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BFAR sponsors world's longest painting event

by RA Canabe

Pili, Camarines Sur (6 October) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in partnership with the On-The-Spot Artists Association (OTSAA), Inc. will launch the "Fishes of the Ocean" Longest Painting on Canvass to highlight this year's Fish Conservation Week celebration.

This is BFAR's contribution to the country's bid to break the Guinness World Record on the longest continuous painting on canvass.

Each region will be provided with a 200-meter long canvass to be painted by local amateur and professional artists in a nationwide simultaneous activity on October 16, 2006.

In Bicol, the event will be held in this town. The paintings may portray the distinct character and bounty of the fish and aquatic resources in the region like the whale shark in Donsol and the smallest fish in the world - the 'sinarapan" in Buhi, among others.

Once completed, the BFAR-sponsored 3.4-kilometer regional and national canvasses will be joined together with OTSAA's 5-kilometer painting by October 22 in Manila. The painting will then measure more than 8 kilometers in the bid to beat Iran's 5-kilometer painting which is still awaiting Guinness certification.

All participants are required to register and submit two pieces of 2 x 2 ID pictures for documentation and should also bring their own paintbrushes and rugs for their use during the event. The BFAR will provide the paint materials and the already installed canvass.

Qualified to participate are students who are 10 years old and above as well as interested teachers, amateur artists and even professionals.

Interested participants should contact the BFAR Bicol Regional Office on or before October 9, 2006. The names of the participants can be sent by fax at 361-2326 or electronically mailed at or call Ms. Sarah Flora B. Balares at 477-7025 or CP#0920-533-3617 for further information.

The participants will receive certificates of participation upon completion of the painting, from the OTSAA, Inc. and the BFAR, the Guinness World Records and the World Art Heritage-UNESCO. (BFAR/PIA) [top]

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