New Guinness World Record for Having the Most Number of Recorded Murders
By: nobert bermosa
It’s truly an honor to be included in the prestigious Guinness World Records. That’s why individuals, groups, cities, towns, events, countries, etc… are trying to break or make records or set anew in order to be recognized by this famous institution.
The Philippines is proud to have some of the best records in the Guinness World Records. The world’s fastest reader is Maria Teresa Calderon. She became the world’s fastest reader by setting the record of having read 80,000 words per hour. The Philippines likewise hold the records of the World’s Largest Lantern on December 24, 2002 in San Fernando City, Pampanga. The lantern is a P5-million structure with 26.8 meters in diameter. This country holds the record of the World’s Largest High School – The Rizal High School in Caniogan, Pasig City. It is said to be the world’s largest high school in terms of student population. The school has more than 20,000 students.
Other world records held by the Philippines include the World’s Largest Pearl known as “Pearl of Lao-Tzu”. The gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 ½ inches long and 5 ½ inches in diameter. In 1984, it was valued at US$42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old. The largest shoes, the largest pineapple, the only man who could play beautiful music with a leaf – the late Levi Celerio, the largest sticker wrap, the longest pastillas, largest number of people brushing teeth, the longest barbecue, the longest longaniza, the longest beer bar and many others are just some of the world records being held or set by the Philippines.
For the latest, the Philippines has made it to this year’s Guinness World Records for having the most number of recorded murders based on United Nations data in 2004. The year 2004 was an election year in the Philippines. This goes to show that elections in the country are usually characterized by political violence.
This new world record obtained by the Philippines was based on the United Nations 2004 data of 3,515 recorded killings in the county. This record will surely get a negative impact to the Philippines. Studies also showed that the Philippines is branded as one of the most corrupt countries and one of the most dangerous places for journalist.
The Philippines’ other world records represents unity, creativity, cooperation and diligence among Filipinos but, those records could easily get blemished by the recent record on murders.