Apart from the picturesque tourist spots and hospitable natives, festivities all around the Philippines continue to attract foreign (and local) visitors. One of the most awaited festivals in the country is Dagupan’s Bangus Festival.
As a celebration of the city’s rich milkfish industry, participants can be seen wearing bangus costumes from the 3rd of April to the last day of the month.
Travelers may take a bus or use their private car if they want to witness Bangus Festival. The trip to Dagupan may take up to four to seven hours, depending on the traffic and the time of travel.
Several bus companies such as Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus Company, Five Star, and Fermina Express offer direct trips to Dagupan. The cheapest fare one can find can be around PHP250 to PHP500 per passenger.
Jeepneys, buses, and tricycles are common in the area. Each public vehicle has signboards, making it easier for travelers to get around. Additionally, there are always friendly natives who are more than willing to help with the directions.
During the Bangus Festival season, expect some roads to be closed to give way to the festival-related events. Tolerable traffic can also be expected in the city’s main roads.
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The Bangus Festival is a wonderful occasion not only for the Dagupeños, but for visitors as well. Here are some things to consider if you want to experience Bangus Festival.
The streets are filled with rich and bright colors, making them great subjects for your photos. Bring your camera and take snaps of the dancing participants, the must-taste food, and the engaging activities during the festival.
The Bangus Festival takes place during summer, so make sure you wear light and comfy tops and shorts. Also, bring enough hankies and an umbrella to protect yourself from the intense heat.
Bring a bag with the basic necessities like sunscreen, sunnies, a hat, and a water bottle, to name a few. Make sure that your cell phone and camera are fully charged.
While in Dagupan, don’t miss out on one of the best parts of visiting an unfamiliar place: eating! Dubbed the “Kitchen of the North”, here are some restaurants you have to try.
Located in Tondaligan, Dagupan, this restaurant is home to succulent kare-kare and seafood dishes. Matutina’s is one of the oldest institutions that serve delicious seafood but there are also gluten-free options. In addition, the restaurant has wide parking space.
Stuff yourself with insatiable servings of pork and fish dishes at Ciudad Elmina Restaurant. At this eatery, guests can catch fish at the pond and have them cooked right away. The restaurant’s interior looks like a modern bahay kubo, making you feel at home.
Silverios Seafood offers guests a pleasurable dining experience with delicious dishes like oyster ceviche and fish sinigang. Yum!
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