DAGUPAN CITY – It’s all systems go for the world-famous Bangus Festival, according to Councilor Alvin Coquia, who was designated by Mayor Benjie S. Lim as this year’s festival hermano mayor.
Coquia said the highlights and sidelights of this year’s festival will revolve on the Lim administration working slogan “Our City, Our Shared Responsibility.”
To start on April 22, the festival will last until May 4,.but as early as last March 30, the committee has already screened the participants for the Little Miss Dagupan 2013 and Festival King and Queen 2013 while the screening for Ms. Gay na Dayat will be on April 10.
The Bangus ed Carosa will be staged on April 22 starting 3 p.m. with 12 confirmed float participants as of press time.
The 101 Ways to Cook Seafood will be held at the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome on April 23 starting at 8 a.m.Mouth-watering recipes of different seafood produce here will be presented as a proof that the city is not only the Bangus Capital of the World, but also raring to become the Seafood Capital of the North.
The Bangus Rodeo at the Malimgas Market willstart at 8 a.m., featuring the city’s most beautiful bangus as well as the people behind the bangus sorting and bangus deboning.
The “D’ BSL Lechon Festival” on April 25 will start at 8 a.m. at the city plaza to provide an alternative income for the Dagupeños by growing organic pigs that could compete in quality with the regularly-grown pigs.
Expect the best dancers from every barangay to show wares for this year’s Gilon Gilon Ed Dalan on April 29 starting at 3p.m. at the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome.
The Kalutan Ed Dalan on April 30 starting at 3 p.m. along A.B. Fernandez Avenue will once again showcase the camaraderie of the whole city with residents and domestic and foreign tourists enjoying hours of fun and partaking of the grilled bangus, said to be the world’s tastiest.
A thanksgiving mass is scheduled on April 27 at 7 a.m. at the Pantal River.
Also, the festival offers various competitions like the Photo Contest on April 14 and photographs taken during the festival period will be judged on May 4; the Bikini Open Pageant will be on April 23, 8 p.m. at the city plaza; the Pigar Pigar Festival on April 23-27 at 5 p.m. on Galvan Street; the Little Miss Dagupan 2013 Pageant Night on April 24, 8 p.m. at the city plaza; the Drum and Lyre Competition on April 26, 7 a.m. at the city plaza; the Dragon Boat competition on April 27-29 at the Pantal River; the Miss Gay na Dayat 2013 on May 1, 8 p.m. at the Tondaligan Beach and the Kick-boxing tournament on May 3 at the Robinson’s Place.
Showcasing the bounty, beauty and culture of the city are the Dagupan’s Best Trade Fair on April 22 to May 1 in front of the city plaza; the TESDA Day that will offer free haircut and massage services on April 23-24 at the Senior Citizen’s Park; the Takbo para sa Sinucalan on April 27 at the De Venecia Expressway; the Joseph the Dreamer stage play onApril 27- 28 at the Astrodome; and the Grand Fireworks Display to open the festivities on April 22 at the city plaza and another on April 30 at the downtown area.
The ABS-CBN Kapamiliya Karavan sa Dagupan will be held on April 20 starting at 5 p.m.at the Old Pantranco terminal; the TV5 Serye Karavan sa Dagupan and the GO5! Live Show on April 22 at the city plaza; the Globe Night on April 26 at the city plaza; the Smart Day on April 27 at the city plaza; the Bombo Radio Night on April 28, 7p.m. at the city plaza; the SMB Battle of the Band on April 28 to May 1 at the Tondaligan Beach; the Kapuso Barangayan on April 30 at Barangay Pantal; and the LAUS Autogroup Car Show on May 1 to- 2 at Robinson’s Place.
Grills to be used in the Kalutan Ed Dalan may be acquired from the festival secretariat at the city museum with telephone numbers 529-0375. (CIO/Krissy Pison)