Dallas, TX (PressExposure) June 29, 2009 -- Flowers is one of the many kinds of plants that have been used for many kinds of reasons. In some countries, flowers aren't just used for decorations or as a gift, it can be used as a nice, relaxing tea or as part of a gourmet dish. That right! Flowers are also used for drinking as well as eating. Flower vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke are widely used for a lot of dishes. The most expensive spice, saffron, consists of dried stigmas of a crocus. Other flower spices are cloves and capers. Flowers can also be made into herbal teas. Dried flowers such as chrysanthemum, rose, jasmine, camomile are infused into tea both for their fragrance and medical properties.
Now in the Philippines, flowers aren't only used for a cup of tea or a good dish, it has also been the highlight of many festivities featuring some of the most beautiful flowers Philippines. One particular celebration is the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City.
Baguio City is popularly known as the summer capital of the Philippines. This is because of its beautiful scenery along with its lush and beautiful collections of flowers. Aside from their top notch schools and tourist spots, Baguio City is also known for its cultivation of foreign and native flowers Philippines. In fact, Baguio City is one of the main contributors of flowers throughout the country. Because of this, Baguio City started a festival that not only celebrates a memorial event, but to also feature their prime industry, flowers Philippines. This festival is known as the Panagbenga Festival.
Panagbenga Festival is annual event that showcases Baguio City as a home of abounding flower depots and cultural traditions. This month-long festival held every February usually concludes on a weekend of grand floral parade and fireworks display. The flower festival adopted the local Kankanaey name Panagbenga which literally means âa season of blossoming, a time for floweringâ coined by archivist and curator Ike Picpican. The first flower festival week in Baguio City happened from February 9-18, 1996 upon the approval of Resolution 007-1996.
Since then, the flower festival became one of Baguio Cityâs main attractions that reportedly draws thousands of visitors. The Department of Tourism saw a significant upsurge of tourist arrivals every year that reached millions of both local and international visitors coming to see the famous floral floats and street-dancing parade.