(SPOT.ph) Baguio City's annual Panagbenga is one of the much-awaited events in the country that millions of foreign and local travelers flock to that side of Benguet every February and March. The festival showcases the many types of flowers that grow in the City of Pines and celebrates the culture and the history of the Cordilleras. And now that the Philippines is nearing the "endgame" of this pandemic, as Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. claimed on February 2, the famous Baguio Flower Festival is being staged again in March after two years of hiatus.
To avoid large gatherings, the event won't have the usual street dancing parade with elaborate floats on display, but other pocket activities are scheduled to happen all throughout the month.
Here are the event highlights for this year's special edition of Panagbenga Festival:
- March 6 - Opening Ceremonies
- March 6 to 27 - Panagbenga Open Landscaping Exhibition
- March 13 - Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio (featuring a Zumba session, painting exhibition, kiteflying challenge, adn a cultural show)
- March 20 - Panagbenga Open Dance Competition
- March 21 to 27 - Session Road in Bloom
- March 27 - Closing Fireworks Display
Other activities include the Baguio Country Club Blooms Garden Exhibit of Korean- and Japanese-themed landscapes, which is already ongoing; the reopening of the Baguio Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road on March 6; the city-wide 9th Stage Ronda Pilipinas from March 19 to 20; the 2nd Montanosa Film Festival at the Baguio Athletic Bowl from March 19 to 27; and the Flower Tee Golf at the Baguio Country Club from March 25 to 26.
At present, only fully vaccinated adults are allowed entry into Baguio City. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors are required to travel with fully vaccinated companions.
List of Baguio travel requirements (as of February 21):
- Approved QR-coded Tourist Pass from Visita Baguio
- Government-issued ID
- Vaccination certificated
Minors traveling with fully vaccinated companions
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minors (12 to 17 years old) must present negative results of antigen test conducted within 24 hours prior to entry or an RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours
- Travelers aged 11 and below are not required to present test results
Travelers from areas under Alert Level 3
- Adults are required to present an antigen test or an RT-PCR test
- Travelers below 19 shall follow the requirement for minors