Dagupan City bares Bangus Festival schedule of activities

DAGUPAN CITY -- This year’s celebration of Bangus Festival will be more exciting and more spectators not just from nearby towns but also nearby provinces are expected to come for what local folks consider as one of the best celebrations in the country.

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About 4000 kilos equivalent to 12,000 pieces of milkfish would be grilled during street parties serving as the main highlight of the festival held annually as a show of gratitude to the city's thriving aquaculture, particularly in the bountiful harvest of bangus or milkfish every year.

“I believe that this Bangus Festival is very special dahil ang pulso ng Dagupeño ay maibalik ito sa downtown area para mapakinabangan ng mga kababayan natin,” said Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim during a press conference Friday.

Mayor Lim added that it’s not only a celebration; it is also a day of economic opportunity for many fellow Dagupeños.

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Mayor Lim said the city government has allotted 1,000 grills for the highlight event known as Kalutan ed Dalan street party.

Few years ago about 10,000 fish were cooked on 1000 grills placed along Fernandez Avenue. It was a world record.

For this year, the schedule of activities of Bangus Festival and their venues are the following: Bangus Festival Opening April 18; Pasasalamat Ed Ilog ( Pasasalamat sa Ilog ) April 19; MDCC Cycling Event April 24; Dagupan Youth Festival (City plaza) April 26 ; Mass Wedding (People's astrodome) April 27; Bangus Rodeo (City Plaza) April 28, and Kalutan Ed Dagupan (AB Fernandez Avenue) April 30.