BID FOR GUINNESS WORLD TITLES
STO. TOMAS— The entire town was in a festive mood, from the welcome arc in the boundary between here and Rosales town, all the way to the boundary with Alcala town, manning a 6,000-meter long line of tables covered with white plastic sheet locally known as mantel.
The occasion was the town’s bid for the Longest Line of Tables title to break Alexandria, Egypt’s 4.3 kilometers or 4,303 meters record and City of Kitchener, Canada’s 2,277 meters record for Longest Picnic Line in the Guinness World of Records (GWR).
Given the official documentation made by Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (Pangasinan chapter) the town’s residents are confident that they succeeded in wresting two more GWR titles for their six-kilometer long ‘Longest Line of Tables’ and ‘Longest Picnic Line’ respectively, evening of April 2 here.
Engr. Romeo Saldivar, who headed three teams composed of more than 20 geodetic engineers plus 14 accredited surveyors, said they measured 6.04- kilometer long uninterrupted line of tables.
“Everybody here once again showed how unity can help pave the way towards earning two more crowns from the prestigious authority of world’s outstanding achievements,” said Mayor Timoteo Villar III.
The teams of engineers used three different tools: wheel measure, tape measure and Real Time Kinematics to measure the distance.
The long line of tables was used for another Guinness’ attempt – the Longest Picnic Line – where the people partook of Adobong Sto. Tomas con maiz, a local recipe that features the town’s One Crop, One Product, the white glutinous corn.
The documentation was held past 6:00 p.m. where people, wearing white t-shirts ate the food using bare hands. (They had pails of water and soap to wash their hands with before eating).
San Jose Barangay Captain Crisostomo Perez who headed the pool of cooks that prepared the adobo said the best 10 cooks in each of the 10 barangays took part.
The Longest Picnic Line served 3,711 kilos of raw meat 3,600 kilos of mixed vegetable plus 57 cavans of rice.
Villar said he shares the townsfolk’s confidence that the town will succeed in their bid, adding that the April 2 attempt was much easier but costlier than the Longest Barbecue title one they earned in 2008 during the time of then Mayor Vivien Villar. (Eva Visperas)