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PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL (Baguio City, February 23-March 03, 2008)
Taken from a native word which means "season of blooming", Panagbenga is celebrated every February in the Summer Capital of the Philippines- Baguio City. At this time of year, the City of Pines is almost surely in flower fury over Panagbenga festival, the city's biggest festival. It showcases numerous floral floats and native dances where participants decorate their costumes with flowers of different sizes and colors. Often a Cañao is an undertaken to kick-off & celebrate the occasion. A Cañao is a dance that also is regularly performed at special occasions such as fiestas. In this two-person dance, the men hang blankets usually woven with an indigenous pattern or design-over each shoulder. The woman wraps a single similar blanket around her. The man leads her and dances in a circle with a hop-skip tempo to the beat of sticks and gongs. The dance must continue until the viewers decide to honor the dancers twice with a shout of "Ooo wag, hoy! Hoy!” Once this has happened, the dancers can stop. It is an honor to be invited to join the dance, and elders and other respected members of the community are expected to join in at every occasion. At night, the audience gather alltogether to witness the festival's latest attraction The Battle of the Bands.