BAYAMBANG -- Newly-elected barangay officials from all 77 villages here signed a "manifesto" of unconditional support for the upcoming holding of Malangsi Fishtival in this town's bid to snatch Guinness Book of World Records for "longest barbeque ".
The municipality's effort aims to establish a 7.7-kilometer long barbeque to break hopefully, the 6.2-kilometer feat which Turkey had established to grab the title which the Guinness put on record in 2010. The 7.7-kilometer grill has been scheduled by Mayor Ricardo Camacho to take place along the national road stretch in at least eight barangays to highlight the celebration of Bayambang's 400th founding anniversary as a town, on April 5 next year.
According to Camacho, the grill starts in Wawa and extends to barangays Telbang Buayaen, Poblacion Zone III,Zone V,Tamaro, Tambac, Nalsian Norte and Nalsian Sur. Freshwater fish species like catfish, mudfish, "tilapia" and "gurami" will be broiled during the world-record breaking feat. Mechanics and related activities of the grilling have yet to be announced though by the organizers of the event.
The Malangsi Fishtival, aside from being a promising annual event, is also fast-becoming a popular affair. Mayor Camacho initiated the launching of the festival in 2009 with the aim of promoting livelihood for his constituents who are then encouraged to produce the best tasting "buro" and mouth-watering recipes they could make out of this town's catfish and mudfish.
Meanwhile, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. officiated the mass oath-taking of the newly-elected officials from all 77 barangays here. The ceremony took place in front of the municipal hall here in the morning of Friday, November 29. Rogelio Dumalanta of Batancaoa, outgoing Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president, led the ceremonial signing of the "manifesto".
Other events that took place subsequently included the unveiling of the Emilio Aguinaldo monument as well as the signing of the sisterhood ties between Kawit, Cavite and Bayambang.
The Aguinaldo monument was installed in front of the municipal hall. It was earlier scheduled on November 12 this year. Kawit Mayor Reynaldo "Tik" Aguinaldo along with Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members headed by Paul Abaya signed the sisterhood ties with Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho and SB members led by Vice Mayor Mylvin Junio.
Governor Espino lauded the efforts of the Bayambang local government unit (LGU) for enhancing historical values of this town and paving the way for its inclusion in the country's map of tourism, thus, helping the townspeople and making Bayambang as among Pangasinan's best places to live, work and raise a family.