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    The island of the Philippines once again sets a new Guinness world record for the most number of hunger relief packs distributed within eight hours.

    In just a week after breaking Singapore and Canada's record of the largest charity walk in single & multiple sites in 24 hrs. Guinness Book of World Records Adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici said at Barrio Maligaya in Laur, Nueva Ecija, that the Philippines thru the Iglesia Ni Cristo is amazing.

    “I have the pleasure to announce that the world record attempt for the most number of hunger relief packages distributed in eight hours, with an achieved number of 302,311 hunger relief packages, Mabuhay ang Iglesia ni Cristo, You are all officially amazing”.

    The award officially declared by Gemici, at the closing stage of the huge Lingap sa Mamamayan (Aid for Humanity) with an estimated of three million people in attendance, conducted by the religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo led by its Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo.

    The distribution of the relief goods is in line with the commemoration of the 49th anniversary of Barrio Maligaya, a self-sustaining INC community in Nueva Ecija which was initially set up for the 145 INC families who had been persecuted and sent away from Hacienda Luisita, after the INC members refused to join a labor union there. The INC members in Hacienda Luisita made an exodus from Hacienda Luisita to their new home in Barrio Maligaya on February 22, 1965.

    Executive Minister Manalo, also himself officiated a special worship service in Barrio Maligaya early Saturday morning attended by about half a million INC delegates from different congregations surrounding Nueva Ecija. Huge tents with large LED screens were set-up in an 18-hectare open area set up especially for the outdoor worship service that day. The worship service started at around 7 a.m., followed by the relief distribution starting at 9:18 a.m up to 5:18 p.m.

    INC spokesperson for the INC’s latest relief distribution event, minister Edwil Zabala, said the Guinness record just highlighted what the church had been doing all along, which is helping people who need aid wherever they are, especially during times of calamities and disasters.

    Zabala said most of the intended beneficiaries of the INC’s relief distribution in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija were villagers affected by typhoon Santi (international name Nari) which had hit the rice-growing plains of Central Luzon the hardest. This was in October 2013, a few weeks before super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) pummeled Central Philippines starting November 8, 2013 when it made six landfalls. The INC had also sent immediate aid and relief packs to the areas affected by typhoon Santi and typhoon Yolanda last year.

    Just a week ago, on February 15, the “INC Worldwide Walk” for survivors of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) broke the Guinness record for the largest charity walk in a single venue (Manila site with 175,509 participants), and set a new world record for the largest charity walk done within 24 hours in multiple venues (135 sites around the world with 519,221 participants)

    The first three Guinness records broken by the church organization was on July 7, 2012, during the INC International Aid to Humanity held at the Parola compound in Tondo, Manila where INC volunteers conducted a whole day medical-dental and relief mission for the poor residents in the area as part of the 98th year commemoration of the INC’s registration in the Philippines on July 27, 1914.

    The INC broke three Guinness world records on that day, July 7, 2012, namely the largest dental health check, the biggest number of blood pressure (BP) readings taken in eight hours, and the most numerous blood glucose level (BGL) tests, also conducted in eight hours.

    Gemici, herself documented the distribution, to ensure that the strict guidelines laid down by Guinness were observed. The counting and validation of the wristbands given to those who got relief packs were finished just before 7 p.m. The counting was closely monitored, validated and tabulated by representatives from SGV (Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and company) auditing firm.

    It was the sixth Guinness World Record of the INC since July 2012, and the third Guinness record set by the religious organization this year, 2014, considered as its “Centennial Year.” The INC will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 27, 1914.Guinness 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.

    INC General Auditor minister Glicerio B. Santos Jr., who is also the president of the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, Inc., the INC’s charitable arm, said this was “all for God’s glory.” Santos stressed that the new Guinness world record of the INC was not just a victory for the church, but also a victory for the Philippines. And each Filipino should be proud of this,” he said shortly after the announcement.

    Aside from the distribution of relief packs, the INC’s “Lingap sa Mamayan” also gave free medical and dental services to the people of Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

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