Baguio's Panagbenga 2018 showcases culture, creativity

Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2018 11:01 PM

BAGUIO -- An estimated 1.5 million tourists and locals attended Baguio City's much-awaited Panagbenga flower festival, which is now on its 23rd year.

Just last year, Baguio City was named as one of UNESCO’s Creative City for crafts and folk arts joining the network of 180 creative cities and this year's festival was meant to showcased the culture and creativity of the Cordillera region.

Among the highlights of Panagbenga 2018 was the Grand Street Dance Parade participated by local student groups and street dancers, who came from the different provinces in the north, some coming all the way from Aurora province; and the Grand Float Parade participated by 27 floats. 

Most of the local participants showcased cultural dances, swaying to the familiar Panagbenga Hymn. 
 
Some of the colorful floats will be displayed at the Melvin Jones football field for a few days for the public, while the rest will be brought to their respective sponsors to be displayed in their establishments.

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

The Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition on Saturday was participated in by eight elementary schools, five high schools and 14 groups in the open category. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News

Some 1 million tourists arrived in Baguio to watch the Grand Float Parade on Sunday. Carl Taawan, ABS-CBN News