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Tons of flying fish grilled in Bangsi Festival

MAITUM, Sarangani (February 3, 2016) – Visitors and local folks feasted over two tons of flying fish grilled along the town’s main street when it culminated the 9th Bangsi Festival highlighted with the longest Bangsi grill.

Bangsi, the local term for flying fish, is Maitum fisher folks’ valued yield and best eaten when marinated and half-dried.

Through time, marinated Bangsi became Maitum’s OTOP (One Town, One Product) that has been a good source of income for households and small enterprises here.

In an inspirational speech read by councilor Jess Bascuῆa on Friday (January 29), former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas conveyed delight over the gist of holding the festivity saying, “natutuwa ako na ang sentro ng pagdiriwang na ito ay umiikot sa pagbabahagi ng Bangsi sa lahat ng mga mamamayan.”

“Ito ay isang napakagandang simbolo ng prinsipyo na sinusunod ng Daang Matuwid- we are our brother’s keeper. Walang iniiwan, lahat patas ang laban,” Roxas added.

In a resolution the Sangguniang Bayan passed for the creation of the festival, it cited marinated flying fish or bulad sa Maitum as “highly significant to the municipality because it is one of the top producers of marinated flying fish and other fish by-products within SOCSARGEN area.”

Bangsi Festival is annually celebrated every last week of January as a tribute to its fisher folks.

As a coastal town, thousands of households here also depend on the fishing industry as their main source of livelihood.

Aside from the abundant catch of fish, the local skills in fish processing, and unique technology on marinating Bangsi being practiced by residents have complemented to pose high economic potential for this town.

Fishing Bangsi is done all year round but its peak season is noted during September to May. (Beverly C. Paoyon / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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