Torotot fest to break Guinness record

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Monday, December 23, 2013

AROUND 10,000 party blowers are expected to make noise in the Torotot Festival on New Year’s Eve in this city, aiming to break Japan’s record of 6,900 in the Guinness World Record.

Torotot is a Filipino term for a horn used to make noise to welcome the incoming New Year.

The 12-hour festival will run from 1 p.m. of December 31 until 1 a.m. of January 1, 2014 along Roxas Avenue.

Smart Communications, the lead organizer of the event, encouraged Dabawenyos to take part of the setting of record, which will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. of January 31.

"Be part of the history as we break the Guinness Book of World Records and put Davao City in the history. Let's drive out the bad spirits of 2013 and welcome the positive vibes of 2014," said Arnold Dellosa, Smart Communications sales manager for South Mindanao.

Dellosa said the idea of the Torotot Festival came about since the firecracker ban in the city has been strictly implemented for 11 years now since 2002.

"If wala tayong gagawin sa New Year, why not create one? The idea of Torotot Festival came in. Bakit hindi kaya tayo magsama-sama lahat ng taga-Davao, pumunta sa isang lugar at sabay-sabay natin salubungin ang New Year," he said.

All nearby villages are also welcome to join the event. Dellosa said the village with the most number of torotot blowers will get P50,000.

The contingent who will have the most creative torotot will take home P25,000 for first place, P15,000 and P10,000 for second and third places respectively.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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