Feature: Iligan's heaviest mango sets new world record
by Lorry V. Gabule
Iligan City (10 February) -- It was on December 2009 when Engr. Sergio and Maria Socorro 'Bebie' Bodiongan, this city, received through electronic mail the confirmation setting the new Guinness World Records (GWR) for heaviest mango.
The mango weighed 3.435 kilograms (7.57 lb) surpassing the current record heaviest mango 3.1 kilograms (6lb.13 oz.) weighed on June 14, 2006 and was grown by Tai Mok Lim in Melaka, Malaysia.
Early January, this year, we received the certificate from GWR, recognizing our achievement for this extraordinary record, said Bebie Bodiongan.
Prior to the Guinness record attempt, the Bodiongan's presented their entry as the heaviest mango, to the Sundayag sa Amihanang Mindanao celebration's 'Pinaka contest' on August 27, 2009, in Cagayan de Oro City. The event, an annual agro-industry and livestock exposition of Northern Mindanao, is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture (DA), region 10.
Bebie Bodiongan said the mango tree was planted in 1992, in their front yard at 24 Pittsburgh Street, Celdran Village Subdivision, Barangay Tubod, this city.
It grew and started bearing fruits in 1996 and since then, regularly fruiting twice in a year, yielding around a hundred big fruits per season, usually weighing more than a kilo to 2.8 kilograms.
No chemical, booster nor fertilizer was ever applied to the tree.
This mango is a grafted Florida Keit, a variety purchased from Davao City in the early of 1980s by Bebie's friend and Bebie and other friends were given seedling of this variety, but only at Bebie's yard that this mango tree bore fruit with amazing size the Bodiongan's have not thought of.
Setting aside this new record, we encouraged farmers engaged in fruit and vegetable growing, to report immediately to DA or concerned agency that will assist and feature extraordinary contributions for our country's pride, Bodiongan said. (PIA LDN) [top]