The town of Asingan in Pangasinan is eyeing to set the world record for the longest-lined native rice cake in the upcoming Kankanen (native rice cake) Festival.
During a virtual forum hosted by the Philippine Information Agency Pangasinan, Asingan tourism officer Michael Soliven stated that the festival aims to promote the glutinous rice products of the residents as about 80% of Asingan is agricultural land.
“This is to support and promote their products such as the glutinous or sticky rice which is the main ingredient of the kankanen. Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. also would want the town to be known through the attempt for longest lined native rice cake in the Guinness Book of World Records,” Soliven added.
Soliven said that the town’s attempt at the world record will be held on June 9 in front of the town’s municipal plaza where they will line up at a kilometer-long table of native rice cake. Some 2,000 kilograms of sticky rice will be used for the rice cake relay.
“It will be free to all those who will attend,” Soliven said.
According to Soliven, kankanen making is a common livelihood of the residents of Asingan. Kankanen also symbolizes generations of unity and harmony among the people in the locality.
The Kankanen Festival began in 2011 and was spearheaded by the Department of Education. The local government unit adopted it as the town’s very own festivity in 2019. Aside from the world record attempt, the festival will have a street dancing competition, medical mission, skateboard competition, raffle, beauty pageants, basketball exhibition game, and the 1st Bornok Mangosong Enduro Race challenge, among others.
The Kankanen Festival will run from June 5 to June 10.