The Largest samba dance has been achieved at an attempt organised by Kidapawan City Tourism in the Philippines.

15,230 people took part in the attempt in Kidapawan and formed four rows of pairs that stretched for 5 kilometres (3.11 miles) - that's the same length as 100 Olympic sized swimming pools!

A wide variety of people participated in the event and came from many different institutions, such as public and private schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, business sectors, clubs and organisations, private institutions and other interested groups or individuals within the Kidapawan community.

Participants trained over a period of four months in preparation for the attempt.


The training was undertaken by volunteer dance instructors from different parts of the city with all dancers uniformly dressed in typical samba attire.


There was one steward to every 50 dancers, ensuring all the correct steps were made and the participants were keeping in time with the music.

The mass participation event was organised by Joey Recimilla, City Tourism and Promotion Officer, on behalf of Kidapawan City Tourism.

the event was designed to raise awareness of the city, and coincided with the city's 20th Charter Day anniversary, which marks the occasion Kidapawan became a recognised city.

"It has unified the people to a common cause to promote the city and encourage investment and tourism," Joey Recimilla, City Tourism and Promotion Officer, Kidapawan City Tourism.


This is not the first record held by Kidapawan City Tourism.

In August 2016, it broke the record for Largest cha cha cha with 14,725 participants, and still hold this title.

Who knows what dance they'll try next!

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