A huge crowd of 11,336 people took part in an illuminating event in the Philippines last month, lighting 56,680 candles to set a new record for the largest flaming image.

Filipinos together with visitors from Thailand and several other countries joined together to help light-up the image in a 166m x 303m field in the city of of Iloilo, on Panay Island.

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The enormous flaming image depicted event organiser The Middle Way Meditation Institute's logo with the sentence 'World Peace Through Inner Peace', with a map of the Philippines and the words 'The Philippines 2014'.

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The Middle Way Meditation Institute (MMI), a non-profit organization who promote meditation techniques, said that they intended for participants in the record attempt to “meditate together for individual inner peace to bring about true world peace as our global community is increasingly suffering from a number of negative factors, ranging from economic and financial uncertainties, nuclear weapons, terrorism, food and water shortages to natural disasters.”

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Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), Archdiocese of Jaro, the city and provincial governments of Iloilo, and the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education were all also involved in organising the successful mass participation event.

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Guinness World Records adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici was there to verify proceedings and award a certificate to recognise a new record for Largest Flaming Image Using Candles.

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Anumodhana Boom, director of MMI said: "This victory involved so many people - Thais, Philppinos and people from other nations and religious leaders. We became one in this amazing event, crossing both racial and religious boundaries. The message of world people has been sent through the recognition of Guinness World Records."

A memorial service for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) was also held at the event.


The event even boasted it's own theme song, written and sung by Howard McCrary and Gretchell Yeung. Composer McCrary has previously worked on musical compositions with a host of stars including Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Check out the video below.