For the residents of Bayambang Pangasinan, setting another Guinness Record was even sweeter the second time around.
Almost a thousand residents gathered at the St. Vincent Ferrer prayer park to celebrate its successful attempt for setting a new world record for the tallest bamboo sculpture (supported) in the Guinness World Records.
The once quiet province, known for its vast agricultural produce of onions and sweet corns, worked together for over 10 months in order to build the tallest statue of the town’s patron, St. Vincent Ferrer, made of engineered bamboo supported with steel frame.
The Guinness World Records officially recognized the outstanding man-made work during the unveiling of the 50.23-meter high statue of St. Vincent Ferrer last April 5. It was Guinness World Records adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar who made the formal announcement as part of the town’s 405th founding anniversary and the 400th founding anniversary of the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish as well as the commemoration of the 600th death year of the patron saint of builders.
The statue stands tall in the middle of Bayambang’s hilly area that overlooks hectare-wide farmlands which is now converted to St. VincentFerrer Prayer Park.
According to Dangarikar, Bayambang did not attempt to beat a world record but set a unique record due to the fact that it’s a first in the Guinness World Records to put on record “a sculpture of this scale.”
He also shared that it was already his seventh time to set foot on the Philippines and 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.”
Before the formal unveiling, video clips of Dangarikar, together with Bayambang engineers, flashed on the giant LED screens the rigorous work in the construction site and how Dangarikar meticulously checked on every detail of the structure.
JQS Builders, headed by Arch. Jerry Suratos, Engr. Aaron Villafuerte and Jericho Roble, was in charge of site development planning and detailed design of the sculpture using 3D polygon technology. Design and fabrication of steelworks were handled by Far East Industrial Supply & Co., Inc. (FEISCO) and RAA Architects Engineers Consultants, while Palafox Associates took charge of pinpointing the most appropriate site for the project, based on the municipality’s updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
The St. Vincent Ferrer statue was the brainchild of former Pinoy Big Brother housemate and now Bayambang First Lady Niña Jose-Quiambao, being the wife of town mayor Cezar T. Quiambao. The creation of the statue was made possible by the Quiambao couple, Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation with Romyl Junio as general manager, and hermano and hermana mayors Dr. Henry Fernandez and wife Julie, respectively.
Mayor Cezar Quiambao, in his speech, expressed delight at his wife’s idea of building a statue of their patron saint that also symbolizes Bayambang’s strong faith and respect for St. Vincent Ferrer.
This is the town’s second Guinness record. The first was set in 2014 for the longest barbecue grill (8 kilometers), beating the record of Turkey.
Bayambangueños present to witness the affair validated what mayor Quiambao said that the project was funded by the said foundation and no single centavo from the municipal coffer was spent.
The formal unveiling of St. Vincent Ferrer statue was also witnessed by Pangasinan Rep. Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas and local officials of Bayambang.
Photo credits: Bayambang junior correspondents (student-volunteers)