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Davao’s ‘Torotot’ Festival sets new world record

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‘TOROTOT’ FESTIVAL – Photo shows some of the more than 7,000 individuals who participated in the 1st ‘Torotot’ Festival organized by the city government of Davao – an initiative to have a safe New Year’s revelry that eventually landed in the Guinness Book of World Records. (Cherry Mae D. Palicte)

Davao City – What else could have been better than welcoming the New Year “safe and sound” and at the same time getting listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The New Year’s revelry in this city was turned into a milestone event after 7,568 local residents and visitors participated in the 1st “Torotot” Festival.

In the event initiated by the city government here, all the participants simultaneously blew their “torotots” or toy horns – setting a new data in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “most number of people blowing party or toy horns simultaneously.”

The event started around 10:47 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 – several hours before the New Year’s Day at the Freedom Park here.

The Torotot Festival broke the record previously held by Japan for several years of having some 6,900 persons simultaneously blowing party horns.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and other city officials led the simultaneous blowing of horns that also symbolized the city’s welcoming for the New Year.

This city banned the use of firecrackers, fireworks, and pyrotechnics during the New Year revelry since 2002.

For their cooperation in making the event possible, Duterte expressed his gratitude to the participants who joined the initiative, and stressed the importance of welcoming the New Year safely.

He also expressed his gratefulness to the various groups that supported the city government’s initiative – considered as the first in Davao City.

Records also showed that about 30 barangays (villages), especially those within the city proper, had organized their residents to attend the festival, and provided the support in the bid to break the world record.

As this developed, the event organizers disclosed that a prize amounting to P50,000 will be given to the village with the highest number of participants.

Meanwhile, observers said that this “doable” initiative is expected to be replicated in other areas in an effort to have a safe New Year’s revelry.