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Panagbenga Festival, Baguio City Philippines

Who likes going to festivals? Have you seen any foreign festival yet? (For me not yet haha). Before we proceed, i’m just going share with you our school activity when i was a 3rd year college again (but that was 2nd semester).

Back when i was a 3rd year college student (2nd semester), our tourism head professor planned to have an activity which they called “Grand Tourism Festival”. With that, each year level and section of our course (which was tourism management) have to choose a festival here in the Philippines and we’re going to have to present the festival to them, then who performed it well will win. Then our section (BSTM 3F) had chosen Panagbenga Festival (in English, Flower Festival) :D

This picture was us (me and my classmates, outside our campus) after we performed the Panagbenga Festival (Flower festival). We’re not complete in that picture because of most us were so hungry (some had taken their lunch) and we don’t sleep before that event comes (some slept inside our classroom, we practice the whole night). Our tour festival was held in our school quadrangle on March 2011 (forgot the exact date). We spend almost 3,000 pesos (in USD, 85usd) for this event. Sad to say we didn’t win, but we expected not to win because at first we lack cooperation during our practices and most of us late to give their payments. I can say that, it’s very hard and exhausting thing that i had done with my life, from our costumes, props and practicing the dance at the time. The festival is not an easy thing to do, but in the end somehow we enjoy the bondings we had and what matters most is that we had fun!

Okay, so the Panagbenga Festival is…..

(English: Flower Festival) is a month-long annual flower festival occurring in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines. The term is of Malayo-Polynesian origin, meaning “season of blooming”. The festival, held during the month of February, was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake. The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers unlike those used in Pasadena‘s Rose Parade. The festival also includes street dancing, presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes, that is inspired by the Bendian, an Ibaloi dance of celebration that came from the Cordillera region.

These pictures above shows what usually happen to this festival. There are many different street dancers wearing different costumes and also floats which are covered with different kinds of flowers. (They have a contest  for street dancing and also for the floats)

During this event, many tourist come by to watch those beautiful dancers and see big floats roaming the the street. Honestly, i haven’t been here but i have plans to come here next year February (I have relatives living there and they say Panagbenga Festival is their biggest and important event to happen in a whole year).

By the way, Baguio City is the coldest place here in the Philippines and next is Tagaygay. Aside from watching this festival, Baguio also has tourist spots that you can visit. These are; Mine’s View Park, Lion’s Head, Burnham Park, Session road, Camp John Hay, The Mansion, Philippine Military Academy, Strawberyy Farm and many more. (For more information, please visit their website at http://www.gobaguio.com you can also plan your tour there)

***Again, i don’t own these last 4 photos hehe. I’ve got nothing more to say, but once i get a chance to visit this place i will surely blog this again :D

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