Bangus Festival

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Bangus Festival is an annual festivity in Dagupan City, Pangasinan that kicks off every month of April. It celebrates the province's Bonuan bangus, which is renowned for its unique taste.



Bangus Festival, first celebrated in 2002, was the brainchild of former mayor Benjamin S. Lim, who wished to emphasize the local bangus industry and promote Dagupan as the Bangus Capital of the World. Initially a part of the thanksgiving festival Pista'y Dayat, Bangus Festival developed into a two-week socio-economic program of activities that highlights the city's top produce.

The festival commences with the lighting of 1,000 barbecue grills lined up to cook thousands of bangus, which stretches up to two kilometers. This also serves as a competition for hundreds of cooks, whose dishes are not only judged by the grilling but through whipping up the tastiest and most creative way of serving bangus. The contest was eventually called “'101 Ways to Cook Bangus” and won for the city a recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest barbecue in 2003.

Aside from the grilling challenge, the festivity showcases a bangus eating contest, a search for the biggest and heaviest bangus, the Gilon-gilon dancing festival, the Pigar-pigar festival, the Halo-halo festival, and the Bangusan street party, where several local and Manila-based bands perform along Jose R. De Venecia Expressway Extension.

Bangus Festival 2016 Schedule of Events

  • April 6-May 30
    • Bangus Festival Baratillo & Food Strip
  • April 8
    • Bangus Festival 2016 Grand Opening (2PM) Gilon Gilon ed Baley Street
    • Dancing Competition (Downtown Loop, Dagupan City Plaza)
  • April 10
    • 2nd Invitational Slalom/Autocross Race (Registration: 8AM, Race: 10AM) (CSI Helipad)
  • April 15
    • Festivals of the North (Dagupan City Plaza)
  • April 16
    • Dog Gilon-Gilon Fashion Show & Dog Exhibition (3PM) (CSI Atrium)
  • April 21
    • Bangusine (4PM) Bangus International Cuisine Showcase (Dagupan City Plaza)
  • April 22
    • Bangus Rodeo (7AM) (City Museum – Front)
    • BTF 4 Hip Hop Dance Competition (7PM) (Dagupan City Plaza)
  • April 23 – 24
    • Speedo G-League Bangus Festival Swim Cup (7AM) (Dagupan Poolside)
  • April 23
    • ABS-CBN Kapamilya Karavan (3PM) (Old Pantanco Terminal)
    • Up North Music Festival (5PM) (CSI Helipad)
  • April 24
    • 2nd Balon Dagupan Bangus Golf Open (7AM) (Dagupan Golf Course – Bonuan Binloc)
  • April 29
    • Handog Concert ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM – Battle of the Band Contest (6PM) (CSI Market Square)
  • April 30
    • Bangusan Street Party – (De Venecia Ext. Road)
    • live performances by: Abra, Loonie & DJ Buddha, Spongecola, Lunar Lights, Silent Sanctuary, Parokya ni Edgar, Bamboo Mañalac, DJ Jena, Joey Santos, Khai Lim, Franco Zarate, Mecha and Scratchmark
  • Splash in the Sky
    • Bangus Festival Sireyna (4PM)


  1. ^ "Bangus festival preparation in full swing," SunStar Pangasinan (accessed 15 March 2010)

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