From 195 countries in the world today, Philippines is considered one of the smallest countries. But when it comes to setting world records, the country is among the largest record holders. Gathered below are ten “largest” records currently held by the Philippines.
1. Largest Flaming Image Using Candles
The 20 hectare vacant lot in Savannah City, Iloilo brightened as 56,680 candles lit up to set the world record for the Largest Flaming Image Using Candles. The Middle Way Meditation Institute of Iloilo in cooperation with Villar SIPAG, Archdiocese of Jaro, the city and provincial government of Iloilo, CHED and DepEd organized the event on April 14, 2014. The theme for the event was “World Peace Through Inner Peace.”
2. Largest Parade of Yamaha Motorcycles
1,208 participants of the Yamaha Club Day celebration gets the world title for the Largest Parade of Yamaha Motorcycles. On June 7, 2014, Yamaha Motor Philippines organized the event to set the record at SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
3. Largest Human Smiley Formation
In celebration of the company’s 9th anniversary, Alliance In Motion Global Inc gathered 8,018 people to form the world’s Largest Human Smiley. The event happened on May 30, 2015 in Burnham Green, Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park in Manila. They formed the largest human smiley in the world but the smile on their faces is probably immeasurable.
4. Largest Zumba Class
12,975 people gathered in Mandaluyong City to set the world record for the Largest Zumba Class on July 19, 2015. The city’s local government aims to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle through the Zumba class. The two months preparation of 82 licensed zumba instructors were not put to waste when the event became a success.
5. Largest Shower Area
When the town of Los Banos in Laguna commemorated its 400 year anniversary last September 20, 2015, the shower fest event was one of its highlights. What added to the celebration was bagging the world title for having the Largest Shower Area. There were 373 bathers inside the 394 square meter bath area. And here’s a fun fact. Did you know that Los Banos is a Spanish term for baths?
6. Largest Fireworks Display
The new year of 2016 gave a new world record for the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). INC is one of the biggest religious groups in the Philippines. Before 2015 closes, they started the Largest Fireworks Display in the world with 810,904 individual fireworks. The skies brightened for one hour, one minute and 32.35 seconds. An estimate of 100,000 people witnessed the fireworks display in the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
7. Largest Gospel Choir
Another “largest” record belongs to the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). The religious group gathered 21,262 choir members in the Philippine Arena in Cuidad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan on May 22, 2016. The group sang 3 hymns which was accompanied by an organ. INC holds a number of world titles including the Philippine Arena as the Largest Indoor Arena, which they own.
8. Largest Cha Cha Cha Dance
Dancing to Cha Cha Cha gave the Philippines a world record. 14,725 people were gathered by the city government of Kidapawan in Cotabato to be a part of the Largest Cha Cha Cha Dance. Students from ten public elementary schools, three high schools and three colleges in the city were present on August 30, 2016. Local government employees and officials from numerous government and private agencies also added to the number.
9. Largest Number of Motorcycle Engines Started Simultaneously
To promote motorcycle road safety, 3,184 motorcycle engines simultaneously started and bagged the world title. The local government unit of the City of Koronadal, Petron, National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs Inc., South Cotabato Motorcycle Club worked together to achieve the title on April 29, 2017 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
10. Largest Lantern Parade
September 19, 2017, the city government of San Jose Del Monte Bulacan attempted to set the world record for the Largest Lantern Parade for the second time. All the 14,173 participants used their creativity in making handmade lanterns using recycled soda and cans of beer. Indeed, setting the record for their second attempt proves there is no harm in trying again.
These records are just the “largest” for the Philippines. The list would have gone a long way if the “longest”, “shortest” and “most” were included. This only proves that our country is globally competitive in creative and exciting ways.