Baguio-OH: The Panagbenga Festival Story

April 19, 2014

I've been to Baguio several times. But I never had the chance to experience the Panagbenga Festival. Inspired by the Floriade in Canberra, I told Ara that I'd like to visit Baguio for this year's festival. I told her that I'd chaperone her and the boyfriend. But we told our teammates about the trip,and they decided to join us. I also invited my high school friend Meri, and Accenture friend Dwin, to come along too. Ara arranged the trip, she searched for the van, and the accommodation. We left Makati at around midnight, and reached Baguio at around 7am. We didn't make it in time for the Street Dance, so we decided to eat at Cafe by the Ruins instead. 

We first went to Good Shepherd after breakfast for pasalubong, ube jam love! :P

We proceeded to the Mines View Park after securing our hauls at the van. It was Kit's first time in Baguio, so we bullied him into wearing the Ifugao costume. I didn't try them on this time, I had my chance in one of my Baguio trips. :P

March 2011
We went to the observation deck for photo ops. I went with Meri, Dwin, Janice, and Kit. The others did their business at the Mines View Park e.g. pasalubong shopping.
with Meri and Kit
just because I look pretty on this photo haha
We left for lunch, and went to the Ketchup Food Community to eat at Canto Canto. Ribs, baby! KFC is near the Wright Park. I recommend you visit this when you go to Baguio.

We went to Camp John Hay because we planned to do the Tree Top adventures, but couldn't agree about it. We left for the Cemetery of Negativism.  According to their website, "The Lost Cemetery or Pet Cemetery as others fondly call it, the Cemetery of Negativism  is one of the famous sites found within the Historical Core. Designed by then Base Commander Major John Hightower, the Cemetery of Negativism is the symbolic burial place of negativism, said to be man’s greatest self-imposed infliction, his most limiting factor, and his heaviest burden."
Take a look on some of the tombstones. This one, the WHY DIDENT I? Lived Wondering Why and Died for No Reason. So, that's why I always tell you to seize the day. Yolo, people! The other one, Itz Not Possible, Still Not Born. This one LETZ STUDY IT, Delayed Birth, Never Reached Maturity. Hmm, never really doing it. Procrastinating a lot, I guess.

After the quick tour on the cemetery, we went further the Historical Core. The Cemetery of Negativism is only one part of the Historical Core. We found the Panagbenga Flower and the Totem Pole. This wooden totem pole features the people that helped in the development of Camp John Hay.

We went inside the Bell House. This used to be the vacation house of the Commanding Generals.

Just beside the Bell House is the Ampitheater. This structure is designed for concerts and acoustic performances.
We walked a bit on the History Trail. Aside from the history nuggets, the place is picturesque. :P
love this photo
After several more minutes in the Historical Core. We went back at the van, and we left Camp John Hay. Yes, without the Tree Top Adventure! We went instead on the Strawberry Farm. This was my first time! I'm not a fan of strawberries, but I really would like to visit this. Aside from strawberries, there are vegetables as well e.g lettuce and broccoli.
Since I didn't want to buy strawberries, I asked one Kuya if he would allow us to get in his farm lot to take pictures, he gladly agreed. Big thanks to the nice guys in the world, hihi!
We went to our transient house, and took our dinner after freshening up. The Panagbenga was scheduled the following morning. We had to wake up early in order to get good spots. 

Unfortunately, we kept on losing each other the following morning. It was almost the start of the parade when we settled on our selected spots. I was standing with strangers, and Kit took this photo from his spot. Karir!

There were a number of interesting floats. Let me share some of them. The minions float was cute, and this music-themed float was nicely done. Kudos to the people who created the floats, and everyone who had been part of the parade. It was very hot that day. 
minions fever
music-themed float
Bahag float
Marian is really pretty!
But this is my favorite of the lot.Langhap sarap!
After the parade, we went to SM Baguio for a quick lunch, and headed back to Manila. But this was before stopping at the Lion's head!
haggard na ako!

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