My 3-year old wish to witness the Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City finally came true this year, and I have never seen Baguio sooooo colorful like it ever before!
Well, it’s my first time to witness the Grand Float Parade of the City’s Flower Festival, and it’s a real thrill (and challenge, too)! The crowd is already thick on the sidewalks of Session Road as early as 6am. It’s difficult to find a fairly good spot to take pictures.
Nonetheless, the colorful and fun vibe of the floats artistically decorated with flowers parading on Session Road is all worth the wait and long walks and heavy traffic after. And my most favorite float is of course the City Government’s float featuring Mr. Gru’s minions from Despicable Me, FTW! 😀
It is impressive how each float was decorated and covered with flowers. They must have needed soooo much flowers! And Baguio has that much variety of flowers! I find it amusing. Where else in the country can you find that much bloom? I guess so, too — only in this part of the country.
Here are some of floats with the pesky scaffolding that blocks my view from where I was standing, and the super-zoomed details of the floats.
Some celebrities also graced the Float Parade:
More splash of colors:
During the months of December to February, Baguio City is freezing (well, almost) cold from as low as 9 degrees Celsius. Tap water is so cold, you would be wondering if it is coming all the way from Narnia. Breeze is so cold you can create a fog when you exhale from your mouth. So find comfort with clothes that will keep you warm.
Nice find: Choco-late De Batirol, a garden restaurant inside Camp John Hay. The most popular in their menu is their hot chocolate prepared the traditional way – dissolving thick chocolate paste in water then placing it in a batirol, then flavorings are mixed using a wooden whisk. I am not so much of a coffee drinker, so hot choco on a cool afternoon breeze in Baguio is just perfect for me.