City officials congratulated and commended Kalinga Province for setting two Guinness world records for the Largest Gong Ensemble and Largest ‘Banga’ Dance during the celebration of the province’s 28th founding anniversary and the conduct of the 4th Bodong festival.
In a resolution, city legislators stated that the latest achievement of Kalinga in setting 2 prestigious records enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records has brought pride and prestige to the entire Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the Philippines for such monumental feats worthy of commendation and recognition.
The people and officialdom of Kalinga landed in the history books when it set 2 records that were enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records with the Largest Gong Ensemble and the Largest ‘Banga’ Dance during the Awong chi Gangsa, Agtun chi Banga held at the Kalinga Sports Center on February 15, 2023.
The event was part of the week-long activities lined up by the provincial government in celebration of the province’s 28th founding anniversary and the conduct of the 4th Bodong festival.
The council recognized the verdant desire of the people and officialdom of Kalinga to set these records as they weathered the several hours of heavy downpour during the conduct of the event to convince the Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator to render the much awaited decision when it was able to establish the said world records.
With 150 as the record to beat, Kalinga male gong players from the 7 towns of Rizal, Pinukpuk, Tanudan, Pasil, Lubuagan, Balbalan, Tinglayan and the 4 districts of Tabuk City were able to break this with 3,440 gong players simultaneously playing their gongs within the prescribed 5-minute period.
With 250 as the record to beat, Kalinga female ‘banga’ dancers also broke the same with a record of 4,681 dancers performing the traditional ‘banga’ dance during the prescribed 5-minute period with high proficiency as certified by the adjudicators.