By Ruel Saldico
PILI, Camarines Sur – At least 20,000 participants joined the zumba dance event against illegal drugs that coincided with the opening of the “Kaogma Festival 2018” here last Saturday, breaking the Guinness World Record, local authorities said.
Dubbed as “Zumba Kontra Droga,” the event gathered employees of government and private establishments like from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Department of Education (DepEd), local government agencies and students and faculty staff of various private schools.
Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte said it was difficult to organize 20,000 participants for the zumba event, but cited the desire of everyone to be united to the end illegal drugs trade in the country.
Guinness World Records representative Peter James Fairbairn of Australia came to witness the event and confirmed that the event had broken the record previously owned by Manadaluyong City with at least 12,975 participants joining its the Zumba party.
“We broke the record yesterday May 19, 2018. CamSur now has 3 Guinness World Records. Most trees simultaneously planted in 15 minutes over 500 thousand trees and most mangroves planted in one hour with over 1 million,” Villafuerte said.