TARGET: GUINNESS RECORD
MANGALDAN—The crowd that came to join the first Pindang Festival here last weekend were treated to a feast of the town’s most popular product — tasty dried carabeef known as pindang.
The pindang products were served by the town’s association of meat entrepreneurs following a dry run for the creation of the longest pindang, a record for which Mangaldan is vying for in the Guinness book next year.
City Councilor Ritchie Abalos, executive chairman of the festival, announced that Guinness has approved their bid, but it could not be done this year as initially planned because the local government needs more time to prepare the required documentation.
The Pindang Festival kicked off March 2 with a street dancing and dance-drama competition participated in by elementary and secondary public and private schools here.
The following day, 10 meat vendors competed in the fastest and longest Pindang contest, which was won by Digna Salvatin who produced a 3-kilo dried carabeef molded into a 194-inches long pindang.
A pindang cooking competition was also held.
Mayor Berex Abalos thanked the people for their support and participation in the event that aims to create a trademark for the town.
Richard Barrozo, chairman of the association of meat enterpreneurs of Mangaldan, for his part thanked the local government for promoting pindang, a decades old industry here.
Barrozo said that they are looking forward to exporting their pindang products to both the local and international markets.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, chairman of the arts and culture committee of the provincial council, pledged support from the provincial government to the new festival.
“We will help in any way we can especially in the financial aspect and logistics for Mangaldan to put their trademark in Guinness as this will not only make Mangaldan proud but also the province,” Calimlim said.–Dada Martin