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Bangus (scientific name Chanos chanos; internationally known as milkfish) is our national fish thus we must be aware of the top 10 ways on how to cook one.

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"My friends and I are set to climb Mt. Pulag at the end of this month. I am quite afraid of heights but my friends insisted that I conquer my fears. They assured me that mountain climbing is an experience of a lifetime that will make me appreciate nature more. What are some tips on the basics of mountain climbing should a first-time climber like me know? -Rhea"


Hi, Rhea! It's good to know that you've decided to conquer your fear of heights. Doing research is always important, especially for first-time climbers such as yourself. You may start by reading up about climbing preparations, indispensable equipment, ideal climbing locations, and safety guidelines. Prepare your body for the climb by doing challenging activities like endurance running, weight lifting, and hiking to have enough strength and endurance needed for the climb. Avoid buying equipment impulsively, and instead, invest on necessary gear.

Among the basic items suggested by the Philippine Mountaineering Group are expedition packs, pack rain cover, watch, lightweight hiking shoes, fleece or wool jacket and pants, socks, lightweight underwear, first-aid kit, sun hat, bandanas, sunglasses, toiletry kit, sunscreen and lip balm, anti-mosquito lotion, water bottles, pocket knife, headlamp, and camera. Familiarize yourself with the ethics of mountaineering and climbers' responsibilities as listed by the Dahon Palay Mountaineers. Good luck and enjoy your first climb!

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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.

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  • April 29, 1897 - Procopio Bonifacio, brother of Katipunan Supremo Andres Bonifacio testified that the men of Emilio Aguinaldo's camp struck his nose with the butt-end of a gun. He added that he was surprised of the attack since he did not offer resistance during their and other Katipuneros' abduction in Limbon in Cavite.
  • April 29, 1980 - Lungsod ng Kabataan was inaugurated in Quezon City. It is one of the most modern children's hospitals in the Philippines. It was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1631 during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos. It was renamed [[Philippine Children's Medical Center during the administration of President Corazon Aquino.

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Aurora Aragon Quezon (19 February 1888-28 April 1949) is the wife of Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and the second First Lady of the Republic of the Philippines. On 28 April 1949, Aurora Quezon, her daughter Maria Aurora, her son-in-law, Philip Buencamino III, together with nine others including Mayor Ponciano Bernardo of Quezon City, were murdered in a machine-gun ambuscade by a band of Hukbalahaps while on their way to Baler.

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