Mark your calendars for Panagbenga 2014

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Grand Weekend Parade set on Feb 22-23

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – It’s time, once again, for the biggest festival in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, to take place. 

Organizers have set the Grand Weekend Parade – featuring street dance and flower float competitions – of the Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio City on February 22 to 23. 

The theme for Panagbenga 2014 is “Inspiring the Community for a Greener Tomorrow,” Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said. The festival derives its name from a Kankanaey term, which means “a season for blossoming.”

For those who don’t want to miss out, mark these dates

February 1

  • Kickoff: Opening ritual at Panagbenga Park
  • Drum and lyre competition at Athletic Bowl
  • Opening of Baguio Blooms – Landscaping competition (Burnham Park)

February 14

  • Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming

February 16

  • Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio (Burnham Park)
  • Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom painting activity (Melvin Jones Arena)

February 22

  • Street Dancing Parade

February 23

  • Grand Flower Float parade 

February 24 to March 2

  • Session Road in Bloom 

March 1

  • Pony Boys’ Day at Wright Park

March 2

  • Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display 

The winners of last year’s street dance and float parade – Kabayan Youth Cultural Dance Troupe and Le Monet – are expected to strut their stuff once again this year. 

In 2013, at least 2 million people attended the month-long celebration. Those who want to join the festivities are advised to plan their trips ahead.

View photos of Panagbenga 2013 here:

– Rappler.com

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