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Iglesia ni Cristo breaks 3 Guinness records

July 11, 2012
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The Iglesia ni Cristo central temple in Quezon City

“You are now officially amazing!”

With this declaration, Guinness world record’s official adjudicator Tarika Vara certified that the international aid for humanity, which the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) held in Manila on July 7, had broken three Guinness world records.

The whole-day medical-dental mission in the capital’s huge informal settlers’ community broke the world record for the largest dental health check.

It also broke two other world records – for the biggest number of blood pressure (BP) readings taken in eight hours and for the most numerous blood glucose level (BGL) tests, also conducted in eight hours.

The feat was also a win for the Philippines, organizers said.

At the closing of the medical-dental mission in Parola, Tondo, on Saturday night, Vara announced that she and the Guinness partner auditor for the event had recorded 4,128 people who benefited from the dental health check, beating the record of 3,377 previously held by India.

Guinness also announced a record 8,026 BP readings and 5,217 BGL tests, which were conducted in cooperation with the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation.

The Kuwait Heart Foundation previously held the record of 7,203 BP readings taken in eight hours. The foundation achieved the record on Oct. 28, 2011.

The previous record for the most numerous BGL tests in eight hours was 3,573. It was achieved at an event organized by the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation in Bangalore, India on Nov. 13, 2011.

“This was a truly extraordinary event,” Vara said of the INC achievement, as she made the announcement.

“I have truly not seen anything like this not just as a representative of Guinness world record, but in my life. I’ve never seen an organization so dedicated to helping other people free of charge all day from 10 past 10 in the morning to 10 past nine at night,” she said.

Vara said she did not know of any other organization in the world that was able to break three records in just one event.

“I would like to say that I was extremely pleased (and) moved, and I’m just completely humbled by the fact that you gave your services today. The standards were incredibly high. All of you ensured that you were following the Guinness world record guidelines which I was adamant you had to. So, thank you for listening to me. You are now, officially amazing!” Vara said.

Report from Inquirer.Net

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