According to the Department Of Tourism, Panagbenga Festival have set the bar for festivals all over the country!
February is a month of festivals up North! “Pamulinawen” for Laoag in Ilocos Norte and “Panagbenga” for Baguio. Panagbenga is the local dialect for “season of bloom” celebrating Baguio’s beautiful flowers in bloom occuring during said month.
Now on its 15th-year, it is considered the equivalent of Rose Parade in the US celebrated every New Year. Locally, history says that Panagbenga Flower Festival started in 1995 to showcase the City’s flowers in bloom, but likewise attributed to the effort of the City to rise from the devastating effects of 1990 earthquake.
Interestingly, Panagbenga have set the bar for festivals in the Philippines. According to the Department of Tourism, after seeing the successful conduct of the colorful float and marching bands competition, other equally famous festivals in the country, especially those held south of Manila started to have their own versions of the float parade.
Davao City was the first local government to parade floats during its festival but it did not host both street-dancing and parade of floats in the past until Baguio City staged both major crowd-drawing events during the Panagbenga.
Baguio City and the Cordillera is now the third top tourist destination in the country over the past several years with Cebu and Camarines Sur, becoming the top two tourist destinations nationwide. [Source]
Today, the Flower Festival have become a certified crowd drawer and one of the most anticipated festivals in the country. For more images of Panagbenga 2010, visit Digital Photographer Philippines and Panagbenga 2010 on Flickr
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