Mandaue City to bake bibingka as big as basketball court: official
MANDAUE City will attempt to cook the world’s biggest “bibingka” this April.
As part of the festivities for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker this May, the Mandaue City Government, in coordination with education officials of the city, will attempt to add the city’s name in the record books by making a “bibingka” the size of a basketball court.
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The bibingka, a delicacy of the city, is made of ground rice, coconut milk and sugar, and baked in banana leaf. Bibingka is cooked with hot coals from above and below the mixture.
Louella Cabanero, head of the Mandaue City Tourism Office, said to realize their endeavor, they will be using about 200 kilos of first class rice and other ingredients used for cooking bibingka.
She also added they will also coordinate with officials of the Department of Education in Mandaue City, along with members of the Fiesta 2011 committee and members of the private sector, to help them cook the huge bibingka.
Cabanero added that the cooking will take place outside the Mandaue City Sports Complex, while its preparation will be done inside.
Clark Pelaez, chairman of Bibingka Day, said while they are attempting to put the largest bibingka on the Guinness Book of World Records, no official of the world records authority will be coming to witness the festivities on April 27.
Instead, they will be sending documentation to the Guinness Book of World Records for them to dispute, added Pelaez.
Cabanero said that after cooking the largest bibingka, they will serve it to Mandaue City citizens as part of the experience.
Aside from Bibingka Day, the Mandaue City 2011 Fiesta will also showcase other activities, such as the Sotero Cabahug Day, in honor of the great Mandauehanon statesman and former governor Sotero Cabahug.
Also, a “Grand Baile” will be held on April 29 as a tribute to senior citizens in the city.
Sports exhibition matches for persons with disabilities will also be held on April 30.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 18, 2011.