Guinness names Balanga City record-holder of world’s largest dance fitness class

BALANGA CITY, Bataan, March 18 (PNA) — This city on Friday became Guinness World Records’ official holder of the world’s largest dance fitness class in a single venue demonstration after surpassing the record of Mexico City.

Kimberley Dennis, Guinness adjudicator, announced that 16,218 people participated in the dance fitness exercise held on Friday at the 4-lane road, known as Enrique Garcia, Sr. Highway, in Balanga City

Dennis said the number broke the world record held by Mexico City since 2012 where there were 6,630 participants in the same category.

The news was met with rejoicing by city and provincial officials, guests and participants filling the stretch of 2.2 kilometers from the MacArthur Highway to the Roman Superhighway.

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III, brother Governor Albert Garcia and former TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva were elated over the city’s accomplishment. Villanueva’s wife is from Bataan.

“Balanga is the first local government unit in Bataan to achieve this feat. This is for all our citizens, especially the youth who will always remember that they were part of this undertaking. It is not only world record in largest dance fitness class that we attained but we were also recognized worldwide as tobacco-free generation,” the mayor said.

Bataan’s component city has aggressively pursued a no-smoking campaign since 2008. It is under the Hall of Fame of the Department of Health (DOH) after receiving Red Orchid awards for three consecutive years.

“The world will always remember that Balanga was the first city to declare a tobacco-free generation movement,” said Dr. Heng Nun Koong, Tobacco-Free Generation founder in Singapore.

Dr. Ariel Ilaya presented to the mayor a resolution signed by 30,000 residents of Balanga City that asked the city council to implement programs and ordinances that will push further the implementation of the tobacco-free generation movement.

”Those people who were born in the year 2000 onwards promised that they would not smoke in their whole lives,” Mayor Garcia said.

Elementary school pupils and teachers were proud of the feat of Balanga.

They were among the thousands from 25 barangays of Balanga and some towns in Bataan who joined the 37-minute non-stop hataw.

”We were happy with what happened,” said Grade 6 pupil Kenjie Ponce.

“We were gasping for air but we did enjoy,” said other school children. Ernie Esconde/PNA/