Philippines Breaks Another Guinness World Record!

By Mommy Donna and Kib - November 13, 2015

No doubt about it, Filipinos are very competitive.  Whether in the field of sports, performing arts, academics--Filipinos really give their 101% efforts when they compete internationally.   
In addition, Filipinos are also obsessed on breaking world records, especially Guinness World Records.  Here are some of the world records that Filipinos have set on Guinness:

  • Largest flaming image (2014, Iloilo) -- lighted 56,680 candles to create a flaming image.
  • Longest charity walk (2014, Manila) -- Iglesia ni Cristo broke the record with 519,521 participants in a 1.6-kilometer walkathon. This fund-raising walk was for the benefit of the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.
  • Longest basketball game (2014, Manila) -- a five-day basketball game was held on Meralco Gym in Pasig. The game between Team Walang Iwanan and Team Bounce Back lasted 120 hours, 1 minute and 7.8 seconds.
  • Longest barbecue (2014, Pangasinan) -- it measured 8,000 meters and about 50,000 kilograms of fish were used.
  • Largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island -- Taal Lake, on the island of Luzon, Philippines, lies the Taal volcano, whose central crater is now a lake, called Crater Lake. Vulcan Point is a tiny island, some 40 meters across, situated within Crater Lake.
  • Largest audience at a film premiere and Largest attendance at a film screening (2015, Bulacan) -- Felix Manalo, a historical-biographical film of Iglesia ni Cristo's first Executive Minister was shown to a record-breaking 43,624 people at The Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan.
  • Largest coin mosaic (2015, Manila) -- Western Union Philippines has created the world's largest coin mosaic measuring 252.78 square meters.
  • Largest Zumba class (2015, Mandaluyong) -- at least 12,975 people participated in a Zumba class
  • Largest gospel choir (2015, Quezon City) -- Ang Dating Daan Chorale was successful in setting a record for having a largest gospel choir in one location.  8,688 chorale members performed at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
  • Fastest time to eat 12" pizza (2015, Manila) -- Kevin Medina finished eating a 12" round pizza in 23.62 seconds.
  • Largest collection of fastfood restaurant toys (2014, Pampanga) -- Percival Lugue has 10,000 items as of November 14, 2014.
  • Largest human smiley (2015, Manila) -- 8,018 people participated to create the largest human smiley held in Quirino Grandstand.
  • Most boxing world titles in different weight divisions -- Manny Pacquiao has eight world boxing titles under his name.

....and the list goes on....

Last Sunday, November 8, 2015, another world record was set by the Filipinos, hooray!

Calata Corporation, one of the biggest agribusiness conglomerates in the country, recently mounted a grand "Lechon Party", achieving a Guinness World Record on the largest serving of roast pork.  Held at Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Memorial Circle, this event also served as celebratory feast and an early Christmas treat for the less privileged residents of Metro Manila, as part of the company's 16th anniversary.

Previously, the Guinness World Record on the largest serving of roast pork was held by Mexico where they served 3,094.2 kilograms of cochinita pibil, a popular roast pork dish in its Yucatan region.  Calata Corporation topped the record by serving 4,046 kilograms of the country's well-loved version of roast pork--the lechon.

"This year, we celebrated our 16 successful years in the business by giving back to the community instead of having a lavish party.  This is a very momentous occasion for the Philippines, to break the Guinness World Record for the 'Largest Serving of lechon'," shared Joseph Calata, Chairman and CEO of Calata Corporation.

People lining up at the registration area to claim free stubs for the Lechon Party

There were people who are pre-registered for the event, they just have to get their claim stubs

It was an orderly registration, there were also police in the event area to maintain peace and order

Before the grand party started, media were given a glimpse inside the lechon chopping area to see how the world record is being broken.  A group of men chopping the lechon chanting altogether and a giant digital weighing scale were there to measure the amount of chopped lechon.  If I heard it correctly, 330 pigs were roasted for this record-breaking event courtesy of Lydia's Lechon.

Choppers inside the lechon chopping area, chanting once in a while to encourage each and every one to beat the current world record

The official weighing scale.  This is the weight of the lechon at past 3 p.m.

The glass case where the lechon is being measured

The lechon smells good!

It was indeed a grand event wherein GMA celebrities were also invited to entertain the people while waiting for the lechon to be served.  Glaiza de Castro, Kristoffer Martin, and Derrick Monasterio serenaded the guests during the event.  

It was a heart-stopping moment to hear from the representative of Guinness to announce whether the record was broken or not.

Philippines broke the record!  Joseph Calata, CEO of Calata Corporation holding the certificate from Guinness

Congratulations to the Philippines in breaking the record previously held by Mexico!

People lined up the lechon claiming area to claim a plateful serving of lechon.  There's really more than enough for everybody!

....and the Lechon Party starts.  People are lining up to taste the lechon

Each individual is getting a plateful of lechon

Let's eat!

Calata Corporation's "Lechon Party" reflects how much the company values achievement, success, gratitude and kinship.  Indeed, it's a great way to kick off the holiday season by sharing their blessings with the less privileged and gathering family and friends.

Let's eat lechon, but in moderation, hihihi :)

About Calata Corporation

Calata Corporation is the largest retailer and distributor of top agrochemical brands, feeds, fertilizers, veterinary medicines and seeds throughout the country.  Calata Corporation also owns and operates a chain of retail stores named AGRI, the largest retailer of the country's choice brands such as AGRI Crop Protection, Heisenberg veterinary medicines, Thomson and Hine, as well as Ivansmith agrochemicals.  To know more about Calata Corporation, you may visit their website at

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