Friday, February 10, 2012

What's in store for Panagbenga 2012?






So what is it to expect from  the 2012 Panagbenga Festival in Baguio?  Seems to be a lot of fun surprises as I chanced upon the official website for the event. Which apart from being filled with sponsor logos has its own online customer service link.  I have been to ONE Panagbenga Event in the past and the nostalgia and excitement is almost close to being indescribable.  There were lots of people who flocked the main streets to get a good spot for the highly anticipated float parade and street dance competition.  Everyone was wearing their best smiles despite the crowd and every time a new float passes-by it seems like time stops for that moment.
 
The website is not as detailed as I was expecting it to be but it has the basics, one of them would be the comprehensive event calendar and a FAQ which I captured below.

Panagbenga FAQ's
What would be the best day to visit the month-long Panagbenga festival?
Well, it’s a month-long mix of multifarious activities that is guaranteed to satisfy one’s senses. Thus, everyday is the “best day.”

When would be a great time to reserve a hotel room for the festival?
No sooner than we say goodbye to 2011, most accommodations get filled to the rafters once the calendar of activities is out. As such, it is advisable to pickup the phone and make your reservations once you’ve decided which activity you want to be part of… that time, my friend, is now!

The Panagbenga festival is held during the months of February and March. What is the climate of Baguio during these months? What clothes should we bring?
February to March are months when the freezing climate begins to taper in favor of something a bit more temperate. Thick jackets are out and light long-sleeved shirts to loud-colored t-shirts are in during the season.

Below are the official contact details of this year's organizers.

The Panagbenga Secretariat
Baguio Conventions and Visitors Bureau bldg., Burnham Park, Baguio City
Telefax: (+6374) 442 4315
Email: secretariat@panagbenga.org
Website: http://www.panagbenga.ph

The Panagbenga Communications Committee
2 Ledesma St., Aurora Hill, Baguio City
Email:
communications@panagbenga.org
paulclavio@onlinebaguio.com
Website: http://www.panagbenga.ph


Just enough to tease you up, here are some of the highlights of the 2009 event I went to.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

40 comments:

  1. This is one of the tourist attractions festivals in our country, which I want to witness personally. My curiosity is not unfilled. I don't have any idea how it did happen to be called as "Panagbenga". What's the origin of this? As far as I know this is all about flower festival similar to, I think, flower festival in America.

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  2. i think it was from a local dialect (Ilocano) to refer to season when the flowers bloom...just like spring..

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  3. wow. baguio sure has a lot of flowers. it's one of the many places in philippines that I want to visit someday.

    LiLPiNK
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  4. We were in Baguio last year. I love the flowers!

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    1. that's great! i'm planning to visit and see the festival again but next year maybe..

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  5. I also posted the schedule for panagbenga 2012 in my blog http://travel-on-a-shoe-string.blogspot.com/2012/02/baguio-city-panagbenga-festival-updated.html

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  6. wow! beautiful! you can really see how creative people in Baguio are :)

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    1. creative, yes, there are many people from Baguio who are really good at these festivals....

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  7. I've been to Baguio on a February in 2008 to attend the National Press Conference but unlucky to have not chanced the Panagbenga Festival. Someday, I'm going back to Baguio City just for the sole purpose of experiencing Panagbenga Festival.

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    1. ow that's bad... anyway there will be other opportunities and when u have it, go grab one...

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  8. we've been in Baguio for 4-5 times but haven't visited them during panagbenga .. Usually we go there during summer.

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    1. let ur summer roll earlier a bit more.. start it in Feb next year so you can see this event

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  9. I am planning to go there for the float parade and many bloggers really suggest that you have to be as early as possible to get the best spot. Lucky you stole a great position there. Hope I'll be able to get my convenient spot too.

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    1. ah yes, positioning is the Key, good thing people naman there are all in good spirit so if they see that you have a camera they will more often than not give you nice space..

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  10. Been to Baguio pero di ko pa na-experience tong Panagbenga. Pero sa nakikita kong pictures, siguradong masaya to, naalala ko bigla ang kadayawan sa Davao n_n

    ganda ng blog :) followed you thru GFC too.

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  11. Thanks for the update though I'd be missing Panagbenga for the nth time. XD

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  12. This is grandiose and resplendent.... Ang flamboyant pa... Nice.

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    1. pretty nice words worth of a wonderful event such as Panagbenga

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  13. i think it's the float that distinguishes this event among other festivals.

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  14. This is what I love about blog hopping...I am not a well traveled person, blogpost like this serves as my window to the world. Baguio is also one of a few na napuntahan namin ng family ko several times. Unfortunately never been to Panagbennga fest..

    Keep on blogging and inspiring others.

    Been here from FBW FB group

    its me,
    cielo of Brown Pinay

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    1. thanks much Cielo for the kind words... glad blogs such as this have been of 'service'... do try to explore places too in the future.. one small step at a time, ehe...

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  15. I'm a graduate of Baguio (SLU) and I always watch Panagbenga during the 4 yrs I was there, kaso after graduating I never had the chance to watch it again.. hopefully next time! ;)

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  16. Wow, I didn't know Panagbenga is a month-long event pala :D As much as I want to experience it this year, I don't have the funds and the time to go.. >.< I hope I can experience Panagbenga next year though. It looks so fun! :)

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    1. me too ehe... im planning, hopefully next year to be able to visit and see this event once again

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  17. i've never been to this event though i used to go to baguio.
    grabe ang dami palang activities. hopefully i could catch this the next time i go back.

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    1. yes please do... schedule it when the float and street dancing parade are taking place para sulit

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  18. will be going to Panagbenga this year!! nandun kami ng 24-27.. I'm so excited na! sana lang talaga matuloy kasi nanganganib na hindi dahil may nagback out na mga kasama.. T_T

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    1. that's great news! Hope you do enjoy and please do post your photos to chronicle your adventures

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  19. looking forward to Panagbenga. Hirap lang magpaalam sa work.Buti pa yung mga tambay...BTW, nice post.

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    1. haha oo nga kakainggit mga tambay lang.. anyway paraparaan lang yan sabi nga...good luck

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  20. i missed the occasion this year.. luckily you have photos to share for us! beautiful shoot!

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    1. yup... i likewise mustered all the discipline i had in me not to go muna for this year... planning for next year tho..

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  21. It will take a long time before I can visit for the Panagbenga. Sigh.

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    1. why is that>.> abroad? ehe.. just make sure you schedule your next visit by Feb so you can join this if ever.. thanks for dropping by my site

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