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Baguio City

Home of the famous Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival which is held annually and attracts thousands of spectators both local and international.

Jewel of the Highlands

Baguio City is home to many immigrants. A significant population of foreigners also contributed to the diversity of the city's colorful culture.

Summer Capital of the Philippines

Baguio City is at an altitude of approximately 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level in the Luzon tropical pine forests and is famous for its cold climate.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Panagbenga 2012 Schedule Of Traditional Activities

Panagbenga 2012

The major annual festival in Baguio City has been officially declared open last November 14, 2011. Panagbenga 2012, formerly known as the "Baguio Flower Festival" is in its 17th season with the theme "Community Convergence for a Sustainable Tourism Growth" is expected to attract thousands of spectators as well as tourists as it did in the past celebrations. Baguio City is now gearing up for the events and the secretariat has released recently the schedule of traditional activities.

Panagbenga is a "Kankanaey" term for “a season of blooming”.

Panagbenga 2012 Major Highlights

Panagbenga Opening Parade February 1, 2012
Market Encounter February 1 - March 4, 2012
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom February 11, 2012
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Baguio February 12, 2012
Fluvial Float Parade February 12, 2012
Chinese Spring Festival February 21, 2012
Grand Street Dancing Parade February 25, 2012
Grand Float Parade February 26, 2012
Session Road in Bloom February 27 - March 4, 2012
Pony Boy's Day March 2, 2012
Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies March 4, 2012
Grand Fireworks Display March 4, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Minor events and activities can be found elsewhere all over Baguio City during the whole month of celebration.

* Tips
  • Book early.
  • Scout on possible viewing spots before the major events.
  • Consider access to the nearest comfort rooms.
  • Before going to watch the major events, secure all your belongings, only bring what you need; umbrella, bottled water, camera and so on.
  • Park your vehicle on a secure location, better yet, park it on the hotel's parking lot where there is security.
  • Do not bring bulky things such as child stroller/carrier and bulky packs during major events.
  • Keep a close eye on your children, put identification cards and the like in their pockets and instruct them what to do if in case they get separated.
  • Stay away from small exits.
  • Bring small bills.
  • Keep wallets, cellphones, and other valuables in front pockets, wear clothing with deep pockets.
  • Report any untoward incidents to the nearest law enforcement.