will definitely have fun dancing to the beats of the Grand Parade.
Panagbenga Grand Float Parade (March 3, 2019)
Last year’s grand float parade wowed a lot of tourists and locals with a great display of artistry and craftsmanship found in all of the 23 floats.
These floats are made out of 90 percent fresh flowers that all have unique designs and different colors. Ready your selfie sticks and cameras to capture this rare and colorful display of flora which is one of the most iconic parts of the Panagbenga.
Fourth week of Panagbenga
They say that the best is saved for the last and that is definitely true for Panagbenga’s celebration. The fourth week of the festival is the grand finale that punctuates the colorful and vibrant celebration of the Season of Blooming Flowers Festival. Here are the events waiting for you if you plan to visit Baguio on the fourth week of Panagbenga.
Session Road in Bloom
Another homage to the city’s bountiful harvest is set to happen at Session Road from March 4 to March 10, 2019. Aptly named Session Road in Bloom, this caps Panagbenga 2019’s celebration.
But here, visitors will not just be seeing flowers on display. They will also be seeing an assortment of Baguio’s different delicacies and cuisines since it has also been about food in Baguio as it has been anything else.
Grand Fireworks Display
What is a good way to cap off a very colorful festival? Why an explosion of colors of course!
On March 10, 2019, there will be a city-wide fireworks display that is sure to light up the entirety of Baguio. With five stations dedicated for the fireworks display, you can be sure to get a magnificent view of the colorful “flowers” in the night sky. A perfect end to the Panagbenga celebration.
There are a lot of activities you can do in Baguio and celebrating Panagbenga is definitely one of them. If ever you find yourself in the City of Pines, take in as much of the environment and culture as you can to recharge yourself. Nothing is as relaxing as taking a trip out of town to a place cradled by the mountains.