Baguio Panagbenga 2016 Schedule of Events

Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras. It lasts over a month long and flourishes through community spirit involvement.

Panagbenga Survival Tips


A. Before coming up, know that you will be doing a lot of walking, so –


  • Plan your itinerary. Check out the events schedules and their locations so you don’t “zigzag” across Baguio.


  • Book your lodging accommodations early. Those who believe there will be suitable rooms available upon their arrival should think again, especially with young kids in tow, and with chilly weather like this. As much as possible select an inn or hotel along Session (also roads like Governor Pack, Calderon, Assumption, Abanao) or Burnham Park (Kisad & Legarda), at most 1km away like those along Leonard Wood, Navy & CM Recto, Upper Session & Military Cut-Off.


  • Check the weather a few days before your trip so you know what to pack. A searchable weather sticker and 5-day forecast is available here.


  • Pack comfortable walking shoes. Know that there will be very little or no parking in the festival event areas, that your car can only take you as close as possible and then turn back. Traffic to Session & Burnham will be bumper-to-bumper and you may want to get off and walk the rest of the way.


B. While you’re here –


  • Get your supplies from the groceries and market early if you intend to do your own cooking. Plan your meals so you can save. For your reference, please check “Eat-in or Dine-out? and Baguio Restaurants.


  • Secure your belongings. You’ll never know … with large crowds come our “transient” thieves (those who hit our guests one-time-big-time and then scurry back down to the lowlands). Wear your backpack in front.


  • Be conscious of your personal safety. If you’re staying in a thickly-populated area (lots of transient homes are located in such places) remember that many residents and visitors will be in a drunken holiday mood and so do not walk alone, and avoid passing those sari-sari-store-and-monobloc-table-by-the-road-gin-drinkers. Walk in groups and limit yourselves to well-lit areas.


  • If you’re watching the parades on Session Road, secure a seat early on the 2nd floor (find a suitable restaurant and stay there) so you get an unimpeded view. If you choose to stay on the sidewalk, you will be many persons deep. Know that the floats, streetdancers, bands will all end up at the Melvin Jones grandstand so that’s a good place to watch from, too.


  • If you miss out on parts of the parades know that you can probably watch them on TV the same night or the next day, but this time you will have to suffer the shallow commentators that the TV stations assign to cover these events. The older folks may prefer to stay home and avoid the crowds and watch the event coverage instead, but lemme tell you, there’s nothing like being there yourself!


  • Consider taking cabs to move around in, especially in the Central Business District (Session, Harrison, Magsaysay, Bonifacio, Abanao) as you can just get on and off whenever you want. Plus the flagdown rate is just Php35 and drivers give you the exact change.


  • Bring an umbrella, whether or not it’s going to rain. It can act as your walking stick, you see. Plus our skies are so clear, there’s so much direct sunlight at midday. February was chosen for the Panagbenga because the weather is generally great, except that one year that it literally rained on our parade, 2001, if I remember correctly.


  • Consider coming up a day early or staying an extra day, so that you can enjoy the Summer Capital of the Philippines some better on a “perfect weather month” — as the Panagbenga events may be so hectic that you will not be able to take in the other sites and delights of the city.

Remember: Take care of the Flowers and Enjoy!
* Panagbenga 2016 Traditional Events Poster from: http://panagbengaflowerfestival.com/
* Panagbenga Survival Tips from: http://www.gobaguio.com/panagbenga/panagbenga-survival-tips.html#.VscbTPl97Dc

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