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PIA Press Release
2006/10/12

BFAR attempts to land on Guinness thru longest painting on canvas

By Gilda V. Llames

Bataan (13 October) -- The Philippines is eyeing the Guinness World Record with its attempt to produce the longest painting on canvas to highlight this year’s celebration of Fish Conservation Week which kicks off October 15.

Imelda D. Inieto, chief of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in Bataan, explained that each region in the country will have their respective output of the painting to be depicted on a 200-meter canvas portraying the distinct character and bounty of each region’s fish and aquatic resources.

Inieto cited the following areas and the fish or aquatic resources they are known for: General Santos for its tuna and other pelagic fishes; Zamboanga for its reef fishes; Sorsogon for its whale shark; the Cordillera Autonomous Region for its lake fishes such as dojo, tilapia and carp; and Bacolod City for its prawns.

The regional outputs plus the 3.4-kilometer contribution of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Office, will then be joined together, signifying that all bodies of water are indeed connected to each other.

The combined paintings will have a total length of eight kilometers, designed to beat Iran’s five-kilometer painting which, at present, is still waiting Guinness certification.

The office of the BFAR in each region will seek the assistance of local art groups to ensure that the distinct artistry of each region is captured in the artwork.

Rolando de Leon, founder and president of the On-The-Spot Artists Association (OTSAA), said his group will coordinate with their local counterparts to assist in project implementation.

The province of Bataan will send 12 architecture and engineering students from the Bataan Polytechnic State College to participate in preparing Central Luzon’s contribution to the giant painting, according to Danilo C. Abrera, officer-in-charge of OPA’s fisheries division.

The BFAR has set for October 16 the simultaneous painting activity all over the country. In Region III, the activity will be held at Paskuhan Village in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Qualifications of participants, Abrera said, are: 10 years old and above; amateur or professional and with at least a basic knowledge of painting.

Governor Enrique T. Garcia Jr. has pledged to shoulder the P300 allowance of each Bataan participant. Expenses for materials to be used in the painting, snacks and lunch of participants will be provided by the BFAR.

Aside from a certificate they will each receive, participants will also be officially registered with UNESCO’s International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for Children of the World.

Theme of this year’s Fish Conservation Week celebration is: “May buhay ang dagat” while its slogan is: “Maunlad ang pangisdaan, kapag matatag ang pangasiwaan”. (PIA-Bataan) [top]

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