PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL 2019: Baguio City Flower Festival Schedule of Activities

Panagbenga Festival 2019 Schedule of Activities photo by susancorpuz90 via Flickr CC

2019 Official Panagbenga Festival Schedule of Activities

Baguio City, Philippines — Are you planning to experience the 2019 Baguio City Panagbenga Festival? The official Panagbenga Festival 2019 Calendar of Activities was already released by the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation for those who are planning to witness the festivities. Now on its 24th year, this years theme is “Blooming Forward”. The Flower Festival will start on February 1 and end on March 10, 2019.

2019 Baguio Panagbenga Festival
2019 Baguio Panagbenga Festival

“Panagbenga”, a Kankanaey word meaning “blooming”, was first staged in 1996 as a recovery measure after the 1990 earthquake in North Luzon, since then, it continued to attract local and foreign tourists every year to experience the colorful festival.

Panagbenga Festival Grand Float Parade
Panagbenga Festival Grand Float Parade

Panagbenga Festival is considered as one of the most attended festivals in the Philippines and one with the largest media coverage. The highlights of the yearly flower festival are the Street Dance Parade, and Grand Float Parade that showcases multicolored floats covered entirely from flowers of every kind.

Panagbenga Festival 2019 Schedule of Activities photo by susancorpuz90 via Flickr CC
Panagbenga Festival 2019 Schedule of Activities photo by susancorpuz90 via Flickr CC

In this Panagbenga 2019 Blog, we listed some tips on how you can do your own DIY trip to Baguio City. We also included Baguio City Guide + Itinerary, Things to do and see, where to stay and more.


Date and TimePanagbenga Schedule of ActivitiesVenue
February 1, 2019

8:00 AM

Panagbenga Opening Day Ceremonies and Parade

Drum and Lyre Competition Elimination Round (Elementary Division)

Panagbenga Park > Session Road > Magsaysay Avenue > Harrison Road > Baguio Athletic Bowl
February 1 – March 10, 2019Baguio Blooms Exposition and ExhibitionJuan Luna and Lake Drive
February 5, 2019Chinese New Year CelebrationCity-wide
February 13, 2019School-based competition

Floral Arrangements

(Elementary/High School)

Dep-ed Division Office
February 14-16, 2019School-based competition

Landscaping Competition (Judging)

Elementary and High Schools
February 15-16, 2019Flower Tee Open Golf TournamentBaguio Country Club
February 15-17, 2019PMA Alumni Homecoming WeekendPhilippine Military Academy in Loakan Road
February 17, 2019Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio

  • Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
  • Panagbenga Open Kite Flying Competition
  • Panagbenga Recycled Crafts Competition
  • Panagbenga Cultural Show – Colleges and Universities
Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
February 17, 2019Fireworks DisplayMelvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
February 23, 2019Pets on ParadeMelvin Jones Grandstand
February 23, 2019Panagbenga Open Cultural Dance CompetitionTo Be Announced
February 23, 2019Concert at the ParkMelvin Jones Grandstand
March 2-3, 2019Sponsor’s DayGanza Parking Area

Baguio Athletic Bowl

March 2, 2019Panagbeanga Festival Grand Street Parade 2019

  • Elementary Division
  • High School Division
  • Open Division
Panagbenga Park > Session Road > Magsaysay > Maharlika > Harrison Road > Baguio Athletic Bowl
March 3, 2019Panagbenga 2019 Grand Float Parade

  • Small Float Category
  • Big Float Category
DILG > Session Road > Maharlika > Harrison Road > Melvin Jones Football Grounds
March 4 – 10, 2019Session Road in BloomSession Road
March 9, 2019Pony Boy’s DayWright Park
March 10, 2019Closing and Awarding CeremoniesBaguio Athletic Bowl
March 10, 2019Grand Fireworks DisplayCity-wide (5 stations)

Things to do in Baguio City during Panagbenga Festival

Apart from the festivities listed on the official Panagbenga Schedule of Activities, there are so many things to do and see in the Philippines Summer Capital. Tourists can visit religious sites, heritage sites, military camps, Spooky Places, Do Ukay-Ukay Shopping all day and even midnight, go on a food trip, visit cultural spots and museums, do pasalubong shopping and so much more.

Igorot Cultural Performers at Tamawan Village
Igorot Cultural Performers at Tam-awan Village

Here are some of the recommended things to do and see in the City of Pines:

Also Read: Best Things to do in Baguio City

Places to Stay in Baguio City during Panagbenga Festival

Azalea Baguio Deluxe Room
Azalea Baguio Deluxe Room

To avoid the hassle, make sure to book your accommodation in advance. If you prefer budget accommodations, transient houses and lodging houses are also available city-wide. Check out these links for recommended hotels in Baguio City:

Recommended Places to Eat in Baguio City

Baguio is one of my favorite Foodie Destination in the Philippines. From Turo-Turo (hawkers), Buffet to fine dining, Baguio has a lot of restaurants offering local and international cuisine.

Hill Station Bistro in Baguio photo by Hill Station FB Page
Hill Station Bistro in Baguio photo by Hill Station FB Page

To enjoy food tripping in Baguio during the flower festival season, here are some of our recommended restaurants:

Panagbenga Travel Tips

  • Book your Bus Tickets ahead
  • Try to book a Joy Bus Premiere seat if you want a comfortable ride to Baguio City
  • Try to make the trip at night as there will be fewer cars and pedestrians on the street that may cause traffic
  • Book your Hotels in Advance
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes
  • Always bring an umbrella and a raincoat/hoodie jacket.
  • Secure your important belongings when in crowded places
  • Arrive early in Session Road to secure your spot if you are planning to watch the Grand Street Parade (March 2) and Grand Float Parade (March 3)
  • Bring a wide array of clothes as the temperature varies from extremely hot (noon-time) to extremely cold (night-time).
  • It is advised to walk when visiting tourist destinations in the town center because they are actually close to each other and it will save you time and money.
Joy Bus lets you experience first-class transportation to Baguio City. [Image Credit: Queen Samantela / Facebook]
Joy Bus lets you experience first-class transportation to Baguio City. [Image Credit: Queen Samantela / Facebook]

How to Get to Baguio City

By Bus from Manila

Air-conditioned bus trips to Baguio leave Manila, Pasay and Quezon City terminals daily on an hourly basis. Popular bus lines offering Baguio route are Victory Liner, Partas, and Genesis among others. One way bus ticket would cost you P450, and travel time will be approximately 6-7 hours (or longer) during Panagbenga Season.

Via private vehicle:

While it takes an average 4-6 hr to get to Baguio City by car, it takes much longer during holidays, long weekends, Holy Week, and Panagbenga Season etc.

  • Drive through NLEX.
  • Take Exit 85 right into SCTEX.
  • Transfer to the right lane and drive to Baguio via Tarlac.
  • Take the Tarlac exit and follow the road signs that will take you to MacArthur Highway.
  • Once you’re on MacArthur Highway, drive straight to Tarlac and Pangasinan until you reach Rosario, La Union.
  • From the Rosario junction, you can turn right into famous Kennon Road. This is the most popular and scenic route up Baguio City.
  • If you prefer the wider lanes of Marcos Highway, drive further into Rosario and turn right towards the new entrance.

[Note: TPLEX is now open; you can take it from SCTEX to avoid much of McArthur Highway]

Book your Bus Tickets to Baguio City

Powered by 12Go Asia system

Heres a complete guide on how to get to Baguio – > Travel Guide: How to Get to Baguio from Metro Manila

Important Telephone Numbers for Tourists:

Tourist Information and Assistance Center

Baguio City Tourism Office
Address: Baguio Convention Center, Governor Center Road, Baguio City, 2600 Benguet
Phone:(074) 442 1006

Baguio Tourism Council
Address: Country Club Rd, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
(63-74) 443-3434


Baguio General Hospital
(63-74) 661-7910
SLU Sacred Heart Hospital
(63-74) 442-5700

Baguio Police Department Tactical Operations Center
(63-74) 442-1211 / 304-6997 / 442-4119 or hotline 166
Highway Patrol Group
(63-74) 445-0434

Also Read:

  1. Iza says

    Sure pong March 2 & 3 ,2019 Grand Street Parade and Grand Float Parade? Sa ibang blogs kc Feb 24 and 25, 2019 yung sched 🙁

    1. Melo Villareal says

      Yes po! This is the schedule given by Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: