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Bangus Festival 2015: Loving One’s Own

Bangus Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities

Dagupan is revving up for their famous Bangus Festival and it will focus on the past years’ strengths.
On April 16, Bangust Festival 2015 will kick off and proceed until May 1st. This is a deviation from past years where the celebration goes on for a month or more.

Bangus Festival 2015 photo by
Bangus Festival 2015 photo by

The festivities will also be simpler this year, to pull focus to the true meaning of the event: highlighting the one-of-a-kind quality of Dagupan’s bangus or milkfish.

Bangusan Street Party during Bangus Festival in Dagupan City
Bangusan Street Party photo by Micaela Rodriguez

Mayor Belen Fernandez announced that this ear, only events that are certified big crowd pleasers from previous years will be part of the festival’s lineup of activities.

Some of the activities you can look forward to include:

  • Gilon-Gilon – a street dancing event where groups coming from various areas of the city can participate in order to choose which troupe will represent them in the major competition: Festivals of the North.
  • Festivals of the North – all street dancing champions from Central Luzon to north will be given venue to show their talents in an exciting competition. Prizes of up to Php 200,000.00 await the future winners. Last year, Barangay Lucao in Dagupan emerged victorious in this thrilling event.
  • Bangusan Street Party – along the 3km-stretch of Jose R. De Venecia Expressway Extension, thousands of Dagupenos and their friends are expected to participate in this citywide party. This event sees locals connect over 800 grills to cook up to four thousand kilos of bangus. Only authentic Dagupan bangus will be served to give visitors a taste of what makes their fish so special. It’s also a way for locals to be reminded of the uniqueness of their primary export.

People in town for the event can expect a host of other activities including a cook fest where participants cook different dishes using bangus, sports competitions, and the Festival’s final event, Pista’y Dayat to be held on May 1st at Bonuan’s Tondaligan Beach.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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