Heaviest, prettiest milkfish star in Bangus Festival
A bangus that weighs 5.6 kilos and another bangus that is 31.69 inches long are among the stars of this year’s Bangus Festival in Dagupan City.
The Philippine Information Agency said the heaviest bangus, which tipped the scale at 5.6 kilos, was owned by Alfonso Flores. Last year’s winner weighed 4.410 kilos.
The runners-up weighed 3.52 kilos and 3.025 kilos, respectively.
The longest bangus measured 80.5 centimeters (31.69 inches), longer than last year’s 76 centimeters (29.9 inches).
The runners-up measured 77.5 centimeters (30.31 inches) and 71.5 centimeters (28.15 inches), respectively.
Each milkfish was measured from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail.
The prettiest bangus was judged based on their eyes, scales, head, stomach, gills, tail, fins, flesh, odor, weight.
The report said a “beautiful” bangus should have clear and well-rounded eyes with fine, smooth and orderly scales; a small and beautifully crafted head; bulging stomach; fresh red gills; a tail that has a shorter lower fin; firm yet soft flesh; pleasant odor; and should weigh between less than half a kilo to one kilo.
The fastest bangus deboners, classifiers, and eaters were also awarded.
The owners of the heaviest, longest and prettiest bangus received P15,000, P10,000 and P5,000 for the first, second and third places, respectively. They were als given trophies and certificates.
The winners in the bangus deboning, classifying, and eating contests each received P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000 for the first, second and third placers, respectively.