Panagbenga 2010

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Panagbenga Festival 2010

The Baguio Flower Festival also known as Panagbenga Festival is one of the famous and world renown festival in the Philippines. Baguio is also known as “The Flower Garden City of the North” celebrates the festival in February and the highlights of the festival includes flowers, flower exhibits, lectures, garden tours, floral contests and a parade of floats

Panagbenga is a Kankan-ey term for “A Season of Blooming”, a homage to the beautiful flowers the city is famous for as well as a celebration of Baguio’s re-establishment. Since 1995, it has been held to kelp Baguio forget the 1990 earthquake that has devastated much of the City.

In 1995 when Lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr. (then John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) Managing Director) initially conceptualized a festival that would feature the abundant flowers found around Baguio City. Upon hearing the Flower Festival proposal, Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Victor A. Lim & JHMC President Rogelio L. Singson immediately approved the project. At that time, the Festival seemed to be a reasonable-sized project to bounce back after the 1990 earhtquake incident in Luzon that caused severe damages in Baguio City.

With the help of various flower enthusiasts, JHMC staff and Baguio Flower Festival Volunteers, the Baguio Flower Festival was finally honed into a celebration of history and culture of Baguio City and the Cordilleras. The official logo, a spray of sunflowers, was a winning masterpiece of a student from Baguio City National High School named Trisha Tibagin, who joined the annual Camp John Hay Art Contest. Later, Professor Macario Foronda of Saint Louis University came up with the original composition of the Festival Hymn which accompanied the traditional Ibaloi dance of celebration “The Bendian Dance”.

In 1996, The Flower Festival adopted the local Kankana-ey name Panagbenga which literally means “A season of Blossoming, A Time for Flowering” coined by Archivist and Curator Ike Picpican. The First Flower Festival week in Baguio City happened in February 9-18, 1996 upon the approval of resolution 007-1996. Ever since, The Flower Festival reportedly became one of Baguio City’s main attraction that draw thousands of visitors. The Department of Tourism saw the significant upsurge of tourism arrival every year that even reached millions of both local and international visitors eying for the Famous Floral Floats and street-dancing parade.

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