Dubbed, “The Happiest Fishfest Ever,” the City of Dagupan, in line with the celebration of the Bangus Festival 2015, once again gathered the festival champions of Luzon, showcasing the best of the best in a colorful, grander “Festivals of the North.”

University of Luzon Drum & Bugle Corps

Daing Festival of Santo Tomas, La Union
Festivals of the North is one of the most exciting event highlights of the Bangus Festival. It is a friendly competition and a gathering of the street dancing champions that are mostly from the Northern part of the Philippines. With this year’s festival showcase, a dozen contingents from the different municipalities, cities and provinces came together on April 26th in Dagupan City vying to be the Festivals of the North 2015 champion.

Ani Festival of Dingras, Ilocos Norte
Goat Festival of Balungao, Pangasinan
The fun–filled, colorful competition is composed of 2 phases, the street dance presentation done all throughout the Dagupan Loop in between the designated judging stations and the main presentation performed at the Dagupan City Plaza with a different set of well–known judges from the fields of art, music and culture.

Mango Festival of Masinloc, Zambales

Corn Festival of Santo Tomas, Pangasinan
This year’s performers include the festivals from the nearby towns and provinces of Zambales (Mango Festival of Masinloc), Bulacan (Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto) and La Union (Daing Festival of Santo Tomas), Laoag (Pamulinawen Festival) and the Ilocos peninsula (Ani Festival of Dingras, Ilocos Norte & Abel Iloko Festival of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur), and all the way from Dolores, Abra (Sakuting Festival).

City of Dagupan showcases the colorful, more grand “Festivals of the North.” Featured in the photo, clockwise from left, are festivals from Bulacan (Halamanan), Dagupan (Bangus), Laoag (Pamulinawen), Ilocos Sur (Abel Iloko) and Zambales (Mango).
Abel Iloko Festival of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur

Bangus Festival of Dagupan, Pangasinan
While the contingents from the different municipalities and cities of Pangasinan are: Goat Festival of Balungao, Bangus Festival of Dagupan, Hundred Islands Festival of Alaminos, Mango–Bamboo Festival of San Carlos and Corn Festival of Santo Tomas.

A dozen contingents for this year's Festival of the North showcase. Six of which, clockwise from nethermost–left, the Mango–Bamboo Festival (San Carlos), Hundred Islands Festival (Alaminos), Goat Festival (Balungao) and Corn Festival (Santo Tomas) of Pangasinan, the Ani Festival of Dingras, Ilocos Norte and Daing Festival of Santo Tomas, La Union.
Pamulinawen of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Hundred Islands Festival of Alaminos, Pangasinan
Mango–Bamboo Festival of San Carlos, Pangasinan
From the sweet smiles of every performer to their splendid costumes and props, all of the contingents presented and did their very best to showcase their entries and world class performances but only one capped as the champion, the Bangus Festival of Dagupan City has once more captivated the judges as well as the crowd and took the title with an average of 94.70 points and brought home the almost half a million prize of ₱400,000.

Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan

Moreover, the Bangus Festival also received minor awards for Best in Street Dancing and Best in Props, while its 1st and 2nd runners up are the Mango Festival and Sakuting Festival in that order. The representative from Abra, one of the contending groups that I really want to win because of its ethnicity but did not make it in the street dancing presentation due to unforeseen circumstances, as well got awarded with Best in Costume for their native and indigenous garbs.

Bangus Festival performs their focal presentation in the Dagupan City Plaza.
The Festival of the North 2015 winners and runners up include the Mango Festival (Zambales), Halamanan Festival (Bulacan), Pamulinawen Festival (Laoag City) and Abel Iloko Festival (Ilocos Sur) who took the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectively.

Sakuting Festival of Dolores Abra
Aside from the street dancing competition, the event committee intros the “Festivals of the North Queen,” to which the Bangus Festival Queen was crowned, while the 1st and 2nd runners up are the Queens of the Hundred Islands Festival and Halamanan Festival, which as well awarded with Best in Costume.

Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan, Samar
Aliwan Fiesta 2015 Grand Champion ― Manaragat Festival
In addition to the exciting competition, the grand champion of the Aliwan Fiesta 2015 which is the group from Catbalogan in Samar representing the Manaragat Festival wowed the crowd with their winning piece as a guest presenter.

City of Dagupan is well-known as the "Bangus Capital of the Philippines."
The celebration of the Festivals of the North was attended by and charmed thousands of locals and visitors alike. Every year it continues to draw more and more tourists appreciating the festive occasion with the welcoming Dagupa├▒os while at the same time enjoying the heat of the scorching summer sun.


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