Kalinga Province has etched its name in the annals of history by breaking two world records in a spectacle that will be talked about for years to come. Dubbed as “Call of a Thousand Gongs, Dance of a Thousand Pots,” the show was a grand display of talent, discipline, and culture.
The atmosphere was electric, with the Kalinga Sports Complex overflowing with excitement as 3,440 Kalinga men played their gongs in perfect harmony, while 4,681 Kalinga women danced with pots called “banga” on their heads. The participants executed their performances with precision and grace, and the crowd roared with delight as they broke not just one but two world records.
The Guinness World Records Official Adjudicator Kazuyoshi Kirimura had the honor of announcing the record-breaking achievement at 9 PM after the show. The Awong chi Gangsa players and Banga (Pot) Dancers also underwent strict performance criteria set by the Guinness World Records to achieve the coveted title.
This feat marks a historic achievement for Kalinga Province, as this is the first time that the province has achieved such a prestigious recognition. The province had previously attempted to break the record for the largest gong group in 2018 but did not achieve the feat. This time around, they broke two records, for the largest gong players and largest pot dancers, leaving the audience in awe and admiration.
But that’s not all – the Municipality of Rizal also showcased their G-string or “ba-ag,” stretching an incredible one kilometer, the longest of its kind in the entire Philippines. The audience was amazed at the display, which added to the already impressive lineup of world-record-breaking performances.
Kalinga Province expressed its gratitude to all the participants who braved long hours and rain to make this historic achievement possible. This is a testament to the province’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and its pursuit of excellence.
The 28th Kalinga Founding Anniversary and the 4th Bodong Festival hosted this spectacle of world-class talent and skills. Kalinga Province has set a new standard of excellence and has inspired future generations to continue preserving their rich cultural heritage and strive for new heights in the world of arts and culture.
The “Call of a Thousand Gongs, Dance of a Thousand Pots” was more than just a world-record-breaking event; it was a celebration of the Kalinga culture, talent, and discipline. It was a night that will forever be etched in the memories of those who witnessed it.