Thousands of sky lanterns brightened the evening sky above this town on May 24th 2013 as the Philippines lit its way into a new world record in the biggest number of sky lanterns let loose in one place simultaneously.
Seyda Subasi-Gemici, adjudicator and official representative of the Guinness World Records, said thousands of participants flew 15,185 sky lanterns at the football field of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) in Miag-ao.
This bested the previous record set in June 2012 by Romania at 12,740 to promote a shopping mall opening.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia, a spectacular world record for the most sky lanterns flown simultaneously was set in Ancol Carnaval Beach during an event organized by Freedom Faithnet Global – an ecumenical group – as part of their community celebration. Thousands of locals who had gathered on Carnaval Beach launched more than 10,000 twinkling paper lanterns into the night sky from a beach in Indonesia, setting the world record for the Most sky lanterns flown simultaneously.
The previous Guinness world record of 3,682 set in Colombia on Jan. 10 2008 had been shattered.