Bataan gets second Guinness Record this year

ORION, Bataan — For the second time this year, this province got on Saturday the certificate as title holder of the Guinness World Records under the category “Most Trees Planted in one Hour by a Team of Unlimited Size in a Single Location.”

Swapnil Dangarikar, official adjudicator of Guinness World Records, announced that Bataan successfully planted 223,390 trees, surpassing India’s record of 208,751.

More than 20,000 people participated in the planting of various seedlings of forest trees like eucalyptus, narra, and fruit trees, cashew in more than 20 hectares of public lands in the mountain side of Barangay General Lim, below the giant War Memorial Cross in Mount Samat.

“Congratulations. The project was wonderfully done,” the Indian national said after a long and rigid validation of the results.

Gov. Albert Garcia and Orion Mayor Antonio Raymundo beamed with joy as they received the Guinness certificate.

The governor said they have two purposes for the massive tree-planting activity.

“First, we are doing this for environment. If we plant trees, this will result to soil protection and oxygen for Bataan and the country,” he said.

“Second, we want to send a strong message why we want to get the world record. The message is – Bataan is developing faster, economy is likewise booming rapidly, but at the same time, we want to balance the environmental protection,” Garcia said.

As early as 4 a.m., thousands trooped to the planting site. Many hiked uphill traversing more than four kilometers of concrete and dirt roads.

Planting started at 10 a.m. and in less than an hour, the activity in close watch by the police, private auditing firm and Guinness adjudicators was finished.

Last March 18, 2016, Balanga City beat Mexico City in the Guinness World Records’ category of Dance Fitness Exercise after 16,218 people joined the hataw along the 2.2-kilometer long, four-lane road in the city. PNA/