Kidapawan City aims to set world record for largest cha-cha dance

  • Kidapawan City aims to break the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest cha-cha dance
  • The city gathered over 14,000 dancers comprising of elementary pupils and high school students from public and private schools
  • Based on record, Singapore holds the record for the world’s largest cha-cha-cha since 2011 with 3,379 participants
  • The event aims to change a negative image caused by the bloody dispersal of farmers who held a picket along the national highway when El Niño hit the country in April this year

In an attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the ‘largest cha-cha dance,’ Kidapawan City has gathered more than 14,000 dancers comprising of elementary pupils and high school students from private and public schools.

Leading the dancers were City Mayor Joseph Evangelista and Cotabato Governor Lala Mendoza, an article published by GMA News Online stated.

Witnessing the presentation were three professional dancers (one of them a British national), Joey Recemilla, city tourism and investment promotions officer, noted.

According to Recemilla, the city’s attempt to set a world record was aimed at changing a negative image which was created after the bloody dispersal of farmers who held a picket along the national highway when El Niño hit the country in April this year.

The dispersal left two individuals dead, one of them a farmer from a far-flung town in Cotabato, Recemilla added.

Based on record, Singapore holds the record for the world’s largest cha-cha-cha since 2011 with 3,379 participants.

Standing as witnesses in Kidapawan City’s attempt to break the world record were Julie Plummer, a Latin and standard professional from England who has been living in the Philippines since 2011; Lowell Basa Tan of the United Kingdom Alliance (UKA) Professional Teachers of Dancing; and Crisaldo Rendon, head coach and principal teacher of the Dancesport Team in Cebu City and fellow Latin American and modern standard from the UKA.

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