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7.8-km-long longanisa paraded in Baguio City


BAGUIO CITY: More than 1,400 students from different schools and hospitality and tourism management institutions paraded a 7.8-kilometer-long Baguio longanisa (local sausage) along the whole stretch of Session Road, the city’s main thoroughfare, to highlight the 15th edition of the Hotel and Restaurant Tourism Weekend in the city.

Bondalyn Alabanza, proprietor of MB Alabanza Longanisa, said the record-breaking longest Baguio longanisa weighed more than 3,600 kilos.

LONGEST LONGANISA Hundreds of students from various universities in Baguio City hold the city’s longest longanisa — about 7.8-kilometer-long. PHOTO BY THOM PICANA

The longanisa is one of the favorite breakfast delicacies in the Summer Capital.

It took MB Alabanza Longanisa, partner of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRB) in the presentation of the longest Baguio longanisa, two and a half months to prepare the over 16,000 dozens of longanisa that were supposed to break the earlier record for the longest longaniza set over six years ago.

“We are elated over the successful presentation of the third edition of the longest Baguio longanisa to our people and visitors. Our efforts in preparing for such an activity really paid off and we hope for similar partnerships with the HRB and the local government in the future for us to contribute in enticing people to visit our beloved Baguio,” Alabanza said.

She said this year’s longest longanisa was made up of 1,700 kilos of lean pork, 1,300 kilos of pork fat, 300 kilos of Ilocos garlic, 262 kilos of dry spices and 71 liters of wet ingredients.

In 2007, the HRB, also in partnership with MB Alabanza Longanisa, was able to present a 3.5-kilometer-long longanisa.

In 2013, more than 6 kilometers of longanisa were again presented to residents and visitors.

For the third edition, the HRB was supposed to present some 7.6 kilometers of longanisa, but the same was increased to 7.8625 kilometers.

Deputy Executive Secretary Alberto Bernardo, who represented Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as guest of speaker during the event, extended Malacanang’s commendation of the private sector for presenting the longest longanisa to help boost the growth of the local tourism industry.

He said tourism plays a key role in improving economic activities and sources of livelihood in premier tourist destinations in the country.

The Palace official encouraged the local government, concerned government agencies, the private sector and stakeholders to strengthen the partnership that bonded them together for over a decade.

Students from the University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University, BSBT College, SKD Academy, Chefs Academy, Easter School and Philippine Womens’ University participated in the successful staging of the presentation of the longest Baguio longanisa.

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