Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — Living up to the 2016 Panagbenga Festival’s theme, “Bless the children with flowers,” the Grand Street Dancing Parade showcased young students’ dancing prowess — in colorful, flowery costumes.
Elementary and secondary students mesmerized spectators along the major thoroughfares of Baguio City on Saturday morning (February 27).
A total of 22 performers paraded along Session Road going down to Harrison Road before the final stop at the Baguio Athletic Bowl, where they gave their final performances.
Representatives from Baguio’s sister cities as far as Bukidnon and South Korea also joined the parade.
Of the 22 performing groups, eight competed in the elementary division, eight in the open division, while the rest were special guest performers.
According to the unofficial tally of the tourism office, an estimated half a million touristsvisited Baguio City on Saturday morning to take part in the Panagbenga festivities.
More are expected to arrive on Sunday (February 28) for the Grand Float Parade which will feature 24 floats.
Panagbenga means "season of blooming" in the local dialect since February is the time when most highland flowers bloom especially the sunflower.