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Students Form World’s Largest Human Rainbow
Published on Sunday, September 19, 2004 by the Manila Bulletin
Students Form World’s Largest Human Rainbow
by Shianee Mamanglu
 

Over 31,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) gathered yesterday at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila wearing colorful shirts, caps and flaglets and danced to modern pop tunes in a bid to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Human Rainbow.”


Record rainbow : Some 31,000 students, faculty and alumni of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines create a "human rainbow" in a move to boost the image of the school and a bid to set a new record for world's largest human rainbow in the Guiness Book of World Records. (AFP/Str)
The PUPians attempted to beat the Guinness records of the Malta Archipelago and the Hongkong Polytechnic University (HPU) which organized 11,750 individuals in November, 2003 and 11,500 in 2002, respectively, for the same purpose.

PUP acting President Samuel Salvador said that PUP’s numbers will still be validated by representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records to confirm if it broke Malta Islands’ and HPU’s records.

"So far, this is the longest human rainbow formation in history."

Aside from breaking the world record, Salvador said their "human rainbow" also aims to unite all PUPians now celebrating its centennial year (1904 to 2004). It also intends to raise funds to finance the projects of the PUP Centennial Foundation geared towards the improvement of its facilities.

"PUP is among the state universities in the Philippines with the lowest tuition, but has produced professionals and leaders who are now working hand in hand with the government in uplifting the quality of lives of the Filipinos. Given the fiscal crisis, we have to raise funds if we are to provide our students with a conducive learning environment," he said.

The event was highlighted by the signing of the Declaration of Peace.It will be submitted to the United Nations to enjoin all universities in the world to integrate in their curricular programs a comprehensive subject that will study and address the problems of global violence, poverty and exploitation, and develop good citizens for universal peace.

"The human rainbow will not only place our university on the world map. It will also convey a timely message to the rest of the world that, as a National Comprehensive University, we are sincere in taking up an international agenda that will pursue along the widening global patch dedicated to lasting solutions to violence, inequality and exploitation," said Salvador.

Among those who witnessed the event were Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, his wife Bheng, religious leader Bro. EddieVillanueva, and Philippine International Trading Corp. Chairman Roberto Pagdanganan.

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