dancing group-world record set by the Phillipines
22] MANILA,Philippines-- A crowd of over 8,000 Filipinos have gathered
in an attempt to break the World Record in simultaneous dancing.
Ranging from children to senior citizens, from professional
dancers to aerobics regulars, the participants danced a five-minute
The exhibition was aimed at bringing more attention
and awareness to the problem of osteoporosis.
The event was part of Anlene Milk's advocacy campaign
to encourage consumption of high-calcium milk to help prevent osteoporosis.
Event organiser Ming Arroyo, marketing manager
for Anlene Milk, said: "We really want to raise awareness about
osteopororis in the Philippines. "We know from the bone scanning
that we got of around 300,000 Filipinos that one out of two are
at risk of osteoporosis."
Groups of cheerleaders, ballroom dancers, fitness
clubs and students, some camping at the site from dawn, were excited
to join the record attempt. "Dancing can do a lot for your health.
We become stronger. It improves our posture and it freshens our
minds," said 60-year-old Carmelita Moico, who loves to dance tango.
"It feels so good to join the dance. You feel so free!" said aerobics
instructor Raffy Barbatchano.
Ireland currently holds the previous World Record in
simultenous dancing, with 6,700 people dancing at the same time.
promote the Oct. 20 dance movement and milk-drinking in general
as an effective way to prevent osteoporosis, Anlene Milk has gathered
a formidable group of endorsers --actress Dina Bonnevie, Asia’s
Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, award-winning fitness aficionado
Jackie Lou Blanco, dance diva Becky Garcia, former Miss Universe
Margie Moran, swimming champion and television personality Akiko
Thomson, and pastor/ballet dancer Rosita Gomez.
Philippines is a country that loves to attempt breaking world record
titles such as the Most Number of Women Breast-feeding Simultaneously
(3,738 in 2006) and Most Number of Couples Kissing at the Same Time
(6,124 in 2007).