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Pindang Festival
Blessed with rich soil and healthy livestock, the municipality of Mangaldan prides itself with quality livestock and meat processing, especially with their infamous carabao meat, also called pindang. Pindang brought Mangaldan to the heights of the livestock industry and meat processing business, making the municipality the Pindang Capital of the Philippines. Thus, the people of Mangaldan celebrate the Pindang Festival for this local cuisine of theirs. Mangaldan celebrates the Pindang Festival for the whole month of March partnered by different, celebratory events involving songs, grilling, culinary arts, and fun-filled competitions fueled by the Local Government of Mangaldan. Usually, the municipality’s main event is the Kalutan ed Dalan that spans from the town market to the Santo Tomas de Aquinas Church. The road is lined with grills and tables along with several kilos of pindang and other meat, paired with live bands to entertain the attendees. People from all over the town also join in contests during the festival. A cuisine contest involving different ways of cooking pindang is usually done and participated by cooks and chefs from different parts of Pangasinan. Street dances showcasing the culture of Pangasinan and Mangaldan fill the streets, along with a Carnival - all for the people to enjoy!


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