DAGUPAN CITY, April 25 (PIA) — Dagupeños will enjoy a long weekend having two more days-off on Tuesday, April 30 and on Wednesday, May 1.
April 30 was declared a special non-working day in Dagupan for residents to mark the Bangus (milk fish) festival, a highlight of the on-going festival in the city, considered the Bangus capital of the world.
May 1, meanwhile, is a regular holiday to mark Labor Day in the country.
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 570 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and by the authority of President Benigno Aquino III, April 30 was declared a holiday here to enable Dagupeños and visitors to take part in the Bangus festival.
The three-week Bangus fest was first celebrated in 2002 courtesy of City Mayor Benjamin Lim to help promote the Bangus industry.
A crowd favorite is the street grilling (Kalutan ed Dalan) where 1,000 barbecue grills are lined up for the simultaneous roasting of the famous Bangus stretching up to two kilometers.
The city earned recognition in the Guinness Book of World records as the world’s longest barbecue in 2003.
This year, the celebration kicked off on April 20 and will culminate on May 5 with an array of activities that include street dancing, 101 Ways to Cook Seafoods, Pigar-Pigar (Carabeef) Festival , trade and exhibit fair, ‘Takbo para sa Sinocalan River’, Little Miss Dagupan and concerts.
Bangus Festival was initially staged as part of the Pista’y Dayat (Sea Festival) where a thanksgiving mass is conducted every May 1 to thank the Lord for the endless bounty from the sea. It has since developed into a socio-economic festivity that highlights the city’s marine products. (MCA/VHS/PIA1-Pangasinan)