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Travel PH | Blossoming Oneself in Panagbenga 2018

Its another year and its Panagbenga all over again.  Baguio will be alive again to the highest level when the flowers bloom, people dance on the streets and music will fill the air the whole month of February.

This year's festival is from February 1 till March 4.  A schedule is attached in this article so better check that out.  Whats worthy to note are the grand celebrations on February 24 and 25.  This is where the grand floats come out and the festival goes on fever pitch.

So grab your booking app and find the remaining accommodation out there, and book it. 

How to get to Baguio

Traveling by car or van means you will traverse NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX, then to McArthur Highway all the way through Kennon Road or Naguilan.  This will take you 4-5 hours, thanks to the various expressways already built.

Taking public transportation will give you the adventure and will probably take you 5-6 hours on a regular air-conditioned bus from Cubao or Manila.  Take a deluxe bus and travel time will be shorter around 4-5 hours since there will be no stopovers, they have restrooms built inside the bus already hence no stopping.

Regular air-conditioned buses - fare Php445 plus or minus
Dagupan Bus Lines - Cubao - Telephone 02-7272330 - No WIFI
Genesis Bus Line - Manila Cubao Pasay - Telephone 02-709-0803 - With WIFI
Philippine Rabbit - Manila - Telephone 02-734-9836 - No WIFI
Victory Liner - Pasay Cubao Manila Caloocan - Telephone 02-727-4688 - With WIFI
Deluxe air-conditioned bus - fare Php720 plus or minus
Joy Bus Line - Manila Cubao Pasay - Telephone 02-709-0803 - With WIFI, snacks, water and restroom

Verdict on Public Transport
This writer took the both the regular and the deluxe and surmised that given the small price difference, you should opt for the deluxe.  That being said, we suggest that you book your tickets early for the deluxe bus as most people is thinking the same way we do.  This writer made an error of not booking an advance ticket thus when it was time for to go back to manila, I had to consider being a chance passenger.  Best time to go to there? Take the bus at 11pm or Midnight, you will reach Baguio  come 5am or 6am. Just in time for your breakfast at either 456 Chinese Restaurant or at Good Taste.  Read future articles on where to eat and stay in Baguio.

For the events during the Panagbenga Festival check this schedule provided by the Secretariat.  Visit also their official website here

Where to stay in Baguio?  
Try our article on hotels, hostels and transients within the city.  

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