Philippines' Iglesia Ni Cristo started the New Year with a huge bang, achieving not one, but three new Guinness World Records titles to add to its growing collection.
Around 100,000 people attended the festivities at the Philippine Arena (Largest mixed-use indoor theatre), in Ciudad de Victoria Bocaue Bulacan, Manila.
The main event was the Largest fireworks display, which was launched as the clock struck midnight and continued for a breath-taking 1 hr 1 min 32.35 sec.
Iglesia Ni Cristo lit up the sky with a staggering 810,904 individual fireworks, exploding the previous record of 540,382 rockets which was achieved in Norway in 2014.
Prior to the epic fireworks display, guests were invited to take part in two other exciting record attempts: Most sparklers lit simultaneously (single venue), accomplishing a grand total of 1,070 in the Philippine Sports Center, and Longest line of sparklers lit in a relay, with an impressive 891 participants. The relay went on for 2 hr 18 min 14 sec.
Official Guinness World Records adjudicators Christina Conlon and Seyda Subasi Gemici attended the event to verify the three records, with the announcement of success adding another layer of excitement to the New Year’s revelries.
Despite taking place outdoors in the pouring rain, the partygoers – who ranged from young teens to senior citizens – remained in high spirits.