Sto.Tomas bids for two Guinness records
STO. TOMAS – A six-kilometer stretch of interconnected tables was laid out with food on Sunday (April 2) along the main road by residents of this agricultural town who hoped it was enough to break the Guinness World Records for longest line of tables and longest picnic line.
Mayor Timoteo Villar said the event was documented by Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Pangasinan Chapter which confirmed that this corn-producing town managed to line up 2,470 tables that span 6,040 meters long (or 6.04 kilometers).
Twice, the engineers went from the start to the end of the line, each for the twin records, using three kinds of measurement.
Romeo Saldivar, the head of the engineer group, said they used a tape measure, a wheel with an odometer and real time kinematic (a measuring tool using a satellite navigational system) to obtain the measurement.
The documentation of the event will be submitted to the Guinness office in London, which will determine if the town beat the holders of both records.
At one pm, the engineers measured the tables, then still empty, for the longest line of the table.
They measured again starting from 6 p.m. as some 20,000 residents and guests used their hands to consume rice and two main courses of adobo and vegetables placed on the tables.
The town cooked 3,711 kilos of pork for the Santo Tomas recipe of adobo with corn, and 3,600 kilos of vegetables (eggplant, okra, ampalaya and others) for a “paksiw gulay” dish.
The town intends to beat the records of Alexandria in Egypt for putting up a line of tables measuring 4,303 meters long (or 4.3 kilometers); and of Ontario in Canada which set up a picnic line that span 2,277 meters (or 2.3 kilometers).
Villar said inviting a team from the Guinness Book of Records, was expensive.
Each set of 20 tables were manned by food supervisors and food servers who unwrapped food as the documentation team recorded the picnic from the first to the last table. A set measured 8 feet.
Each table sat four people. Senior citizens were given priority.
“We made sure that the food to be served was clean and sanitary as we would be [served] by ten selected cooks from each of the 10 villages, in the food processing building,” Villar said.
The villagers and their guests were permitted to bring additional food and drinks but alcoholic drinks were prohibited, at least for the duration of the documentation team’s record-keeping from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Villar said the Sto. Tomas adobo with corn recipe was actually a contest entry during Sto. Tomas’ centennial anniversary in 2008. It did not not win the top prize, but was nonetheless picked for the town’s
Villar said while the preparations for the two records was easier compared to the town’s bid in 2008, “it is more expensive now because pork and vegetables are costly while the corns we used in 2008 were locally produced.”
The pork was sourced from a local piggery while the vegetables came from this town and neighboring Villasis town.
In 2008, the town grilled 93,540 pieces of corn ears over 3,803.96 meters of grills put along the town’s main road from Villasis to Alcala towns to set a record for longest train of barbecue grills. They broke that record.
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