Roxas city is well known as the seafood capital of the Philippines.
But aside from seafood, one of the products that is available in Roxas is the dried fish.
Dried fish in Filipino is called "tuyo" and is locally known as "uga".
Last 24th of November 2011, Barangay Dumolog in Roxas City launched its first Uga Festival.
According to Barangay Captain Marrio Artillero, dried fish from their village is well-known because of its "namit" (delicious) taste and export quality.
The festival showcased different dishes cooked with dried fish like valenciana, white spaghetti and other pasta type dish.
The most favorite part of the festival was the boodle fight.
The local government unit (LGU) is aiming to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest in simultaneous dried fish eating.
Different types of dried fish were also showcased in the festival like danggit, boneless dilis, tabagak and fish tocino. Because of the successful launching, the LGU is planning to celebrate it again next year in line with the Halaran Festival.
contributed by John Fernandez (ABS-CBN Iloilo)
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