Bigger, better Dagupan Bangus Festival this year, says festival chair
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (19 February) -- The Dagupan Bangus Festival this coming summer will be bigger and better with the inclusion of new events, according to City Vice-Mayor Belen Fernandez, festival chair.
Fernandez, who guested this morning at the initial edition of the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency office here, said the festival will start on April 15 featuring Gilon-gilon street dancing and culminates on April 30 for the crowd-drawing Bangusan street party, which event earlier placed Dagupan in the World Guinness Record for the Longest Grill in the world.
Fernandez said there will be no breaking of world records this time but Dagupenos and visitors will have plenty of fun. She said that many activities have been lined up like the Pigar-pigar festival, great Dagupan sale, halo-haloTa Malamig event and the opening of food strip on Galvan street.
The focus of the festival now is to perk up the economy by giving support to vendors and small businessmen, she said, citing the city's effort to stem the tide of the global financial crisis. Except for the Mayor Al Fernandez Cup, there will be no sports events this time, she added.
Fernandez, who also chaired the festivities last year, defended the transfer of the Bangusan street party to the new De Venecia Expressway extension in barangay Lucao. It used to be held at the kilometer-long city's main thoroughfare, A. B. Fernandez avenue for the past six years.
She said the Lucao-Pantal area is spacious with available parking spaces of about eight hectares and can accommodate several music bands without worries of stampede. She noted that with six to seven bands playing at the same time, it was very difficult for the spectators to move from one place to another as had been observed in the past bangus festivals.
She said that business will not be affected in the downtown area as feared by some sectors. With no closing of the main thoroughfare there, she said that business will go on. The main road had been closed during the street party in the past editions of the festival.
The annual festival earned for the city the tag Bangus Capital for producing the tastiest milkfish in the world. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]