Bangus Festival to kick off in Rosales, Pangasinan

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


DAGUPAN CITY – Bangus Festival 2011 will kick-off Thursday afternoon at SM City Rosales.

Mall visitors and the people of Eastern Pangasinan will have preview of what is going to happen in Dagupan City starting Friday next week, Beep Beep Tan, Bangus Festival co-chairman, said.

Before the start of the program at 3:30 p.m., Gilon Gilon Street Dancers together with the Dagupan City National High School Drum and Lyre Corps will have a preview parade around the mall.

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During the festival program at the SM City Event Center, Councilor Marc Brian Lim will give the opening remarks, to be followed by an audio visual presentation of the history of bangus festival.

Tan will explain the symbols of the festival logo after the presentation.
Dagupan City Mayor Benjie Lim and SM City Mall Manager Jersey Mendoza will also deliver messages.

After the program, everybody will proceed at the parking F area for the grand bangus grilling and street party which is expected to end after midnight since rock bands will perform at the venue.

Lim and Mendoza will lead the ceremonial lighting of the grill, signaling the start of the mini-festival at the mall parking area.

Fifty grills and 600 pieces of bonuan bangus will be grilled and shared by everybody at the party area.

Meanwhile, a bangus festival photo exhibit has been on display at an area of the SM City Rosales event center since March 31.

On Wednesday, the screening of contestants for the search for Bangus Festival King and Queen, as well as, the elimination round of the Bangus Got Talent were also held at the event center.

Tan also announced that the Department of Tourism (DOT) will be helping out in the promotion of the festival.

On April 5, the DOT will host a Bangus Festival press conference with the national media at the Bayview Hotel.

The Manila North Tollways Corporation, concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will also help out in the promotion by putting or placing big Bangus Festival banners at strategic areas at entrance exit points along the way.

The Bangus Festival 2011 will officially start on April 8 through a motorcade and a mass thereafter.

Activities will continue until April 17, and will take a break during the Holy Week.

In observance of the Holy Week, there will be a Pabasa on Holy Monday and Tuesday at the city plaza. The Golgotha play is scheduled on Holy Wednesday.

Festival activities will resume on Easter Sunday until April 30. On May 1, the city joins the province of Pangasinan in celebrating Pista’y Dayat (Feast of the Seas) with several activities lined-up. (Sunnex)

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