There is a city called Baguio in Philippines. Although it is quite hot in Philippines especially during summer season, the temperature in the city of Baguio is not so high even during the summer season. The city of Baguio is highly urbanized and located in the province of Benguet in Northern Luzon island.
It has become the center of business and commerce as well as the center of education in the entire Northern Luzon. Because of its high altitude location (1540 meters: 5052 feet) Baguio City was designated by the Philippine Commission as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on June 1, 1903 when this country belonged to the United States.
There is a flower festival held in this city every year. This festival is called “Panagbenga Festival”. According to Wikipedia, this festival is held during the month of February and it 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. The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers not unlike those used in Pasadena’s Rose Parade. The festival also includes street dancing, presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes, that is inspired by the Bendian, an Ibaloi dance of celebration that came from the Cordillera region.
Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival in English) is a month-long annual festival unlike most flower festivals that typically lasts 3 to 7 days. Aside from economic boosts 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.
The typical event schedule is as mentioned below:
Opening Parade: February 1.
Trade Fair and Bazaar: First Saturday of February until First Sunday of March
Parade and Street Dancing Competition: Fourth Saturday of February
Float and Marching Band Competitions: Fourth Sunday of February
Session Road in Bloom: Fourth Monday of February until First Sunday of March
Closing Ceremonies: First Sunday of March
If you have a chance of visiting Philippines in February, why not visit Baguio and enjoy this floral festival ?
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