Crowds fill streets as Panagbenga flower festival returns to Summer Capital after 3 years

Baguio City – After a three-year hiatus, the Panagbenga or Baguio flower festival has resumed, bringing cheers to crowds of residents and visitors alike.

Panagbenga is a Kankanaey term for “blossoming of flowers” and it was selected as the name of the flower festival because the same is being done during the time of the year when flowers blossom.

The Grand Street Dancing Parade and competition was staged today joined by  11 festival dance groups and 17 cultural dance groups. There will be four drum and lyre for elementary school contingents.

The much-awaited Grand Float Parade tomorrow will feature a total of 24 flower-laden parade floats.

The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. reported that for the Grand Floral Float Competition – Small Float Category, fielding in their entries    are Converge, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Eevor Skin Depot, Mang Inasal, Solid North, Palawan Express, Province of Benguet, Unilever Philippines and Zaparita’s Garden.

For the Big Float Category, the entries include the Avilon Zoo, Camp John Hay Leisure, Coca Cola Philippines, IKEA Philippines, International Pharmaceuticals Inc., Jollibee Foods Corporation, Sitel Philippines and Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority.

Meanwhile, those participating as non – competing entries are floats by the City Government of Baguio and the Department of Tourism; as well as Panagbenga Hall of Famer, Baguio Country Club which will have two floats, and SM City Baguio.

The two grand parades will follow the usual route beginning at the Upper Session Road near the Panagbenga Park, down Session Road to Harrison Road ending at the Melvin Jones grandstand and grounds for the program and field demonstrations.

Traffic re-routing, parade routes security and crowd control as well as safety and security of tourist destinations, public transportation terminals and city limits are already all set in partnership with the Baguio City Police Office and other stakeholders

The aforementioned two crowd-drawing events  of the Panagbenga   are  expected to draw  people from many places  especially since that the   grand street dancing and float parade events were  not included in the low key celebration of the festival in the last  three years  due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

From street dancing to flower-filled floats, Panagbenga is a feast for the senses that attracts thousands of tourists every year

Next to the grand parades this weekend is the Session Road in Bloom from February 27 until March 5.

On the other hand, Baguio folks and visitors can also still enjoy the landscaping competition and exhibition at the Melvin Jones Football Ground and the Market Encounter products and food fair at the Burnham Park Lake side.

The five – week Panagbenga Festival will end on March 5 with the closing program and grand fireworks display.

Officials said that the staging of the Panagbenga this year which has the theme ” A Renaissance of Wonder and Beauty” will  boost  the tourism industry and the economy of the city after the COVID-19 pandemic.