Pangasinan festival finds heaviest ‘bangus’
DAGUPAN CITY—This year’s heaviest bangus (milkfish) weighing 5.6 kilograms, almost 20 times heavier than the average adult-sized fish, won for its owner P15,000 during the bangus rodeo of this year’s Bangus Festival.
Bangus grower Alfie Flores won an additional P10,000 when another bangus from his pond measured 77.5 centimeters long, making it this year’s second-longest bangus.
The longest bangus, owned by Flores’ brother, Alfonso, measured 80.5 cm, longer than the winner last year which was 76 cm long.
City agriculturist Emma Molina said each entry was measured from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail.
This year’s prettiest bangus was raised by Alvin Caguioa, who earned P15,000 for the feat. Molina said the prettiest bangus was chosen for its clear and well-rounded eyes and fine, smooth and orderly scales.
This year’s entries were all raised in the ponds in Barangay Lucao, Pugaro, Bonuan and Salapingao, the city’s leading bangus producers.
In the skills competition, the fastest bangus deboner was Marilyn Ugaban, who won P5,000. The fastest bangus classifier (sorter) was Ryan Doria, who placed third in the 2014 and 2015 contests.
Molina said the bangus rodeo, which had become one of the most awaited events in the festival, showcased the bangus growers and workers’ skills.
Bangus are classified into small, medium and large batches, according to their weight. Classifying is done with the use of the fingers and the palm of the sorter instead of a weighing scale.
The fastest bangus eaters were Joanna de Vera and Erick Castro, who won P5,000. Gabriel Cardinoza, Inquirer Northern Luzon
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