By Lydia C. Pendon  

A SALVO of a thousand drums will blast off the Tambor, Trumpa, Musika or drum and bugle competition slated on Friday, January 22, expecting to make it to the list of Guinnes Book of World Records.

This was disclosed by DepEd Supt. Febe Cang of Passi City, in-charge of the competition that gathers the participation of 16 existing drum and bugle corps and marching bands of different public and private schools in Iloilo.

Cang said that for the first time, the spectacular salvo will be participated in simultaneously by drummers of 7 high schools, 5 elementary schools, 4 marching bands and exhibition marching bands of the University of San Agustin here and the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office.

Hopefully, the Guinness Book of World Records will register the “Salvo of a Thousand Drums” held in this highly urbanized southern city as a major component activity of the Dinagyang Festival held every fourth week of January.

Cang said the opening will be held starting at 8am and after that, the salvo will be conducted to start the parade competition from Plaza Libertad to the capitol grounds. Each entry with majorettes will perform for 10 minutes at the performance area of the Freedom Grandstand and the provincial capitol.  

Participating secondary schools are the Iloilo City National High School, New Lucena, Guimbal, Calinog, Dumangas and Ramon Avanceña National High School. Participating elementary schools with existing drum and bugle corps are Alimodian, Guimbal, Leganes, Dingle and San Joaquin, all from the province of Iloilo.