The 30-centimeter long and 50-centimeter wide mango, owned by Sergio and Maria Socorro Bodiongan of Tubod village, Iligan City sets the new world record for the Biggest Mango.
Maria Socorro says that at harvest time, their mangoes typically weigh 1.5 to 2.5 kilograms, but they don’t sell them and instead give them away to friends.
The Bodiongans’ mango caught the eye of agriculture officials when the couple entered it in the Agriculture Department’s contest of the biggest of everything in Cagayan de Oro last September.
Suzie Roa of DA Region 10 said it was a feat for local agriculture. Roa said they have given the Bodiongan family cash incentives for the feat.
The World's Biigest Mango will be honored in separate resolutions at the House of Representatives and the Senate for proving that the Filipino can grow enormous mangoes, in this case.
Growers from Canada and other countries where mangoes are grown have hinted at the use of performance-enhancing fertilizers, but the Socorros denied this. “They are just jealous and want to keep the Filipino down,” they reportedly said.
The previous Guinness world record for the Biggest Mango was also a “Florida Keitt” variety, a 2.4-kilo mango of Collen Porter of Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.