GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The celebration of the 16th Grand Fish Fest in General Santos City is one of the most-awaited events in the region.
“If the fishing industry of Gensan is not here, Gensan would not have a name for itself. We became famous and prosperous because of our tuna and fishing industry. And I want to commend every fishermen, retailers, and laborers for being behind that,” said Mayor Ronnel Rivera.
General Santos City, which takes pride in being the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, annually celebrates the Grand Fish Fest in Fishport during the Tuna Festival to highlight the big tuna and fish catches as well as the men behind it.
The Guinness World Record certificate for the largest tuna display was unveiled on Wednesday. Fishermen and laborers involved in the city’s tuna industry took a break from work attended the activity.
The activities include a swimming relay called the Lumba Langoy wherein the fish port complex was transformed into a so-called race circuit for the expert swimmers.
A competition for the best fish cleaner was held among the five fish firms in the city. Each team was given two minutes to clean an estimated 80-kilo yellow fin tuna and the team from the MGTR was declared the winner, followed by Tenpoint in second place. Southern Gensan and Pescador tied at third place.
Then came the tuna lifting contest wherein each contestant lifted a 40-kilo tuna by holding the base of its tail using their two hands.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Search for the Biggest Catch of the Day competition was Dexter Caballero Fishing who displayed a stunning 105-kg yellow fin tuna.