Sto. Tomas to relive victory with 101 grills

AFTER GUINESS WORLD RECORD IN 2008

STO. TOMAS—This town will relive its Guinness World Records’ Longest Barbecue achievement last year by holding “101 grills” on February 10 as part of the town’s celebration of its 101st founding anniversary.

The 10 barangays will set up 10 grills each and the municipal government will have one to complete the 101 target, according to Vice Mayor Timoteo ‘Dick” Villar III.

The people will undertake a simultaneous grilling of glutinous white corn, the town’s main agricultural produce, at around 4:00 p.m., the same time they staged their Guinness-winning feat last year.

The grills will be set up along the road in Poblacion fronting the municipal hall.

Just as the town meticulously prepared for the winning 3,803.96 meter-long barbecue last year, they will also be holding a dry-run for this year’s smaller event on January 26 to ensure that all goes well on fiesta day.

“We are used to doing things right so the people can truly enjoy,” said the vice mayor.

About 7,000 corn ears will be grilled using a sack of charcoal for every three grills, Villar said.

The corn ears will come from the ones planted in the barangays where seeds were given by the municipal government and intentionally timed for harvest on February 8 and 9.

The town earlier constructed a giant corn marker fronting the town hall as a permanent testament to the town’s achievement.

Villar said the planting area for glutinous white corn in their barangays has increased and production is likewise expected to continue improving.

Mayor Vivien Villar has also initiated a small industry on the manufacture of corn husks into various products like bags, slippers, place mats, and decorations, which is now starting to receive orders.

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry are also helping in line with the government’s One Town, One Product program.

The vice mayor also welcomed the Maisan sa Barangay project of the Abono partylist and the provincial government through Gov. Amado Espino Jr. as it gives another boost to their product.#

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