Largest arnis class: Cebu City breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
CEBU CITY, Philippines -- Some 4,800 students, coaches and persons with disabilities gathered at the Cebu City Sports Center, as Cebu aimed to set a World Record of having the largest arnis class in the world; participants were aged 11 years old and up and came from Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School, where Gelig also teaches, Cebu Normal University, Inayawan Night High School, City Central Elementary, Abellana National School and schools in Lapu-Lapu City, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Some 4,800 students, coaches and persons with disabilities gathered at the Cebu City Sports Center as Cebu aimed to set a World Record of having the largest arnis class in the world. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest Zumba® class consists of 12,975 people and was achieved at an event organised by the City of Mandaluyong (Philippines), in Mandaluyong City, Philippines, on 19 July 2015.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest prenatal yoga class; it involved 553 participants and was achieved by Shenyang Madein Women's and Children's Hospital (China) in Shenyang, Liaoning, China on 10 May 2015. The event was witnessed by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, who had to hurry as he had to leave later that day for Paris to attend the Climate Change conference, and Philippine Sports Commission commissioner Jose Luis "Jolly" Gomez.
"we want the whole world to know that we have set a record for the largest arnis class that hopefully many of them will attempt to make, we want to let them know that Cebu is the bastion of this ancient art of stick fighting," Edward Hayco, chairman of the Cebu City Sports Commission said.
The arnis attempt was spearheaded by arnis coach Jude Gelig, who Hayco said was one of the first coaches to sign up as a volunteer in Cebu's grassroots programs.
Aside from the arnis grassroots, the CCSC also worked with the Department of Education Cebu City Division through sports coordinator Zenaida Gocotano and Mandaue which provided the PWDs.