The meaning of Panagbenga is the season of blooming. This festival has been celebrated in the month of February. In the start, it was started to raise money by promoting tourism but now it’s become the part of Baguio culture. The local government promotes this festival because it helps the people to earn money, entertain and spend a good time by enjoying events of this festival.
The theme of Panagbenga Festival 2018
The theme of this festival is based on flowers. The whole month, you will see the real and artificial flowers all around the roads and streets of the Baguio including the decoration of flowers in restaurants, shops, and other buildings.
That’s not it, the costumes of this festivals are also inspired by the spring colors and flowers. Due to the verity of flowers and colorful costumes, calling this festival the festival of colors would be not wrong.
What to do in Panagbenga Festival 2018?
There are so many activities you can do there as guests. From the first day of this festival till the last date, you can enjoy different live events at different venues of the festivals and enjoy the local food.
Some of the locals come to the main city to sell the traditional dresses and handcrafts.
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The music and dance of Panagbenga Festival 2018 are also very famous all around the world. There isn’t any specific time set to enjoy the live performance of dance and music except the grand parade, opening and closing ceremony. If you have missed any of these, don’t worry because the small parade takes places time to time in the Baguio city while some groups practice for the grand parade at public places.
What to eat in Panagbenga Festival 2018?
Panagbenga Floats 2018
The floats of this festival are restricted to designed from the flowers only because one of the most creative and beautiful floats win the prize. The people make different things like boats, car, big flowers, buildings and much more.
While the whole parade is full of fun because you can watch dance and enjoy the music but the panagbenga floats part is one of my favorite because you get the chance to see the creativity of the people.
Panagbenga Dance and music
Every year the performers come up with new dance steps to show to the public. In 2018, you must prepare yourself to watch the new performance and dance steps but yes, some group have to perform the old panagbenga dance steps every year due to tradition and cultural representation to the world.