Panagbenga is a month-long annual flower festival held in Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines.The term is of Malayo-Polynesian origin, meaning “season of blooming.”
Held during the month of February, it was created in 1995 as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers. The festival also holds street dancing by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes. Aside from economic boost from tourism, the festival also helped the younger generation of indigenous people to rediscover their culture’s old traditions. The indigenous people was first wary with government-led tourism because of the threat that they will interfere or change their communities’ rituals.
Long live Philippine festivals!