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Pangasinan’s grandest event is expected to reel in almost a million attendees this year. Bangus Festival is an annual month-long celebration held in Dagupan City, where milkfish aquaculture is the locals’ main source of livelihood. 

A fisherman tries to trap the fidgeting school in his net. Photo by EV Espiritu.
The morning's catch is put on display. Photo by Willie Lomibao.

Highlights of the much-awaited festival include the Bangusan street party, the Mestisang Bangus gay beauty pageant, and various celebrity appearances and performances. 

The performers went all out in their dance number. Photo by Ray Zambrano.
Last year's winners of the Mestisang Bangus pageant. Photo by Jojo Tamayo.

What takes the cake for the top crowd-puller, however, is the Bangusine Cuisine Showcase. True to the town’s moniker as the Melting Pot of the North, chefs and culinary enthusiasts gather to prepare the widest array of scrumptious bangus dishes. Tired of the usual sinigang and kilawin? In 2016, there was a bangus version of the pizzadillo from Cuba and Japan’s okonomiyaki!

Last year's spread included these colorful and tasty hor d'oeuvres. Photo by What's Up Dagupan?
Bangusine's participants pose for a photo. Photo by Dean Daryl Cañete.

With the theme, “The Happiest Fish Fest for You and Your Family”, this year’s Bangus Festival is definitely one you shouldn’t miss! Visit Dagupan’s official website for the festival schedule and head over to visitpangasinan.com to learn more about all the attractions, accommodations, and things to do in Pangasinan.

Original cover photo by Gail Mejia

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