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Basey aims to beat own record for longest mat woven

By Ninfa B. Quirante

City (19 August) -- The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Basey, (Samar) aims to beat its own record of stretching a 2.0 kilometer woven mat for Guinness Book of World Records during their town fiesta on September 28, 2008.

This was bared by Mayor Wilfredo 'Didi' Estorninos in a talk with PIA, Samar today.

Estorninos said that the last mat laid on display was in the year 2000 when hundred of community folks paraded a one-meter wide mat, claimed now as the world's longest mat.

The event was covered by giant network ABS-CBN along with Kabayan and incumbent Vice President Noli de Castro who was then an anchor of Magandang Gabi Bayan.

Weaving mats is Basey's prime industry, and has always been a top seller on trade fairs organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) be they held in SM Megamall or in Cebu and anywhere else in the country.

Basey aims to highlight the municipality's One-town-one-product (OTOP) mat weaving that gives livelihood to the barangays.

At the Adona's (known producer of mats) where mat displays adorn their home, mat weavers claim their mat throw pillows are used by Pinoy Big Brother.

Aside from trying to covet and set a new world record, Basey will also hold a float competition in a grand parade to feature floats with intricately designed mats from sedge grass locally known as tikog (Fimbristylis milliacea).

On August 11, 2008, during the Samar Day celebration, Basey LGU garnered first prize in the float competition made of colorful mats besting Hinabangan and Sta Margarita.

Basey Fiesta will also feature a kuracha dance competition in groups, Mayor Estorninos added.

In addition the Sohoton-Bankathon Challenge will also be held where contestants in two will row their boats as in a relay race to terminate in Sito Rawis, Barangay Guirang. This is a total of ten kilometers, Mayor Didi bared.

Basey will be celebrating its 106th fiesta in honor of patron Saint Michael the Archangel come September 29. (PIA Samar/Ricky Bautista) [top]

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