Bayambang finally holds Malangsi Festival

BAYAMBANG—Heavy downpour did not stop this town from celebrating on April 10 its newfound fame as the new record holder of the Longest Barbeque Grill in the Guinness World Record with its Malangsi Festival.

For the festival’s merrymaking with Kalutan and music festival, the Bayambang government prepared 45,000 kilos of fresh water fish, mostly tilapia, for grilling on 8,000 one-meter-long grills on the Pangasinan State University’s Bayambang campus.

Mayor Cesar Quiambao led the celebration that was also attended by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as the guest of honor.

Marcos said Bayambang and many towns in Ilocos Norte produce the same agriculture product, lasona (or shallots) and suggested that they should work together to look for solutions to eradicate if not minimize the effect of infestation of army worms and to stop smuggling of onions and garlic.

Quiambao narrated to Marcos the recent calamity that hit the town’s farmers who had to harvest their produce prematurely to cut their losses on account of the wide scale infestation by army worms.

“Naiwasan ng farmers natin ang malaking lugi, dahil nag-harvest sila agad kahit malilit pa kaysa masira lahat at wala silang kita,” Quiambao said.

Meanwhile, Quiamboa said the town is now preparing to build a 51-meter-high statue of Saint Vincent Ferrer, made of steel and bamboo.

“It will be taller than the Statue of Liberty in the United States of America,” the mayor said.

The statue, he said, will be built in the church of St. Vincent Ferrer to highlight the 600th death anniversary of St. Vincent and 100th anniversary of the church on April 5, 2019. (Nora Dominguez)

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