These are the reasons why this endemic global Christian church in the Philippines is “officially amazing” !
Setting Guinness World Records is not a walk in the park. But mind you, this Christian church from the Philippines keeps on reaping Global recognition for its world-class events that does not only address social issues but also gains world recognition.
To date, Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) which started its missionary work in the Phippines on July 27, 1914 is currently the title holder of more than 16 Guinness World Records. Here are some of them:
Aid To Humanity 2016 – Tondo, Manila, Philippines
The recent Aid to Humanity (Lingap Sa Mamamayan) of the INC is a regular activity that they held to help Filipinos and other citizens of the world, who are in need of help. The difference of the event held on April 29, 2016 was a bit historic for the church, Philippines and Guiness World Records itself. INC is the only organization in the world who had attempted and gained 4 new world records for a single event!
Here are the outstanding world records INC has collected for the Philippines:
1. “largest collection of clothes for recycle/donation”
The INC members has collected and distributed more than 200,000 wearable and clean used clothes breaking the record set by Rescue Mission of Trenton, New Jersy, in the United States on November 15, 2015 for 179,550 clothes.
2. “the most shoes donated to charity in 24 hours”
The members of INC gathered around 17,000 pairs of shoes to be donated on the slum area of Tondo. All of the said pairs of shoes were distributed in less than two hours.
3. “the most medical ultrasound examinations in eight hours”
For eight hours INC conducted more than 7,000 ultrasound examinations, beating the records set by the Chinese Taipei Rotaty Internation Districts on Dec 15, 2015 of 2,434 ultrasound examinations.
4. “the most medical risk assessment in eight hours”
For eight hours, the medical mission group and members of INC conducted 4,784 medical risk assessments. Thousands of INC members who are part of the medical mission group and Society of Communicators and Networkers (SCAN) volunteered their time to conduct these assesments.
2016 New Years Eve
On the eve of the 2016 New years celebration, INC also set two major Guinness world record attempts. Guinness World Records official adjudicator Christina Conlon awarded the following records to INC on January 1, 2016:
5. the longest line of sparklers lit in relay
INC had 891 participants who joined the longest line of sparklers during its 2016 New Year Celebration countdown.
6. “the most sparklers lit simultaneously”
1,070 participants simultaneously lighted their sparklers. the sparkler burnt out was 4 mis 52.13 seconds and was participated by young teens to elderly despite under heavy rain.
7. “the largest fireworks display”
810,904 fireworks was achieved by INC at the countdown of 2016 New Years Celebrations in the Philippine Arena. The record-breaking fireworks display lasted 1 hour and 1 minute 32.35 seconds
Felix Manalo Premier Night 2015
The well attended premiere night of “Felix Manalo” movie garnered two additional world records for INC. The movie, which portrayed the life of the church’s first executive minister Felix Ysagun Manalo was watched by 43,624 attendees filling The Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victora, Bulacan, Philippines on October 4, 2016.
8. “Largest audience at a film premiere”
43,523 audiences attended the film premier of Felix Manalo. The said new record best the 28,422 attendees of the documentary called Honor Flight in 2012.
9. “Largest attendance at a film screening”
The 43,523 audiences of the film screening of Felix Manalo also beats the previous record held by “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” with over 10,000 in attendance at 02 Arena, London in 2008.
10. “most number of hunger relief packs distributed within eight hours”
On February 22, 2014, the Aid to Humanity held at Palayan, Nueva Ecija. Upon the instruction of its executive minister, Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo, INC provided 302,311 hunger relief packs to Filipinos in Central Luzon. The said hunger relief packs contained two non-perishable items (noodles and sardines) and three kilos of rice.
Guinness World Record adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici thanked the INC for its “well-done, organized and professionally done record attempt,” which she said followed all the strict guidelines of Guinness.
100th Year Anniversary Celebration
During the centennial celebration of the INC, two new world records was achieved:
11. Largest Mixed-use Indoor theater in the world, the Philippine Arena
With a seating capacity of 51,929, Philippine Arena — the center piece of the Ciudad De Victoria development, is the worlds largest mixed-use indor theater to date. The said venue was the centennial celebration venue of the INC.
Largest Gospel Choir
On that same day, the number of choir members of INC, set a world record for the “largest gospel choir” with more than 4,745 choristers in attendance. The said title is now with the Members Church of God International with 8,688 singers.
Read also: Interesting Facts about Philippine Arena
World Wide Walk for Yolanda Victims 2014
On February 15, 2014 INC staged a massive walk for humanity to air the need of the Filipinos who are survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which left more than 6,000 dead and 10 million Filipinos displaced. The primary goal of the walk is to bring the issue to the global stage by rallying Filipinos to a global walk. All proceeds of this will be used to help Filipinos restart their lives after the super typhoon.
12. The largest charity walk done within 24 hours in multiple venues
the humanity walk was participated by more than 519,221 participants, staged in more than 129 sites in 16 countries, in 12 time zones. The previous holder of the same title was held by Canada with more than 231, 635 participants in 1,011 locations in 2007.
13. The largest charity walk in a single venue (Manila)
The historic Roxas Boulevard, Manila was a witness to more than 175.409 participants that took the 1.6 kilometer walkathon. The number is enough to topple the previously held title by Singapore with 77,500 participants in 2009.
Aid For Humanity 2012
In 2012, INC set three world records when it staged its Aid For Humanity 2012 event in Tondo, Manila as part of the church’s 98% anniversary celebration. The three world titles bestowed by Guinness are: