Definitely, the best times to be in the Panagbenga Festival are during the parades! Witness the Grand Opening Parade on February 1 featuring the “Drum & Lyre Dance Competition – Elementary Division.” Don’t forget the route so you can get the best views: Panagbenga Park – Session Road – Magsaysay Avenue – Harrison Road – Melvin Jones Football Grounds.
Grand Street Dancing Parade (Photo courtesy of City Government of Baguio)
Next major spectacle is the Grand Street Dancing Parade which happens on February 27, 8:00 AM. Route is Panagbenga Park – Session Road – Magsaysay Avenue – Harrison Road – Athletic Bowl. Finally, on February 28 is the Grand Float Parade which starts at 8:00 AM starting at DILG to Session Road then Harrison Road to Athletic Bowl.
Baguio Bloom in Exhibition and Exposition (February 1 – March 6, 2016)
Be a tree-hugger, environmentalist, or nature-lover. Visit the “Baguio Bloom in Exhibitions and Exposition,” and see for yourself the stunning display of flower arrangements, garden designs, and landscapes created by different participating schools from the Cordillera Administrative Region. The exhibit will be held at Lake Drive, Burnham Park. If you find yourself in the mood to see some more flora, you can have Baguio Orchidarium as your next stop. The Orchidarium, which is located at Shanum Street, Baguio City, is home to colorful orchids and other flowering and non-flowering plants of different varieties.
Session Road in Bloom (February 29 – March 4, 2016)
Another most-anticipated event in the annual Festival is the “Session Road in Bloom.” If your ideas of fun are food tripping and shopping ‘til you drop, this one is the perfect event for you. The two-way road will be closed to give way to around 30 to 40 stalls selling souvenirs, clothes, books, food, handicrafts, artworks, and of course, the strawberry taho, among many other local products. A mini-concert on the side also graces the affair.
Chinese Spring Festival (Photo courtesy of City Government of Baguio)
After watching the grand opening parade on February 1, 2016, your next bets for Instagram-worthy pictures will be the Chinese Spring Festival on February 8, 2016, where dragon dances and parades happen all over the city, and the activities set on February 14, 2016, for Valentine’s Day. Different shows and activities on that day like “The Kite Flying Challenge,” “Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio,” “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom,” “Panagbenga Variety Show,” and fireworks display await you.