Basey aims to beat own record for the
longest mat (banig) woven
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 21, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Basey, (Samar) aims to beat its
own record of stretching a 2.0 kilometer woven mat for Guinness Book
of World Records during their town fiesta on September 28, 2008.
This was bared by
Mayor Wilfredo ‘Didi’ Estorninos in a talk with PIA,
Samar on Tuesday.
Estorninos said that
the last mat laid on display was in the year 2000 when hundred of
community folks paraded a one-meter wide mat, claimed now as the world’s longest mat.
The event was covered
by giant network ABS-CBN along with Kabayan and incumbent Vice
President Noli de Castro who was then an anchor of Magandang Gabi
Weaving mats is Basey’s
prime industry, and has always been a top seller on trade fairs
organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) be they held
in SM Megamall or in Cebu and anywhere else in the country.
Basey aims to
highlight the municipality’s
One-town-one-product (OTOP) mat weaving that gives livelihood to the
At the Adona’s
(known producer of mats) where mat displays adorn their home, mat
weavers claim their mat throw pillows are used by Pinoy Big Brother.
Aside from trying to
covet and set a new world record, Basey will also hold a float
competition in a grand parade to feature floats with intricately
designed mats from sedge grass locally known as tikog (Fimbristylis
On August 11, 2008,
during the Samar Day celebration, Basey LGU garnered first prize in
the float competition made of colorful mats besting Hinabangan and
Basey Fiesta will also
feature a kuracha dance competition in groups, Mayor Estorninos added.
In addition the
Sohoton-Bankathon Challenge will also be held where contestants in two
will row their boats as in a relay race to terminate in Sito Rawis,
Barangay Guirang. This is a total of ten kilometers, Mayor Didi bared.
Basey will be
celebrating its 106th fiesta in honor of patron Saint Michael the
Archangel come September 29. (with report from Ricky Bautista)