Corn Barbecue-world record set by Sto.Tomas
13]STO. TOMAS, Philippines--The longest corn barbecue measured
4,938 meters (16200.787 feet) and was created by the people
of Dagupan City, Philippines on February 10, 2008, as part
of the city’s Bangus Festival.
4:25 p.m., officials and guests headed by fifth district Rep.
Mark Cojuangco led the ceremonial lighting of the 2,019 interconnected
grills measuring 2.4 meters long each and where 117,840 corn
ears were simultaneously grilled.
said visitors including the media were amazed at the show
of unity and discipline of residents of this smallest town
in eastern Pangasinan.
She said that everyone behaved well during the
grilling to the extent that no one crossed the streets and
happily stayed at the designated area marked by continuous
plastic straw so as not to distract the participants and the
team that documented the event.
The grills spanned 10 barangays from Rosales
up to Alcala towns.
Some 20,000 people, including vacationing
overseas Filipinos, lined up the whole stretch from the boundaries
of Sto. Tomas with Rosales and Sto. Tomas with Alcala to witness
the feat that will hopefully erase the existing world record
of two kilometers put up last year by Hermocillo, Mexico.
"Except for few minor blunders, everything else
was perfectly done," Villar told The STAR.
Even the pilot of the helicopter who was with
the documentary team said the lighting was a beautiful sight
up in the sky.
There were 2,024 grill units used, all made of
indigenous materials. Each grill unit was used to roast 60
ears of corn at one time or a total of 121,444 ears.
Roasting was done three times, so more than 300,000
corn ears were used in the activity.
There were 800 sacks of charcoalspread in all
these grill units and poured with 1,050 liters of kerosene
to make them burn easily.
Well-rehearsed and well-executed up to the last
detail, there were 7,000 grillers, including the supervisors.
Each of them wore green shirt and brown apron.
Spectators were one in saying that this
is something that can be seen only in Sto. Tomas. They were
all amazed to see the fire snake through the almost five-kilometer