THE IGLESIA ni Cristo (INC) has claimed to have broken the Guinness world record for the largest human sentence with 23,235 participants forming the sentence “Proud to be a member of Iglesia Ni Cristo” held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
“We broke the record for the largest human sentence with 23,235 participants,” said Bro. Erwin Briones, an INC spokesman.
The event held recently shattered the record set by India in 2016 with 16,550 people forming the sentence, “You Can You Will.”
Briones said they are also attempting to break four more Guinness World Records namely: the largest photo mosaic; the largest charity walk, single venue, multiple venues and most number of nationalities.
The human sentence formation was conducted in line with the INC’s “Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty”, which was held at the iconic Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Participants, upon finishing the event, were directed to drop their wrist bands located at the end of the finish line.
The number of wrist bands would indicate the total number of people who participated in the event. The proceeds of the Second Worldwide Walk will be used to continue providing food and medical assistance for those in immediate need in impoverished communities.
INC and Felix Manalo Foundation Inc. also elicited the support of the Office of the President for its “Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty” simultaneously held in 358 areas in 44 different countries – in a milestone attempt to surpass its own Guinness World Record four years ago for the largest charitable walk in 24 hours.
Special Assistant to the President, Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go who was sent by President Rodrigo Duterte, walked with the crowd as he commended the INC’s effort, which complements the Duterte administration’s goal of reducing the poverty rate by 25 percent in three years.
Go said he came not only to represent President Duterte but to personally support INC because time and again it demonstrated that it has its heart for service not only for its members but beyond the confines of INC.
The 2014 charity walk benefitted victims of typhoon Yolanda, also known as Haiyan, which devastated the country in November 2013 particularly the Visayas region. It was the strongest tropical storm recorded in history. (Ferdinand Patinio and Jun Ledesma)
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