St. Vincent Ferrer Statue

St. Vincent Ferrer Statue

The St. Vincent Ferrer Statue is a colossal bamboo statue in the town of Bayambang in Pangasinan, Philippines. It is dedicated to the town's Catholic patron saint, Vincent Ferrer (1350–1419), and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the tallest bamboo sculpture in the world.

Conception

The town of Bayambang in 2014 became known for setting the world record for the longest barbeque. The Guinness World Records recognized the feat after the local government led the preparation of a 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) barbeque as part of the town's 400th founding anniversary celebrations. The Bayambang municipal government planned to set a second world record and initially considered breaking the world record for the most number of sky lanterns flown set by Iloilo City which saw the setting off of 18,000 lanterns. The Bayambang government planned to fly 40,000 sky lanterns in 2016 but such plans were scrapped after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources banned such activity in the Philippines due to environmental concerns.[1]

The idea of constructing the St. Vincent Ferrer Statue is credited by the town's Mayor Cezar Quiambao to his wife Mary Clare Phyllis Quiambao who learned online of a bamboo structure about 30 meters (98 ft) high being constructed in Myanmar.[1] The couple are also devotees of the saint having got married at the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church of Bayambang.[2] The construction of the statue was an attempt to set a first time Guinness world record for the tallest bamboo statue. Guinness has set conditions in order for the statue to be given the world record recognition such as a publicly undisclosed minimum height and the perquisite that the statue's exterior be made primarily of bamboo.[3]

Construction and inauguration

The groundbreaking ceremony for the whole St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park, the site of the statue took place on June 20, 2018.[4] The construction of the St. Vincent Ferrer Statue took around ten months which involved 608 men and a woman.[1] The prayer park project including the statue is privately funded by the Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation.[3]

An adjudication was held in the morning of April 5, 2019 to determine the actual height of the statue by Guinness World Records and confirm its world record claim.[5] The whole prayer park was inaugurated and opened to the public at night of the same day where the St. Vincent Ferrer Statue was declared as the world's tallest bamboo statue. The date coincided the 400th founding anniversary of the Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish as an institution and the 600th death anniversary of the saint dedicated by the statue.[6]

^ a b c Yparraguirre, Liwayway (April 8, 2019). "Pangasinan's statue is world's tallest bamboo sculpture". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved May 14, 2019. ^ Yparraguirre, Liwayway (March 12, 2019). "Pangasinan town to inaugurate Guinness World Record entry soon". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved May 14, 2019. ^ a b "Bayambang sets Guinness World Record for tallest bamboo statue". Northern Watch. April 10, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019. ^ Basa-Iñigo, Liezle (June 23, 2018). "Bayambang eyes St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park for Guinness record". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved May 14, 2019. ^ Sotelo, Yolanda (April 5, 2019). "Pangasinan town to unveil world's tallest bamboo sculpture". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2019. ^ Villajos, Leahna (April 8, 2019). "Estatwa ni St.Vincent Ferrer, itinanghal ng Guinness Book of World record na "Tallest Bamboo Statue"" [Statue of St. Vincent Ferrer, proclaimed by Guinness Book of World Record (sic) as the "Tallest Bamboo Statue"]. Veritas 846 (in Filipino). Retrieved May 14, 2019.
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