Dagupan’s Bangus Festival to kick off on April 12
DAGUPAN CITY — The Bangus Festival this year will commence with the grand opening parade on the main thoroughfares of the city and the ‘Gilon-Gilon ed Baley’ Street Dancing Competition on April 12.
City Tourism Coordinator Sharon Maramba said some events related to the festival have already taken place, such as the Windsurfing Regatta and the Jayceeken Tren na Dayew singing competition held last week.
“(But) we’re far from over. In fact, we’ve only just begun,” Maramba said in an interview Monday.
Gilon-Gilon, a local phrase referring to the act of harvesting bangus (milkfish), will be embedded in the dance performances of six clusters of barangays in the city, vying for the P200,000 cash prize.
The first runner-up will take home P100,000, the second runner-up will be awarded P80,000, while a P30,000 consolation prize will be given to the others.
“A Bangus Festival jobs fair will be launched on April 13 at the CSI Atrium, so we invite all job seekers and fresh graduates,” Maramba said.
April 14 will be an exciting event for car enthusiasts, as the 6th Invitational Slalom Competition, co-presented by the Dagupan Auto Group, will be held here, she added.
For action-seeking Dagupeños, the Mayor Belen T. Fernandez Kickboxing Cup will be held at the Dagupan City Plaza at 4 p.m. on April 17.
“It is an open invitation, an amateur kickboxing tournament,” Maramba said.
The Bangus Festival activities will pause on April 18 and 19 to observe the Holy Week but will resume on April 23 with the Bangus Rodeo (classifying of milkfish), one of the institutional activities of the Bangus Festival.
“The rodeo event will have the search for the longest, prettiest, and heaviest bangus, fastest bangus classifier, fastest bangus deboner, and fastest bangus eater. We are sure that this will be one of the most exciting and memorable events,” Maramba said.
Culinary aficionados will take delight in the Bangusine event at the
Dagupan City Plaza at 4 p.m. on April 24.
“The Bangusine will take popular and exotic cuisines with a twist – all making use of the world-class Dagupan City Bangus,” she further said.
The Bangus Festival would end with the Bangusan Street Party, which drew one million visitors last year, as its regular culminating activity at the New de Venecia Highway on April 30.
“Grills are now available worth P3,500, inclusive of 5 kg. of bangus, charcoal, bottles of soft drinks, hotdogs, and other kitchen utensils. They may make the reservation at the Dagupan City Tourism Office,” Maramba noted.
Performers during this year’s Bangusan Street Party are Abra, Ben and Ben, This Band, I Belong to the Zoo, Parokya ni Edgar, and Juan Karlos “JK” Labajo.
On May 1, simultaneous with the celebration of the Province of Pangasinan’s Pistay Dayat, the Bangus Festival Open Boxing Championship will be held at the Bonuan Tondaligan Blue Beach.
Maramba said the executive committee continues to conduct meetings to ensure an enjoyable and safe street party. (PNA)