Apparently they had been doing a tilapia barbecue for years now, although just a few meters of it, every Malangsi Fish-tival (Festival). For the 400th anniversary of the town, businessman Cezar Quiambao, a Bayambang native, came up with the idea of making this barbecue the world's longest. After finding out that the current world record is 6 kilometers (by a mall in Turkey, 2009), they set out to beat this record with an 8-km long grill.
The grills were custom-made for this event, 1 meter each grill. They had it in a long line on the road and it went around town crossing ten villages!
When we got there, the grills were still open, with terry cloth and (I think) charcoal inside, set to fuel the flames.
A few minutes later, a car carrying the Guinness World Book of Records adjudicator, Seyda Subasi-Gemici, arrived. Apparently they measured the distance using a car's odometer. Smart!
|Margauxlicious photo op with Guinness World Book of Records adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici. What a charming lady!|
When it was determined that indeed the 8-kilometer target had been met, the townsfolk got ready to pour the fuel onto the grill. And the grill was set on fire by Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho, Pangasinan Cong. Mark Cojuangco and Pangasinan ASNA Awardee Cezar T. Quiambao.
This fire went the 8-km distance around town.
After it was lit, they had to wait for the fire to settle a little. Cong. Mark Cojuangco explained that otherwise, the fish would burn. Once the fire was out, the Bayambang ladies brought out the tilapia.
They used tilapia, according to Mayor Camacho, because Bayambang is the biggest producer of tilapia in Pangasanin. Dagupan is known for bangus but Bayambang is known for their tilapia and other fresh water fish.
But it didn't end there. After proving distance, the adjudicator also had to test if indeed the fish were being barbecued.
It was a historical day indeed because just a couple of hours later, it was announced: Bayambang had beat the current world record and today holds the world record for longest barbecue.