For press release:
Here’s some piece of good news about Zamboanga, Philippines! The Parokya San Miguel of Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay in cooperation with the Local Government Unit and other participating parishes and institutions recently had our Guinness World Record bid for the longest sticky rice cake (called biko in the local dialect) in the world. Listed under the claim I.D. # 436682 of the Guinnesss Records Management Team. The biko measured 360 meters and 10 cm with 1 inch thickness and 12 inches width.
The attempt for the longest biko was part of our parochial fiesta celebration last September 30, 2013. Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD – the parish priest together with Fr. Manuel Mijares, SVD, the parochial vicar explained that “this idea to set a world record came as part of the halal (not forbidden) fellowship move to welcome those of other religions and denominations” It was observed that during fiesta, while merry-making includes everybody, sometimes the minorities are being left out during meals since fiestas in the Philippines mean lechon (roasted pig) on the table, thus our Muslim brothers and sisters cannot join us. The Guinness bid eventually became a uniting factor for the Muslims, Christians and the indigenous people called Subanens in the area. Thus, a showcase of peace-building and harmony among our people.
The event was participated by 28 different contingents from chapels, schools, and nearby parishes. The glutinous rice estimated to have been cooked for the sticky rice cake was 1,080 kilos. The coconuts used totaled up to 3, 240 and the community used 712 kilos of sugar. A total of 565 people helped in grating the coconuts while those who helped in the cooking were 386. Excluding the PNP and the military personnel, the marshal were 720 students from the Western Mindanao University of Mabuhay and the Mabuhay National High School.
Video of the Longest Biko: http://youtu.be/nlpjjlZstk0
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