Panagbenga Festival in Baguio

PauTravels and Jen visits Panagbenga Festival of Baguio

The whole year round, cities and towns around the Philippines celebrates a festival or fiesta in celebration of their patron’s day, cityhood, or for other purposes. And among these different festivals, the hilly city of Baguio at the Cordillera Mountain Range celebrates one of its own, the Panagbenga.

Panagbenga, which meant ‘season of blooming’, is celebrated annually during the month of February by giving tribute to one of city’s main produce, flowers. Baguio City is blessed with a cool weather year round making it a good planting ground for flowering plants. During the festival, the city’s main commercial street of Session Road is closed from vehicular traffic to give way to the celebrations.

A parade of dancers and performers from the city, neighboring towns and tribes join in the celebration. And, a number of floats made fully by flowers are paraded on Session. The flower filled floats may be compared with the floats during Pasadena’s Rose Parade, but Baguio’s floats are smaller and less intricate. The festival usually lasts for a week, with the parade of flowers being done on the last day of the whole celebration.

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Philippines, How Much Have I Seen of You?

My home country, the Philippines, is an archipelagic nation of 7,107 islands that is situated in the South East Asian region.  It is a tropical country bounded by three bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean to the east, the West Philippine Sea to the west, and the Celebes Sea to the south.  It is basically composed of three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The country’s population is pegged at 88 Million, 90% o which are Roman Catholics.  A smaller percentage of the population is composed of Muslim Filipinos who generally reside at the southern islands.  The Philippines also has a long history of Spanish colonization, 333 years in total.  This is still evident with Hispanic architecture left.  The Philippines was discovered by the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Megallan under the Spanish flag in 1521.  Then it was also under the US Commonwealth rule for 40 years.

The Philippines is also composed of a diverse group of people with hundreds of different dialects though English is a second language.  And each of its 7000+ islands has a distinct characteristic on its own.  And on this journal, I’ll be listing down the different places in this country of mine that I have visited and possibly my experience with Philippine culture.  And I’ll be linking any blog that I’d be writing for each destination.

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