The summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio is a very popular destination during March and April as many city-dwellers escape the scorching heat. It is however, also worth the 6-hour journey (depending on how fast you drive) during the month of February, not only to enjoy a 20-degree (or lower!) temperature, but also to enjoy the vibrant Panagbenga Festival.
Panagbenga is a month-long flower festival, which means, “Season for Blooming”. Aside from parading the beautiful flowers in bloom, it is also when the different communities of Baguio come together to showcase what they have to offer, making the event a display of both diversity and unity of the city.
There are so many exciting things to do in Baguio for you and your kids during this festival.
• Market Encounter (February 1 – March 4) – Burnham Park will be one big bouquet. Imagine shopping and eating in the numerous stalls while surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and floral displays, accompanied by happy upbeat music! You can grab a burger and fruit shake while your kids enjoy face painting and other fun activities. Drop by the market any time of the day as the festivities go on from morning until night.
• Grand Street Dancing Parade (February 25, 8am) - Bring the family to the Panagbenga Park to watch the youth of Baguio take center stage (or should I say the streets) and impress you with their dance moves while garbed with flowers of different shapes, sizes and colors!
• Grand Float Parade (February 25, 8am) – the highlight of the festival! Be awed with larger than life floats, beautifully decorated with the fresh flowers and plants --- every kind that you can think of, plus so much more that you never knew existed!
• Session Road in Bloom (February 27 – March 4) – it’s that time of the year when they close Baguio’s most popular street to motor traffic to give way to rows of food stalls, street shops and many other booths. The entire stretch is lined with beautiful and fragrant flowers that you and your kids can easily spend hours there just soaking in the scene.
• Grand Fireworks (March 4, 8pm) – Nothing can be better than ending this annual celebration with a bang. Fireworks light the skies of Baguio City to cap this month-long celebration, leaving your family looking forward to coming back next year.