THE Bangus Festival 2017 edition in Dagupan City had a new participant – the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Mayor Belen Fernandez warmly welcomed the inclusion of the ASEAN float in the Festivals of the North parade held on April 28 and the ASEAN Mobile Kiosk at the Bangusan Street Party on April 30.
The ASEAN float paraded in a mini-truck bedecked with flowers and balloons. The front area featured the ASEAN emblem while the left and right sides of the truck bore the logo “ASEAN @50 PHILIPPINES, Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”
The ASEAN flag as well as the flags of the ten member nations were prominently displayed in the inner portion of the float. A sound system also echoed the ASEAN Hymn during the parade.
On April 30, the ASEAN mobile kiosk was positioned at the entrance of the Bangusan Street Party along the Jose de Venecia Expressway. The kiosk comprised of a rack with information materials on ASEAN, a huge television set that played ASEAN videos and a standee of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
The Philippines hosting to the 30th ASEAN Summit while the Bangus Festival was being staged. (PIA-Pangasinan/VHS)