The current world record for the largest rice cake mosaic is 64 square meters. It belongs to Japan. Tomorrow, December 8, 2017 the municipality of Calasiao will attempt to set a new record of 200 square meters.
I made the application to Guinness World Record upon the prodding of two people, Christopher Parayno and Richard Poserio, both consultants to the municipal government on a fine day months ago.
Since I was also the one who started the puto festival last 2011, where we organized and staged the first one recognizing and promoting the white gold of the town, Puto Calasiao, I was excited to be once again on the consultant board for this event in its bid for the largest rice cake mosaic.
Heading the documentation team which is one crucial task, we made sure to capture all requirements set by Guinness World Records for the largest rice cake mosaic.
In a conversation with Mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon, who gave the green light for the bid to push thru, he said that he wanted to help further boost the town’s economy by promoting the puto industry as a whole.
He met with the puto producers association and laid down his plans, and the group were very elated with the Mayor’s support to boost the industry.
Measuring more than 200 square meters, and using up approximately 300,000 puto or rice cakes spread out in a table of 70, the Municipality of Calasiao would attempt to break the existing world record of 64 sqm.
The construction of the giant mosaic started three days before the main event. It was held at the Calasiao Sports Complex. 43 young men and women volunteered to help create the huge unconventional art designed by Pangasinan artist Kel Cruz. Kel is a famous pixel art mastering photo mosaics using materials such as matches, lipstick, masking tape, stamp pads, and other items found in the surrounding.
The image, depicting older generation passing the torch to younger ones and passing on the industry’s future to the next generation to nurture and grow better.
30 Puto Producers all each contributed to the weight requirement of the mosaic. Some were assigned with specific colors used in the image.
The record attempt to be held at the Municipal Plaza on the 8th of December at 5pm will be graced by the Provincial Governor Amado I. Espino III and other distinguished guests.