• Bataan gets second Guinness this year

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    ORION, Bataan: Bataan for the second time this year on Saturday got the certificate as title holder of the Guinness World Records under the category “Most Trees Planted in one Hour by a Team of Unlimited Size in a Single Location.”

    Swapnil Dangarikar, adjudicator of Guinness, announced Bataan successfully planted 223,390 trees surpassing India’s record of 208,751.

    More than 20,000 people participated in the planting of various seedlings of forest trees like eucalyptus, narra, cashew and fruit trees in more than 20 hectares of public lands in the mountain side of Barangay General Lim below the giant War Memorial Cross in Mount Samat.

    “Congratulations. The project was wonderfully done,” the Indian said after a long and rigid validation of the results.

    Gov. Albert Garcia and Mayor Antonio Raymundo of Orion beamed with joy as they received the Guinness certificate.

    The governor said massive tree-planting activity had two purposes. “Una, gusto nating matulungan ang environment. Kapag nagtanim ng puno, kapalit nito soil protection at oxygen para sa Bataan at sa bansa [Firstly, we want to help the environment. When we plant trees, the benefits is soil protection and more oxygen for Bataan and the country],” he said.

    “Pangalawa [Secondly], we want to send a strong message why we want to get the world record. The message is – Ang Bataan mabilis mag develop, mabilis lumago ang ekonomiya pero at the same time, gusto nating balansihin ang environmental protection [Bataan’s development is rapid, its economy grows fast but at the same time, we want to balance it with environmental protection],” he added.

    As early as 4 a.m., thousands trooped to the planting site. Many hiked uphill traversing more than four kilometers of concrete and dirt roads.

    Planting started at 10 a.m. and in less than an hour, the activity in close watch by the police, a private auditing firm and Guinness adjudicators was finished.

    Last March 18, 2016, Balanga City beat Mexico City in the Guinness World Records’ category of “Dance Fitness Exercise” after 16,218 people joined the hataw along the 2.2-kilometer long four-lane road in the city.

    ERNIE ESCONDE

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