The North Vista

Bangus Festival Part 2

by @SiRVis


A travel journal that will give you a pleasant view of people, places, food, culture, history and events from a refreshing perspective


THIS year’s Bangus Festival saw a Gilon Gilon ed Baley sans hall of famer Brgy. Pantal (winner of the street dancing competition for three consecutive years). Cluster 1 composed of eastern barangays Salisay, Mangin, Bolosan, Tebeng, Mamalingling and Tambac emerged as champion. Cluster 1 also won two minor awards as Best in Props and Best in Costume, bringing home a total of P190,000 as cash prize as well as the right to represent the city in the Festivals of the North. Cluster 5 composed of barangays Lasip Grande, Pogo Grande, Pogo Chico, Malued, Lasip Chico and Lucao and Cluster 4: Caranglaan, Bacayao Sur, Bacayao Norte, Mayombo and Herrero-Perez were 1st runner up and 2nd runner up respectively.

In this year’s Bangus rodeo, we saw the heaviest bangus ever recorded in the history of the contest. The 8.04 kg milkfish is owned by Frederick Reyes. The longest bangus is at 76 centimeters owned by Blas Gabriel Caneng. Rene Melendez’s bangus won as this year’s “prettiest bangus”.

The second installation of Up North Music and Art Festival organized by CSI’s young marketing guru Jeto Seen exposed Dagupenos to the indie music scene featuring young and upcoming Pangasinense rapper Timmy Tim and other artists from Manila. Two stages and more food kiosks were set up for this year’s music festival.  The live art and art exhibit were executed by local artists from Biskeg Pangasinan Art Collective. And it was free beer all night long!

The Bangus Culinary Showcase or Bangusine featured different ways to cook bangus through Philippines’ regional cuisine in a back to roots theme as the previous years featured international cuisine.

The Festivals of the North saw a new champ in Pandan Festival who also copped all the minor awards. Three consecutive FON champion Bangus Festival was first runner-up; Tinugbo Festival of Pugo, La Union was second runner-up; Basi Festival of Naguilian, La Union, 3rd runner-up; Dinamulag-Mango Festival of Iba, Zambales, 4th runner-up; and Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag Ilocos Norte; Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan; and Talong Festival of Villasis, Pangasinan, 5th runners-up.

The Bangusan Street Party (Kalutan, Kainan and Kasayahan ed Dalan) dubbed the biggest street party in the Philippines saw an estimate of 800,000 people, 20,000 bangus, around 1,000 grills, eight stages with famous bands and artists along the 3.5 kilometers span of the De Venecia highway extension road.

What’s Up Dagupan (which I created and head) the pioneer in Facebook live social media coverage in the region promoted and featured all the Bangus festival events – live/ in real time! This year we added an aerial Facebook live feature, another first in the region! Kudos to the team members Jojo Tamayo, Jec Mabasa, Mike Fernandez, David Resultay and the new recruits (the drone team): John Lorenz Aficial, Jon Rae Lorenzo and Juvan Aficial!

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