BAGUIO CITY - In their latest bid to set a world record, residents of the city of Baguio launched a parade along Session Road on Saturday that showcased a 6-kilometer long "Baguio longganisa" or pork sausages.
The sausages, 1.5 kilometers longer than the city's previous sausage record, were paraded by 1,320 hotel and restaurant management students, as well as volunteers from the local police academy from around 9:20 a.m. to late noon.
The volunteers all wore plastic gloves and white face masks, and stood in the morning heat bearing coils of pork sausages for almost 2 hours.
Though many were tired from hauling the sausages, many said they had fun. "Nakakapagod po, swear, pero masaya. Mahirap lang po kasi napaka-oily pa siya, pero noong una malamig (longganisa). Well, wala naman akong masabi kundi napaka long-long-longganisa talaga," said a student named Melvin.
(It's very tiring, I swear, but it's fun. It's hard because the sausages are oily. When they gave them to us, the sausages were cold. Well, I can't say anything except, it's really a long-long-"longganisa.")
Despite the heat and fatigue, another student said it was worth it because it was all in the name of Baguio's Centennial celebration this year.
"We are doing this to promote hotels and restaurants in Baguio City, and for Baguio City's Centennial. The sausages are okay, they're good enough to eat," he said in Filipino.
The "longest longganisa" parade also featured the pizza restauranteurs who helped create a "giant pizza pie" last week.
The parade was also part of the the city's 6th Hotel and Restaurant Tourism weekend celebrations.
Vonda Alabanza of Alabanza Meatshop said it took 2 weeks and about 7 employees to prepare the sausages.
She said 2 of her "mixers" were tasked to mince and mix the meat while the rest had to fill thumb-sized pockets of meat into pork intestines then string them into sausage links.
"My employees' blood and sweat went into this task," Alabanza said in Filipino.
Anthony de Leon, Chairman of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB), said the sausages were prepared for the parade on Friday evening at the Baguio Convention Center.
It was then distributed to the parade volunteers at 9 a.m. the next day. De Leon said about 1,840 kilos of pork (equivalent to 90 heads of pigs) were made into the 6-kilometer sausage.
The entire project cost over half a million pesos.
"This was a huge sacrifice on everyone involved. Before, [we only made] 4.5 kilometer [long sausages], so this time it's 6 kilometers. That's why it's harder to organize because you need more students involved, more sectors, and of course, more participation," De Leon told ABS-CBN News.
After the parade ended, locals and tourists flocked to the Alabanza Meatshop's small tent near Governor Pack Road, where "longganisas" were being sold for P40 per kilo.
The shop's special Baguio longganisas, usually priced at P45, are reportedly made with a mixture of lean meat, fat, Worcestershire sauce, and other ingredients.
Baguio longganisas are usually smaller than its counterparts in Vigan, Ilocos or Pampanga and have a distinct garlic flavor. Report by Butch Mendizabal, ABS-CBN Northern Luzon