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“Panagbenga“ : Flower festival in the summer capital of the Philippines -- Baguio City

Updated on August 3, 2012

“Panagbenga“ : Flower festival in the summer capital of the Philippines -- Baguio City

Who wouldn’t love to see flowers blooming beautifully? Specially for us who live in the Western world where winter is still on and we have to weather the cold season, memories of the flower festival in the Philippines always make me smile and want to be back and visit the beautiful country --- "The Philippines”.

Where is Baguio City, Philippines?

Philippines is a country located south of Taiwan, north of Malaysia, and separated from Vietnam to the west by the South China Sea in Asia. Philippines is located at South-East Asia, near the Pacific Ocean. It has 7,107 islands and it is subdivided into three large island groups namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Baguio City is located in the northern tip of the country in the Luzon area.

Baguio City Philippines

Panagbenga Flower Festival 2011 - Baguio City

Baguio City is considered the summer capital of the Philippines


Baguio City is considered the summer capital of the Philippines, the reason being that it is colder there than the rest of the country (cold comparing to the generally hot weather conditions during summer in the Philippines) that gives sense of relief to the humid and hot weather experienced by other parts of the country in the Philippines. It lies in a mountainous region down the northern part of the Philippines. Like any Southeast Asian country, Philippines has a temperate climate, tropical in simpler terms, where you enjoy two seasons, the wet and the dry season. Baguio City enjoys a cold weather throughout the year, and it is a spot for tourists and people to visit during the really hot season. The people would like to cool off in the area and enjoy the weather at 12C. Panagbenga festival is a way to showcase the blooms and the beauty of the city.

Panagbenga” or the flower festival is month-long annual flower show of display and festival in Baguio City and is celebrated every February. The terms simply means -- “season of blooming” and that it is of “Malayo Polynesian” origin. The festival, held during the month of February, 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, yes we have that too, intensity 7.7 Richter scale. Every year every February the month long festival is celebrated, and the culmination is the float parade.

The flower festival in Baguio City is usually awesome display of flowers and other related festivities.

I will not bore you with many explanations just look at some of the photos here and be patient with the videos.

2012 Panagbenga Flower Festival

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      Stella 5 years ago

      What were the different flowers on display? Lovely post!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks for your comment and compliment habee, beautiful isnt it? Maita

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks for your nice compliments tonymac, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      mtsi I link my soprts hub to your card soprts hub, Thanks, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      done mtsi, Can I also link your sports hub to my latest hub, thanks, Maita

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      What a stunning Hub - and the photos are simply beautiful. What a fantastic occasion that festival must be! Thanks so much for writing this and postingte pix.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey mtsi, thanks, when I am trying to get through your hub it said it doesnt exist, oh, but thanks and I will link this one to mine too, you can link it to yours if you want, Good day mtsi, saw your avatar again, nice, Maita

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      what a great job showing your culture...I linked you to http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Greek-Me-American-Gyro... hope you do not mind...thanks

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks Dao, come on, we will visit the Philippines, hehe, thanks, Maita

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      Dao Hoa 7 years ago

      The floats are beautiful. I love flowers. They also remind me of the Rose Bowl Parade, which I watch every year. Your country really knows how to celebrate.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Tina, yes it seems they are the same and one, would love to see the Rose parade too, one day, thanks dear for droppng by, and yes the flower festival is awesome, ya finished cooking? Can I eat at your house hehe, I am imagining your recipe, Maita

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      The Flower Festival seems to be like the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. The photos you posted are so attractive. It seems that the people are really enjoying the celebration. Very nice.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi emievil, it is beautiful yes, and I am glad you like the pics, there is nothing like celebrating it isnt it? and the flowers are just great and could even smell it, Thanks emievil, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Cris, thanks for dropping by again. Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes David, went to Singapore already but I saw some only too, I love the orchids there too and Sentosa is awesome, will drop by later to slook at your A La Carte hubs, Thank you David, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey hypno, youre never a boring guy, I read your hubs and it is always enlightening, hmmmm, did you make me trance hehe, Thanks, Maita

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      what a terrific post, Maita!!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Nice pics Maita. I have been to Baguio like twice and I really like that city. Hope I can go back there someday :).

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      Russell-D 7 years ago from Southern Ca.

      Great pictures. Had they all been Orchids, you'd have been in Singapore where are grown so many color variations, their beauty magnified by the hundreds as we walked thru the city orchid botanical garden. What Holland is to Tulips, Singapore is to Orchids. Flying them is great income for Singapore Airlines. For more, read the Singapore Chapter in A La Carte (Plug, Plug). David

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I know I'm boring but I always like your hubs Maita. Wonderful pictures, well written. Always lifting heart hubs. Now I have another destination on my wish list. Bookmarked too. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh Dave, it must be really cold out there in Canada right now, I am happy this flower pictures gave you reason to smile and wait for spring, I miss spring and summer too, Thank you and always bless, TC, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hello, am glad you like the pics, yes winter BRRR, I miss it really, thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey truth, you too have a great weekend, have heard of the Rose Bowl and it looks awesome too, am in love with flowers, thats why hehe, Thanks again, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi ehern, yes one day and I can be your tour guide too hehe, BTW. there are lots of many many more celebrations in the Philippines and if I have a chance I will feature them all one by one, not for my own sake but for you to see and visit it YEHEY,

      its raining here today at Dallas, how about there?

      thanks, maita

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Simply marvelous Maita. Seeing all the lovely flowers helps me to forget that I am in Canada suffering with the coldness of Winter...............Thankyou my love for warming my day this way.............HUGS for you.

      Sincerely,

      Dave.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures. Especially now in the middle of winter.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Incredible pictures Maita. I enjoyed them, It reminds me of the Rose Bowl Parade, except it looks like a larger celebration. Thanks and have a great weekend.

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      What great pictures and what a nice way to celebrate. Seems like a great place to learn and experience the culture. Awesome, maybe one day I will get to visit.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Ms Lou for your beautiful comments, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi hafeezrm, oh you can come back again in February so you can get as lots of pics as you want too, it sure is very nice and you can also travel to Manila, are you going there soon, I know you travel a lot, Thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey Tammy, yes it is really a nice place to visit and it is only seven hours away from Manila, the capital city too, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Mega, thanks for dropping by, and yes in Cali, thats awesome too, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Poppa, one day yes you might want to visit, just page a call here, I will be your tour guide hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Revlady, thnaks for dropping by always and yes they are very beautiful flower arrangements isnt it? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, yes one day, you gotta go there, when I was in the Philippines still, I used to visit it every year, it is seven hours away from Manila, the capital city, Thank you, Maita

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      Lou C 7 years ago

      Wow, Nice hub, truly amazing pictures. Would love to see this.

      Lou C

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      hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

      I have been to Baguio City. Thought it was in July, about 5 months after the Flower Festival, the city was lush green. Walking in the Burnham and Mines View Parks was a life time experience.

      Thanks for a good hub.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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      mega1 7 years ago

      reminds me of the Rose Parade! So beautiful!

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      Poppa Blues 7 years ago

      Love the beautiful flowers! I'd like to get there one day.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Awesome flowers. Seems like it is a well attended extravaganza. Makes me think spring has arrived! I can see why it is considered prestigious.

      Video and music is nice also. I really like the flower dragon.

      Thanks Maita.

      Forever His,

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow! What a beautiful flowery hub, Maita! It even smells nice :D I'd love to one day attend this celebration. Filipinos sure know how to mark an occasion! My favorite is the dolphins. Thanks for sharing this one!

      Dohn