DAGUPAN CITY – This year’s heaviest bangus winner is 8.04 kilograms. This is considered as one of the heaviest bangus ever recorded in the annals of the Bangus Rodeo, one of the major events of Bangus Festival.
The owner is Frederick Reyes who received P15,000 as cash prize while the next heaviest only weighed 7.6 kilograms and the third one was 7.0 kilograms. The second and third placers won P10,000 and P5,000 respectively.
This year’s longest bangus, however failed to break last year’s record of 80.5 centimeters by measuring only 76 centimeters. The winning bangus is owned by Blas Gabriel Caneng. He received P15,000 prize.
The next longest bangus measuring around 74 centimeters and 70 centimeters received P10,000 and P5,000 respectively.
The winners in the prettiest bangus which were judged for having a clear and well-rounded eyes with fine, smooth and orderly scales; head is small and beautifully crafted; stomach is bulging; grills are red and fresh; tails ideally are not equal in length; the lower fin is shorter; flesh is firm yet soft; odor is pleasant and alluring and its weight is not less than half and not more than one kilo were submitted by Rene Melendez, champion; Dominic Aquino, first runner-up; and Christopher Melendez, second runner-up.
The winners received P7,000; P5,000; and P3,000 as cash prize respectively.
Ryan Doria, last year’s fastest bangus classifier challenge champ, failed to defend his crown against Melecio Melendez, who won P3,000 as cash prize. Fernando Doria finished second with a cash prize of P2,000, while Ryan settled for the third place with P1,000 as his cash prize.
Meanwhile, Joel Serran and Rowena Melendez, last year’s second placer for the fastest bangus eater won the first place this time with a cash prize of P3,000.
Edgar Grado who was in third place last year, finished as the second fastest bangus eater this year along with his new team partner Arlene Lahoco while Abe Abalos and Belen Abalos finished third. Each received a cash prize of P2,000 and P1,000 respectively.
The battle for the fastest deboner was won by Hub Tendinilla who was followed by Bong Abalos and Mehina Abad, lone female winner, finished third.
Bangus Rodeo was chaired by Councilor Marcelino Fernandez and it was facilitated by the City Agriculture Office. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/April 22, 2017)
DAGUPAN CITY – The city’s newly renovated deboning area at the Malimgas Public Market is now in business after it underwent upgrading to conform with the standards set by Republic Act 10611, otherwise known as the Food Safety Act.
Under the technical guidance and supervision of the City Agriculture Office, the new deboning area is more hygienic and equipped with smoking apparatus and blast sealing machine for making tinapang bangus and for maintaining the freshness of the bangus while in transit, than in any other deboning facility in the city.
City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina said that Mayor Belen T. Fernandez wants to protect the health of Dagupan bangus consumers by making deboned bangus prepared in accordance with the standards of the Food Safety Act.
This was the reason, she said, why the city remodeled this structure patterned after the Seafood Food Processing Plant of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bonuan Binloc,” she said.
The city will charge 50 centavos per piece of bangus from fish producers and businessmen using the facility. Other services to be availed of in the facility are a smoke machine for tinapang bangus, and blast sealing or marinating.
In the long run, we hope to see all our bangus concessionaires in the city use the facility so we can assure our consumers that what they buy from our market are clean and fit for consumption without sacrificing their health, added Molina.
The equipment in the facility were obtained through the partnership between the city and the Department of Trade and Industry. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Jan. 24, 2017)