THE Cebu City Government will no longer attempt to break the Guinness world record for the longest barbecue line during the launching of the South Road Properties (SRP) a week before the May 10 elections.

Mayor Tomas Osmeña initially announced that the City would try to break two world records in one night: the longest barbecue line and the most number of rockets launched in less than a minute.

In a press conference in his office yesterday, the mayor said that since the event is meant to promote the SRP before the “general public,” attempting to break the world record will be hard.

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“We have to break up the barbecue. If you want to technically comply with the longest barbecue requirement, there should be no break (in the line). It’s very hard if there is no break because if people have to go to the other side, they have to crawl underneath the barbecue grill,” the mayor said.

He decided to drop the whole thing for the convenience of the people.

“It will block the flow of pedestrians. So it will not be a one, solid line. But it will be a long stretch,” he said.

He said he is “very excited” about the weeklong celebration, which will have different bands playing each night, and outdoor dining with grilled meat as chief fare.

The event would have been the City’s second attempt to break the record for the longest barbecue line, after it failed in January 2004.

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

Lim wants to launch 100,000 rockets during the fireworks display to break the current world record held by the United Kingdom.

Lim said the 100,000 rockets and the custom-made equipment from where the rockets will be launched will cost around P1 million.

The mayor said the City will have to get other sponsors for the various events and activities.

He also wants to hold a Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan and Liberal Party local members’ party, which is their own version of a “miting de avance,” during the celebration.