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    Posted April 29, 2012 by
    raijinnathan
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    Dagupan City, Philippines
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Eye on the Philippines

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    Dagupeños Watch Citywide Dance Parade

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     raijinnathan went home to Dagupan City, Philippines, this week for the city's famed Bangus festival and street party. 'The festival was conceived to show the Philippines and the world the prospering bangus (milkfish) industry the city has been renowned for, and at the same time, it is a celebration of the fruits of hard work and sacrifice of all of the people who were involved in the industry, leading to a rich and bountiful harvest,' he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    The annual street dance depicting the harvest of milkfish or "gilon gilon ed dalan" in the local dialect, commenced on the 28th of April, 2012, where 31 street dancing troupes representing the barangays of Dagupan City performed their acts along the main thoroughfares of the city.

     

    These dancers, clad in colorful costumes (some even made from indigenous materials), braved the heat of the sun as they danced and marched in celebration of the bountiful harvest of milkfish during the year.

     

    The street dance is a part of the annual Bangus Festival celebration which started less than a decade ago partly to foster the tourism industry of the City.

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