Monday, September 15, 2008

Longest, biggest ‘pastillas’ in Guinness

City of Malolos, Philippines: It’s a long, sweet journey to the Guinness World Book of Records.

Bulacan’s “pastillas” candy made of fresh carabao milk and sugar officially made its bid to the Guinness on Friday. The candy produced by the province weighed 4,000 kilos and measured 200 meters in length and 5 inches in diameter.

Ronaldo Tiotuico, regional director of the Department of Tourism, said Bulacan’s pastillas is the third product from Central Luzon to bid for a world record. Pampanga’s “sisig” and the biggest lantern of the City of San Fernando are among the local products that have made it to the Guinness.

It took 12,800 liters of fresh carabao milk and 1,600 kilos of white sugar to make the giant “pastillas,” part of Tatak Bulakenyo product now displayed at the provincial capitol grounds.

When cut into thumb-size pieces, it would total 500,000. The Bulacan sweet surpassed its target of 200 meters in length.

About 200 residents from the “pastillas”-producing towns of San Miguel and San Ildefonso cooked the giant “pastillas.”

Gov. Joselito Mendoza and Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. led the tasting of the “pastillas,” which has become a favorite “pasalubong” fare of residents and visitors.

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