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History & Cultural Relevance

Baguio in Benguet has become a favorite among weekend warriors, foodies, nature-lovers, or just about anyone who wants to experience the fog-laden city. It is the perfect place for a charming getaway because of the many restaurants that dot Session Road, parks with flowers in full bloom, and other sights that are just waiting to be visited. But, the best time to go is during the highlight events of the Panagbenga Festival held every last weekend of February.

The tradition started when Atty. Damaso E. Bangaoet, Jr., John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation (JPDC) Managing Director for Camp John Hay, proposed to the Board of Directors of JPDC the idea of having a flower festival in Baguio City. The motion was immediately approved and since February has great weather, almost like springtime, the month was finalized as well. It was to be called the "Baguio Flower Festival." Finally, in February 1996, First Lady Amelita M. Ramos opened the First Baguio Flower Festival.

The second installment was already in the works as soon as the 1996 Baguio Flower Festival closed. It acquired the local name, Panagbenga, from the Kankanaey term for “a season for blossoming, a time for flowering.”

Activities:

One of the most anticipated event during the festival is the Grande Parade Float wherein colorful flowers in full bloom adorn floats that are paraded along Session Road.

Since then, the Panagbenga Festival continuously evolves as new activities are added and new visitors fall in love with the City of Pines. It reflects the richness of Baguio's own culture and the history and traditions of the Cordilleras in general.

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