SANTO TOMAS, Pangasinan April 14 (PIA) – Senior citizens, barangay officials, youth groups, adults and even small kids from all the 10 barangays in this small town had a very busy day on the first Sunday of this month.
It is not because they have to go to churches and pray, but because they are all participating in a quest for a six-kilometer line of tables and a picnic line.
It is the town’s quest to clinch another two world records and to make another history, not only in the province of Pangasinan or not even in the country, but all throughout the world.
On April 2, the local government unit of Santo Tomas together with its townsfolk have all worked together to set-up at least 2, 470 interconnected tables for the world record title of longest line of tables.
Measuring eight-long feet or 2.34 meters each, the tables were set up from the town’s welcome arc in the boundary of Rosales town up to the exit of the nearby town of Alcala.
During the bid, the actual measure of the interconnected tables reached up to 6.004 kilometers according to Engr. Romeo Saldivar, Jr, team head of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP)-Pangasinan Chapter.
Saldivar said, “Tatlo ang ginamit namin (GEP) na sistema sa pagsukat ng mga mesa. Magkakasunod naming ginamit ang wheel measure, tape measure at yong real time kinematics (RTK) para makasigurado at maiwasan ‘yong discrepancy.”
For the longest picnic line title, residents of Santo Tomas “adobo con mais” and “paksiw na gulay.”
Mayor Timoteo Villar III said for the adobo, the town consumed about 3,711 kilos of raw meat of pork while at least 3, 600 of various vegetables were used for the paksiw.
“Sa raw meat, gumastos po tayo ng more than P600, 000 while sa gulay naman umabot ng P198, 000,” VIllar said.
Before the people get to share and eat the food, over 100 people played a challenging role in cooking the adobo, paksiw, and steamed rice.
Ignoring the scorching heat under the sun, men and women are gathered and working together in cooking the food in an area behind the municipal hall of this town.
Barangay Captain Crisostomo Perez, head of the cooking team, said though the cooking process is difficult, their team enjoyed during their part for the quest.
“Mahirap talaga kung ‘di mo i-enjoy. Kailangan i-enjoy mo para di ka mahirapan kasi lahat naman ng trabaho kapag in-enjoy mo walang kahirap-hirap,” Perez said.
This is the second time for the townsfolk of Santo Tomas to have shown their unity to bid for world records.
In 2008, the Santo Tomas clinched the Longest Barbecue title by simultaneously grilling 93, 540 glutinous corn ears along the 3,803.96 meter-long interconnected barbecue grills set up in the main road of the town. (JNPD/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)