Biggest Mango - world record set by Sergio and
Maria Socorro Bodiongan
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines -- The 30-centimeter long
and 50-centimeter wide mango, owned by Sergio and Maria
Socorro Bodiongan of Tubod village, Iligan City
sets the new world record for the Biggest
Maria Socorro says that at harvest
time, their mangoes typically weigh 1.5 to 2.5 kilograms,
but they don’t sell them and instead give them away to friends.
The Bodiongans’ mango caught the eye
of agriculture officials when the couple entered it in the
Agriculture Department’s contest of the biggest of everything
in Cagayan de Oro last September.
Suzie Roa of DA Region 10 said it was
a feat for local agriculture. Roa said they have given the
Bodiongan family cash incentives for the feat.
Photo: Sergio Bodiongan, with wife Maria
Socorro, holds the world's
biggest mango during DA's Sundayag Festival in Cagayan
de Oro City last year. / DA file photo (enlarge
Biigest Mango will be honored in separate resolutions
at the House of Representatives and the Senate for proving
that the Filipino can grow enormous mangoes, in this case.
Growers from Canada and other countries
where mangoes are grown have hinted at the use of performance-enhancing
fertilizers, but the Socorros denied this. “They are just
jealous and want to keep the Filipino down,” they reportedly
said. The previous Guinness world
record for the Biggest Mango was also a “Florida Keitt”
variety, a 2.4-kilo mango of Collen Porter of Kailua-Kona
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