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Thunderous applause, deafening shrieks and sheer joy enveloped the history-rich town the night of April 5 after the formal announcement was made that its latest entry as the Tallest Bamboo Sculpture (Supported) of St. Vincent Ferrer or the tallest statue made of engineered bamboo successfully landed a spot in the Guinness World Records.
It was adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar who brought the piece of good news to all Bayambangueños during the unveiling of the 50.23-meter (164 ft. 9.56 inches) tall statue at the St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park that Bayambang now holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest supported bamboo sculpture. No wonder, everyone was in a jubilant mood in the town’s celebration of its 405th founding anniversary and the marking of 400th year of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish (1619 to 2019). The occasion also coincided with the commemoration of the 600th death year (1419 to 2019) of the saint also known as the pastor of builders.
The colossal statue, made of steel frame and engineered bamboo cladding, stands tall at the center of the two-hectare emerging spiritual hub situated in Barangay Bani. According to Dangarikar, Bayambang did not attempt to beat a world record but set a unique record for “a sculpture of this scale.”
He, too, shared that it was already his seventh time to set foot in the Philippines and Dangarikar said that every time he comes here, “you never fail to amaze me” because even though he had expected to see a sculpture to be big, Dangarikar did not foresee “it was that huge and beautifully built.”