Kalinga Sets World Records for Gong Ensemble and Banga Dance
Congratulations, Kalinga Province!
The Province of Kalinga was able to set two Guinness World Records for breaking the record of the largest gong ensemble and largest pot dance last February 16.
The historic win was announced by the official adjudicator of Guinness World Records himself, Kazuyoshi Kirimura, during the event called “Awong chi Gangsa, Ad’tun chi Banga” or Call of a Thousand Gongs, Dance of a Thousand Pots, held in Kalinga Province.
The gong ensemble was composed of 3,440 male and 4,681 female Kalinga performers who also performed the banga dance– with pots on top of their heads. It is the highlight of the 28th Kalinga Foundation Anniversary, as well as the 4th Bodong Festival – a celebration to honor the peace rites of Kalinga.
To be able to count the number of performers for the gong ensemble and banga dance, everyone must pass through a scanner at the entrance which is being recorded online. The performers come from the different municipalities of Kalinga and Tabuk City.
In a report by the Philippine Information Agency, the members of the Adjudication Witnesses Panel include Benguet State University’s Stanley Anongos, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Cordillera’s Atanacio Addog, and St. Mary’s University’s Allen Marquez and Kenneth Maslang.
The Guinness win is also the most historical event of the Kalinga people. The event was held at the Kalinga Sports Complex, and the announcement of their historic win was made after the show. It can be recalled that in 2018, it was the province of Kalinga’s first attempt to get the largest gong group win.
About Kalinga Province
Kalinga Province is situated in the northern part of the Philippines, specifically in the Cordillera region. It’s one of the must-visit provinces in the Philippines because of its rich culture, stunning nature views, and great cuisine.
It is also home to the legendary Apo Whang-Od, the oldest tattoo artist (mambabatok) in the Philippines. She is the oldest and last Kalinga tattoo artist who uses thorns and bamboo sticks to tattoo interested travelers.
If you’re a fan of adventure, go to Laroy Falls, the highest waterfalls in the province, or Sulfur Hills in Mount Binuluan for a trekking experience.
To get to Kalinga, you can take a bus bound for Tabuk, which takes about 10 hours.
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Source: Philippine Information Agency