WITH the participation of the rich and powerful, including a bevy of celebrities, Koronadal City is confident and ready to smash two existing marks in the Guinness World Records on Saturday.
After months of meticulous preparations that included putting up a multi-tiered security measures, Mayor Peter Miguel expects the city to become a “Motorcycle Haven” of the South when the three-day 23rd National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs Annual Convention begins on Friday.
"We will have a lot of VIP's joining our bid to make it to Guinness, but we will not reveal their names for security reasons," said Miguel.
But the highlight of the convention presented by Kawasaki will happen on Saturday as the city attempts to break the records for Most Engines Started Simultaneously and the Most Motorcycle Horns Sounded Simultaneously.
Miguel said the Guinness officials decided to scratch the Most Number of Motorcycle Parade after elevating the bar to as many as 22,000.
With the support of Kawasaki, Petron, BMW, Ducati, Suzuki, KTM, and Department of Tourism, Miguel expects 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to converge in the bustling city – all eager to feel and experience the first-class hospitality not only of Koronadal City but nearby towns like Banga, Surallah, Lake Sebu, Tupi, Polomolok and Tantangan.
“Wala ng alinlangan ito, go na go na tayo sa Koronadal,” said Miguel. “We’ve already coordinated with different government agencies, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police (PNP), even the Bureau of Fire Protection and emergency groups and hospitals,” said Miguel.
Kawasaki Philippines president Hisashi Nishizawa promised to raffle off two brand-new big bikes for the nine-day motorcycle event.
“We are very happy to join such big event like this, to join Mayor Peter B. Miguel’s bid for Guinness,” said Nishizawa.
The annual convention already started this weekend and Miguel said that the organizers already lined up several activities, including conferences, symposia on road courtesies and traffic regulations, skills trainings and other capacity building seminar-workshop for thousands of motorists.
“We’ve been holding big events in Koronadal City, because we’re positioning our place as a place for sports tourism. And this festival, this is the biggest and we are all excited,” said Miguel.
“The biggest happening, of course, is our attempt to break two world records, and we’re confident we can do it as thousands of participants from all over the country, not only from Koronadal City, will join us in this event,” added Miguel.