Bangus Festival is celebrated annually in Dagupan City in Pangasinan, which is known as the Bangus Capital of the Philippines. The festival features the ever-famous bangusine (bangus cuisine) which is the main highlight of the event, street dancing where locals wear a colorful Bangus Festival costume, bangus grilling, deboning, variety shows, trade fairs, beauty pageants, sports fest, cooking show, medical mission, visual arts, band concerts, sports activities, dog show, fluvial parade, drum and lyre parade, and street party.

Learn more about this special occasion in this blog as we discuss everything you need to know from the origin of Bangus Festival to the Bangus Festival date of celebration.

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About Bangus Festival

street dancers at the bangus festival

Held in Dagupan City in Pangasinan, Bangus Festival is celebrated to give thanks to the city’s thriving aquaculture, especially in the bountiful bangus or milkfish harvests. Among the highlights of this non-religious festival are the bangus cook-off, street party, trade fairs and of course, the electrifying festival dance in the streets.

Bangus Festival Place of Origin

The Bangus Festival place of origin is Dagupan City in Pangasinan known as the Bangus Capital of the Philippines.

Bangus Festival Month Celebrated

There is no exact Bangus Festival date but it is a 10-day event held every April.

Bangus Festival History

If you’d ask where the Bangus Festival place is, many Filipinos would already know the answer as there is only one place in the country that is known to have the tastiest bangus: Dagupan. You can trace the Bangus Festival history back to 2002 when it all started. It was then-Mayor Benjamin Lim who initiated this kind of festival to promote Dagupan’s most precious gem, bangus or milkfish. And one year later, they were recognized Kalutan ed Dagupan by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Longest Barbecue of the World.

Since then, Dagupan has been celebrating this festivity yearly in the month of April. In fact, because it is a big event, many media entities not just from the Philippines but across the world are covering this annual event in Dagupan.

Bangus Festival Description

Unlike other festivities in the Philippines that use different dialects, there is no actual Bangus Festival meaning as it is already in the Filipino language. Except that the real Bangus Festival meaning is to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and boost the local tourism and their pride which is the bangus.

Schedule of Bangus Festival Activities

inihaw na bangus for bangus festival

Bangus Festival 2020 and this year’s celebration will still not be held the way they used to be as the country is still battling a pandemic. And with the current community quarantine travel restrictions in place, people are not allowed to conduct mass gatherings to avoid the spread of the virus. 

But in the past celebrations, here are the main highlights of the festivity.

Main Highlights

  • Kalutan ed Dagupan – This is one of the main highlights of the event. That is why when Bangus Festival 2020 didn’t happen due to the pandemic, the yearly tradition was cut. Kalitan ed Dagupan is the event where everyone partakes in grilling thousands of bangus on the street.
  • 101 Ways to Cook Bangus – It is a cooking contest where seasoned cooks or chefs showcase their talent preparing the bangus in the most unique and delicious way.
  • Gilon! Gilon! ed Dalan – Like any other festivals, of course it’s not complete without street dancing. When the Bangus Festival takes place, the participants wear colorful Bangus Festival costumes and dance to the beat of the drums where some even carry bangus props.
  • Bangus Rodeo – This is the event where the bangus growers showcase their best products and their food-processing skills.

How to Get to Dagupan

From Manila, Pasay or Cuba, ride a bus going to Dagupan City. your trip will not be a hassle as there are many buses available daily. The travel time is around 4 to 5 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bangus Festival

Q: Ano ang Bangus Festival?
A: Ang Bangus Festival ay taunang selebrasyon na ginaganap sa Dagupan City sa Pangasinan tuwing Abril. Layon nitong pagtibayin at ipakilala ang kanilang ipinagmamalaking bangus sa mundo. It ang sagot sa tanong mo kung ano ang Bangus Festival.

Q: When is the Bangus Festival month celebrated?
A: It is celebrated in Dagupan every April.

Q: Where is the Bangus Festival place of origin?
A: The place of origin of Bangus Festival is Dagupan City in Pangasinan.

Q: How to get to Dagupan from Manila?
A: From Manila, Pasay, or Cuba, ride a bus going to Dagupan City. your trip will not be a hassle as there are many buses available daily. The travel time is around 4 to 5 hours.

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