Dagupan Bangus Festival

By Leonardo V. Micua, PNA

Humans flowed like a running stream along Jose R. de Venecia Expressway Extension on Thursday night when Dagupan City held a mammoth Bangusan Street Party, the penultimate event in the Dagupan Bangus Festival.

People, estimated to number 700,000 to one million trooped to the highway where they held a night party that lasted up to the wee hours of the morning Friday, spiced up by an enticing fireworks display that lasted for more than an hour.

It was the biggest street party ever assembled in the seven-year-old Bangus Festival and the first one ever held along the five-kilometer new Jose R. de Venecia Expressway Extension built last year. Senator Manny Villar was the highest government official who attended the festival, which was also joined by Second District Rep. Jose de Venecia Jr., his wife Gina, Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. and Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias-Agabas.

Together, they helped Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. and Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, honorary chairman and chairman, respectively, of the very successful Dagupan Bangus Festival which started on April 15, light a few cooking grills where people cooked bangus (milkfish) that started the activity. “It was a splendid show of support of the people to a very novel project to promote Dagupan City as an important tourist destination and as a trading center of the north, said Rep. de Venecia, who called the festival a truly Dagupan phenomenon.

De Venecia said it was Dagupan’s way of honoring bangus, the number one agricultural product of the city. Seldom did provincial officials attend the Bangus Festival celebrations as Dagupan is a separate political entity from Pangasinan being a chartered city, but Governor Espino and Vice Governor Agabas attended the event to show their solidarity with the Dagupan officials.

The Pangasinan news leader “The Sunday Punch”, in its banner headline, put the crowd that attended the party at one million in its screaming banner story titled “1 M join street party” and called the same “the most attended ever”.

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