BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
THE search for the biggest, heaviest and prettiest bangus drew an impressive array of milkfish in this year’s Bangus Festival Rodeo.
This year’s Heaviest Bangus title went to Wilsorick Felix of Barangay Lucao whose entry weighed 5.58 kilos. This was Felix’s second consecutive win, surpassing his previous winning entry last year of 5.55 kilos. He received P15,000 cash prize and trophy.
Miguel Matthew Valdez’s entry of 4.56 kilos earned him the second spot for P10,000 and trophy, while Blue Andre Caneng’s 3.95 kilo bangus landed him in third spot, winning P5,000 and a trophy. Both are from Pantal.
Event Chairman and Liga ng mga Barangay Vice President Marcelino DS Fernandez inspects entries in the heaviest bangus. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)
Meanwhile, the Longest Bangus title was won by Lia Felix of Barangay Lucao, whose entry measured 80 cms long. Felix’s bangus was just a few centimeters shy from the longest bangus in the last six years which measured 87.5 cms.
Blas Gabriel Caneng of Pantal, who earned the top spot in 2017, landed second this year with a 77 cm.-long entry while Christian Yuan Caneng, also from Pantal, earned the third spot with his entry measuring 74.5 cms. long.
Winners received P15,000; P10,000 and P5,000 plus trophies, respectively.
Winners in the Longest Bangus showcase their entries in the competition during the Bangus Rodeo held in front of the city museum on April 23. (CIO photo by Arriz Fruelda)
The title for the prettiest bangus and P7,000 with a trophy was won by Armand Caguioa of Barangay Caranglaan. This was the second title for Caguioa- the first was won in 2014.
Second and third placers were David Delos Reyes of Barangay I and Rene Melendez of Caranglaan who received P5,000 and P3,000 with trophies, respectively.
The prettiest bangus was chosen for its clear and well-rounded eyes; smooth fine scales, small beautiful shaped head, bulging stomach, redness of fresh gills, tail is not of equal length, and the lower fin is shorter, flesh is firm yet soft; odor is pleasant and alluring; and the bangus weight is not less than half a kilo and not more than one kilo.
“The bangus rodeo is the perfect opportunity to showcase our bangus, and to give importance to those who raise and culture them. Lahat ng tumutulong sa ating bangus industry (pati mga classifiers at deboners) ang mga bida dito,” added Fernandez. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)
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