IN ONE major event before the May 10 elections, Cebu City Hall will launch the 290-hectare South Road Properties (SRP) with a big bang, literally, and will try to break two world records in one night.

Four years after the City started selling SRP lots, Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced that they will officially launch the facility during one big party, where the City will also try to break two Guinness world records—the longest barbecue line and the most number of rockets launched in less than a minute.

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The event might also have a political color to it, since Osmeña wants to hold the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan and Liberal Party local members’ party on the same night, which is their own version of a miting de avance.

Osmeña tentatively scheduled the activity on the first week of May.

He also wants the City to make its second attempt in having a barbecue party with the longest barbecue line, which the City failed to get in January 2004.

Osmeña thought of officially launching the SRP after Pyroworks International Inc. owner Brian Lim asked for the City’s support in his bid to break the world record of having the most number of rockets launched in less than one minute.

He wants to launch 100,000 rockets during a fireworks display at the SRP, in a bid to break the current world record held by the United Kingdom.

“This is long overdue... We are planning to launch the SRP. What really started it, was when Brian asked for my support. I said wow, that’s a great opportunity to launch the SRP, the highlight of which will be breaking the Guinness record,” he said.

There will be all kinds of fun events during the same night, said Osmeña, including a big barbecue party that everyone can attend.

In his news conference yesterday, he said the City may invite sponsors to shoulder some of the expenses.

The 100,000 rockets and the custom-made equipment from where the rockets will be launched are estimated to cost P1 million, Lim said yesterday.

“We’ll have to discuss the budget. We’ll get sponsors. I don’t think we’ll have any problem with that. But the City will spend also because the SRP is our project, we’re just riding on the activity,” the mayor said.

As in the previous elections, Osmeña said BOPK will hold a party for all their supporters who will help in the campaign, instead of a miting de avance.

“Ours is just a party and we can even combine it with that (SRP launch). BOPK can host a concert during the party... If we’re going to have a concert, that will be funded by us, including the sound and light system,” he said.

When sought for comment on the mayor’s plans, businessman Jonathan Guardo said he will just let the mayor celebrate as he wishes.

Guardo and Osmeña will face each other in the south district congressional race.

“Let them celebrate before May 10. We will have our celebration after May 10, our victory party,” Guardo said. (LCR)