The Philippines Declared the Guinness World Record Holder for the Largest Serving of Lechon

People gathered in Quezon City to cook 8,917 pounds of roast suckling pig

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It took 330 pigs to prepare this much lechon.

The Philippines is now the Guinness World Records holder for the largest serving of lechon, also known as roast suckling pig.

Calata Corporation, an agricultural conglomerate in the Philippines, prepared 4,045 kilograms of lechon on November 8 — about 8,917 pounds. This record overtakes the previous record of 3,094.2 kilograms (about 6,821 pounds) set by Mexico in 2010.

People gathered at the Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City, Metro Manila, to roast 330 pigs. Cooks from Lydia’s Lechon were in charge of roasting and chopping the pigs from Brookfields Meat Inc., a meat distributor owned by Calata.

Event organizers gave away lechon — considered the national dish of the Philippines — to hundreds of people who attended, and Calata donated the rest to 30 different charities. An event organizer told GMA News Online that 8,917 pounds of lechon can feed about 15,000 people.

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Guinness World Records adjudicator Lucia Singagliese declared that the lechon prepared defeated the previous record.