Dagupenos pray for 3 rainless days

April 28, 2009 11:48 pm 

By Leonardo V. Micua

DAGUPAN CITY, April 28 — Rain, rain go way.

This seemed to be the cry of people here who want to see the Bangusan Street Party during the penultimate day of the Dagupan Bangus Festival on April 30 push through.

The street party, set on Jose R. de Venecia Highway Extension from 5:00 p.m. onward, is expected to be attended by thousands of people, not only from here and the province but from other places.

With all hotels now fully booked, it would not be nice if the rains will spoil the fun during the remaining three days of the Dagupan Bangus Festival.

It is now raining hard here almost every afternoon since last week which weathermen said already signalled the start of the rainy season.

However, despite the afternoon rain on Monday, April 27, the much awaited "Festivals of the North" which is a special feature of the "Dagupan Bangus Festival" and attended by thousands of street dancers from some 20 delegations, was sucessfully held.

Because of the abnormal weather condition prevailing, Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr., honorary chairman of the Bangus Fest, earlier declared that "rain or shine, the show must go on".

He was about to change his mind Monday afternoon because of the heavy downpour that began 12 noon, but when he talked to heads of different street dancing delegations, all were against postponement and expressed their readiness to dance under the rain.

It was still raining sporadically when each delegation hit the streets up to the time when most of them had reached the city plaza for their respective focal presentations.

But miraculously, the rain stopped at 7:00 p.m. to the jubilation of street dancers and thousands of people who packed the city plaza to watch the dancing spectacle.

Other Dagupenos who failed to get to the city plaza that precise time because of the rains just watched the event live in their cable television thru Channels 6 and 50 of Urban Satellite Vision (USATV).

Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, chair of the 2009 Dagupan Bangus Festival, said they are lucky because even if it was raining soon after the festival opened last April 15, all events were successfully held with not a single one missed.

The April 30 event, however, is crucial because it will be attended by popular bands from Manila, including Rj Jacinto Band, SpongeCola, Pupils, Parokya ni Edgar, Bamboo and others.

All these bands will be mobbed by fun-loving Dagupenos and their guests.

Milkfish will also be grilled on the streets but unlike in the past, there will be no record that will be broken in the event that could qualify the city again for the London- based Guinness Book of World Record.

"We set the Bangusan Street Party as a wholesome family entertainment and are expecting families to flock to it," said Vice Mayor Fernandez, praying that Dagupan and Pangasinan will be spared from the rains.

After the Bangusan Street Party on April 30, the activity will shift to the Dagupan Blue Beach in Bonuan for the traditional Pista'y Dayat (sea festival) on May 1 that will again be mobbed by thousands of beachcombers. (PNA)

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