PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL 2020: Baguio City Flower Festival Schedule Of Activities

Baguio Flower Festival 2020

2020 Baguio Panagbenga Festival photo by Randy Bautista via Flickr CC
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Panagbenga Festival 2020: Flower Festival of Baguio Schedule of Activities

Have you ever thought of when would be the best time to visit Baguio City? If you will ask me, One of the best times to visit will be during the yearly flower festival. Panagbenga Festival 2020 is happening this February and that will make it worth your while.

PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL 2020
PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL 2020

The word “Panagbenga” is a word from the local Kankanaey language, which means “blooming.” The first festival was held in 1996 and was used as a means of recovering after the devastation that Baguio got from the earthquake of 1990. After that, more people started to come over to see one of the most colorful festivals in the country. In terms of media coverage, this event has the largest coverage every time and is also one of the most attended festivals in the country.

Why Is Panagbenga Celebrated?

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Originally, the Baguio Flower Festival was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.

Panagbenga Festival 2020 Schedule of Activities

2020 Baguio Panagbenga Festival photo by Randy Bautista via Flickr CC
2020 Baguio Panagbenga Festival photo by Randy Bautista via Flickr CC
Panagbenga 2020 Calendar of Events
Panagbenga 2020 Calendar of Events
Date and Time Activities Venue
February 1, 2020 Panagbenga 2020 Opening Day Panagbenga Park to DILG to Session Road to Magsaysay to Harrison Road to Baguio Athletic Bowl
February 1- March 8, 2020 Baguio Blooms Exposition Baguio Convention Center Parking Area
February 1- March 8, 2020 Landscaping Exhibition and Competition Designated areas in CBD/Parks
February 13-15, 2020 School-based Landscaping Competition (Judging) Participating Schools in Elementary and High School
February 14-16, 2020 PMA Alumni Homecoming Weekend PMA Loakan Road Baguio City
February 16, 2020 Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio
-Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
-Panagbenga Open Kite Flying Competition
-Panagbenga Cultural Show
-Fireworks Display
Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
February 22, 2020 Panagbenga Cultural Dance Competition Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
February 22, 2020 Flower Tee Golf Tournament Baguio Country Club
February 29, 2020 Panagbenga Grand Street Dance Parade 2020 Panagbenga Park>DILG>Session Road> Magsaysay Avenue> Harrison Road> Baguio Athletic Bowl
March 1, 2020 Panagbenga 2020 Grand Float Parade DILG>Session Road>Harrison Road>Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
February 29-March 1, 2020 Sponsor’s Day Baguio Athletic Bowl (Feb. 29)
Melvin Jones Football Grounds (March 1)
March 2-8, 2020 Session Road in Bloom Session Road
March 7, 2020 Pony Boy’s Day Wright Park
March 8, 2020 Closing and Awards Ceremonies
Grand Fireworks Display
Baguio Athletic Bowl
-Fireworks 5 stations City-wide

Things to do in Baguio during the Panagbenga Festival

Baguio is not only famous for the Panagbenga Festival. There are a lot of activities that you can enjoy during your visit. Baguio is one of the places where culture is rich and you won’t run out of things to do and places to visit.

Colorful Houses near Baguio City
Colorful Houses near Baguio City

If you want to explore the city after Panagbenga, you can try the following:

Also Read: Best Things to do in Baguio City

Where can you stay in Baguio City?

Panagbenga Festival is a hugely popular attraction, so it is ideal to call in advance instead of finding a place last-minute. Transient houses and lodging houses are there if you are on a budget.

Bedroom at Holiday Inn Baguio
Bedroom at Holiday Inn Baguio

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.

Best Restaurants in Baguio City photo by Vaishnav Chogale via Unsplash
Best Restaurants in Baguio City photo by Vaishnav Chogale via Unsplash

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

Baguio Public Market Pasalubong Shopping
Baguio Public Market Pasalubong Shopping

Panagbenga Travel Tips

  • Manila is almost 250 Km away from Baguio City, and if you are not up to bringing your own vehicle, there are buses that travel from key terminals in Manila to Baguio with different departure times. It is most recommended that you travel at night, as traffic can be lesser, which can shorten travel time significantly.
  • Make sure to reserve your place to stay ahead of time, as the time of the Panagbenga will be the busiest, and has the most number of tourists.
  • When in Baguio, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes and that you bring different clothes for the place. Baguio is known to be one of the coldest places in the country but the weather can change almost immediately.
  • The Panagbenga Festival 2020 is one of the most anticipated festivals for the coming year, with lots of activities.
  • There is no specific date on when and how long the festival will be, so once all the scheduled activities are available, we will update you as soon as we can.

How to Get to Baguio City

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]

By Bus from Metro Manila

Air-conditioned bus trips to Baguio leave Avenida in Manila, Pasay, PITX in Paranaque, Cubao in Quezon City terminals daily on an hourly basis. Popular bus lines offering the Baguio route are Victory Liner, Partas, Joy Bus, Philippine Rabbit, Pine Tree Transit, Solid North and Genesis. One way bus ticket would cost you P450, and the 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 the 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]

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

Searching for the best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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