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The Panagbenga 2014: Inspiring the Community for a Greener Tomorrow

Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated in Baguio City every February. Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it reflects the history, traditions, and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras that runs over a month and flourishes through community spirit involvement. Showcasing various events, floral floats, and native street dances, the festival is the most visited celebration of the city. The Festival’s street dancing is presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes inspired by Bendian, an Ibaloi dance of celebration in the Cordillera region.

Panorama, Manila BulletinPanagbenga is a Kankanaey term that means “a season of blooming.” It is homage to the beautiful flowers the city is famous for. Aside from economic boosts from tourism, the Festival also helped the younger generation of indigenous people to rediscover their culture’s old traditions. The Festival has always received huge media coverage. Every year, myriads of local and foreign visitors are treated to a display of the strength of the local community spirit as the residents stage the hottest show in the coolest city in the Philippines.

With the theme “Inspiring the Community for a Greener Tomorrow,” this year’s Panagbenga Festival started on February 1, 2014, with a Grand Opening Parade highlighted with a drum and lyre dance competition which was participated in by 11 elementary schools in Baguio City. The Festival runs until March 2, 2014.

The Festival’s major events include the Grand Street Dancing Parade on February 22 and the Grand Float Parade today, February 23. Other major events which local and foreign tourists witnessed on February 9 are: Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, Fluvial Parade, and Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio. Session Road in Bloom will be from February 24 to March 2, 2014.

We congratulate the people of Baguio City headed by its Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Vice Mayor Daniel T. Fariñas, on the occasion of its 2014 Panagbenga Festival and wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!