Bayambang town attempts to set a new world record in barbecue grill

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 13 — Preparations are now on high gear for the holding of the "Kalutan ed Dalan (Grilling in the Street), main activity of the Malangsi Festival in Bayambang which is part of the one-year Quadri-centennial celebration of the town slated in April 4 this year.

Dr. Henry Fernandez, chairman of the executive committee of the Quadri-centennial celebration, said in the "Kalutan ed Dalan", Bayambang aims to rewrite the Guinness Book of World Record by putting up an eight-kilometer barbecue grill set to be attended by thousands of residents and balikbayan.

Speaking during the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) Forum here Thursday afternoon, Fernandez said the town — during its 400th founding year — would like to break the existing world record in barbecue grill at 6.2 kilometers put up by Turkey a few years ago.

Fernandez said the eight-kilometer barbecue grill that are now being fabricated will be laid down from Barangays Buayaen to Nalsian or a distance of eight kilometers.

To be grilled simultaneously in the street are fresh water fish like mud fish, cat fish, gurami, climbing perch, fresh water fish called locally as "ulang" and others which are produced in the town's Mangabul Lake, a rich fishing ground.

Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC), confirmed that because of its Mangabul Lake, Bayambang is today's biggest source of fresh water fish all over the Philippines.

There are only few Local Government Units in the Philippines owning this large area of fresh water used extensively for aqua-culture, Rosario said.

Thus the festivity — now going on for 10 years — is called "Malangsi Festival" which stands for the unique smell of newly caught fresh water fish.

Fernandez said aside from officially registering its bid for a new world record, Bayambang is paying for the plane tickets of officials of the London-based Guinness Book who will come to witness and validate Bayambang's attempt to erect a new world record in barbecue grill.

Bayambang, which was the revolutionary capital of the Philippines, is bordered by Camiling, Tarlac in the south. (PNA)

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