SLIDESHOW: Panagbenga 2014 in pictures

Posted at 02/24/14 6:04 PM

BAGUIO CITY -- Foreign tourists and local residents gathered at Session Road in Baguio City to watch the annual Panagbenga Festival Grand Street Dance Parade.

Also known as the flower festival, Panagbenga is celebrated every February in Baguio City.

Joining the competition are dance troupes from elementary, secondary and special education schools from all over the city.

The parade was attended by officials from the Baguio city government, members of the Philippine Military Academy and foreign delegates from South Korea and Japan.

Ethnic groups from the Cordillera region also joined the parade and performed tribal dances while wearing traditional costumes.

The word "Panagbenga" traces its roots from Kankanaey, a native dialect of the Cordilleras. It literally means "season of blooming."

The month-long festival was organized and handled by the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation.