Last November 2012, Baguio City Flower Festival Organizers launched Panagbenga Festival 2013 with the theme “A Blooming Odyssey”.
According to Anthony de Leon – the co-chairman of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Incorporated (BFFFI), the Panagbenga Festival 2013 or the Baguio Flower Festival will be 18 years old this February and it’s going to be a special festivity.
There will be a lot of surprises, adventures, and they will add new and innovative twists to make it better than the last, the Festival co-chairman said.
The Panagbenga Festival is one of the most visited and most colorful festival in the Philippines and the biggest crowd drawer in Baguio where more than a million local and foreign tourists are expecting to witness the event.
Freddie Alquiroz, chairman of the Panagbenga executive committee, emphasized that this year’s participating floats must be composed of 90 percent flowers so that the crowd will be able to really appreciate locally grown flora.
He also announced that politicians are prohibited to be part of the street dancing and float parade and in distributing campaign materials during the event.
Baguio City’s Panagbenga 2013 starts with a grand opening parade and the drum and lyre competition on February 1, 2013.
The highlights of the festival are the Panagbenga Grand Street Dancing Parade 2013 on February 23 while the Grand Float Parade is on February 24, 2013.
Session Road in Bloom is on February 25 up to March 3, which is also the closing ceremony.
Other activities include the Market Encounter and Landscaping Competition at Burnham Park on Feb 1 t0 March 3; “The Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom” at the Melvin Jones, Burnham Park and a double feature regatta at the Burnham Lake on Feb. 10; Session Road in Bloom- Feb. 25 to March 3; and Pony Boys’ Day on March 2.
Details provided by PNA Visit Baguio Panagbenga Festival 2014 link.