Sorsogon’s love & courtship Filipino folk dance sets new Guinness World Record

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Sorsogon’s presentation of the Bicolano folk dance “Pantomina Sa Tinampo” set a new world record on October 31, 2019, with Sorsogon governor Chiz Escudero and celebrity wife Heart Evangelista performing on stage. Credits to Heart Evangelista social media.

The people of Sorsogon province danced a love and courtship dance on a five-kilometer stretch of the main street of its capital city to set a new Guinness World Record (GWR) for the Largest Filipino Folk Dance.

Dancers wearing the colors of the Philippine flag in yellow, red, blue, and white performed a 30-minute synchronized dance of the “Pantomina Sa Tinampo” to set the new world record on October 31, 2019, marking its 125th Founding Anniversary.

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The rains did not stop the officially recorded total of 7,127 participating dancers from all over Sorsogon who came to the city to perform the Filipino folk dance along the Rompeolas Baywalk up to Bulwagan to Fatima Church to bag the first-ever world record for the Largest Filipino Folk Dance.

“Pantomina Sa Tinampo” is a traditional Bicolano dance with movements inspired by the courtship and lovemaking of doves.

Thousands of Sorsogon dancers participated in the record-setting Largest Filipino folk dance as part of the province’s 125th founding anniversary celebration. Credits to Department of Tourism.

Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero and his wife, model-actress, celebrity endorser and Youtube Vlogger Heart Evangelista, led thousands of dancers, with the men clad in white camisa de chino and the women in yellow, red, and blue kimona dresses.

Guinness World Records official adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar personally witnessed and evaluated the record-setting performance of the Sorsoganons and declared the new Guinness World Record at the end of the event.

The Guinness adjudicator, who has been to the Philippines a total of ten times for record events, said of the Sorsogon feat, “It was such a beautiful performance… this would be one of my most favorite records that I’ve ever seen.”

GWR announced the record on its social media quoting adjudicator Swapnil, “Even with heavy rain all day, the participants turned up and it was a beautiful sight in their colourful attire.”

“More than the record, bigger than the record is what we saw a couple of months ago, a few weeks ago, bawat opisina nagpa-practice. Umuulan, umaaraw nagpa practice. Lahat nagkakaisa sa isang hangarin at pangarap para sa ating lalawigan. Nasungkit man natin o hindi ang record, sa totoo lang, panalo na ang lalawigan sa ginawa at pakikilahok ng bawat isa sa inyo. Tulad ng sinabi ni Vice Governor Wowo, kaya naman pala ng mga Sorsoganons na kumilos ng sabay sabay sa iisang direksyon. Hinihingi ko lang sa lahat, maliban sa pagsasayaw sa daan, gawin din natin ito sa lahat ng bagay para sa ikaka-unlad ng ating bayan.

(Practice went on through rainy and sunny days. Everyone was working towards one goal and dream for the province. Whether or not we set the record, the truth is the province is already a winner because of what you all did. As Vice Governor Wowo said, the Sorsoganos can indeed work together in sync towards one direction. I now ask you all to bring our unity beyond dancing, towards efforts to develop our province,” Governor Escudero said about the province’s unified action towards a new world record.

The record-setting folk dance presentation concluded Sorsogon’s month-long celebration of Kasanggayahan Festival 2019.

Sorsogon’s efforts to preserve and promote the love and courtship dance had previously been cited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Philippine Folk Dance Society.

Guinness World Records official adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar confirmed the new Guinness World Record for the Largest Filipino Folk Dance. Credits to Sorsogon Provincial Information Office.

The unity of Filipinos in various celebrations has captured several Guinness World Records.

Just this September, De La Salle University – Dasmarinas of Cavite was officially declared as having broken the World Record of Largest Umbrella Mosaic previously held by China. Animosaic: Humans of St. La Salle recorded 5,459 participants of the scholarship charity event as they formed the image of St. John Baptist De La Salle to celebrate the latter’s 300th feast day.

In 2018, Camarines Sur achieved the Guinness World Record for the Largest Zumba Class with 13,350 fitness enthusiasts performed for the anti-drugs advocacy event dubbed “Grand Zumba Kontra Droga”.

Guinness World Records also declared #AlDubEBTamangPanahon, of AlDub love team’s Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, as the Most Used Hashtag in 24 hours on Twitter with 40,706,392 uses, breaking the FIFA record.

The Iglesia ni Cristo broke a Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Sentence with 23,235 participants forming the sentence “Proud to be a member of Iglesia Ni Cristo” held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

WATCH the highlights of “Pantomina sa Tinampo”, a record-setting presentation of the people of Sorsogon here and SEND them congratulations in the comments below!

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.