Dagupan fish rodeo hails heaviest, longest ‘bangus’
DAGUPAN CITY—This city’s heaviest “bangus” (milkfish) weighs 5.55 kilograms (kg), while the longest measures 83 centimeters (cm), earning their owners top prizes in this year’s Bangus Rodeo.
The event, a top attraction of the annual Bangus Festival, showcases the skills of bangus growers and fishpond workers in a city reputed for producing the tastiest and best-looking milkfish.
The heaviest bangus was grown in the pond of Wilsorick Felix in Barangay Lucao. It is about 2.5 kg lighter than the 8.04-kg winning fish last year.
This year’s longest bangus was grown by Karl Lawrence Sicat. The “prettiest” bangus, raised by Alvin Caguioa, was chosen for its clear and round eyes; fine, smooth and orderly scales; and round belly.
The festival’s highlight is a street party where bangus will be grilled and shared with guests on April 30. —GABRIEL CARDINOZA
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