Iglesia ni Cristo breaks 3 world records

Posted at 07/09/2012 12:03 PM | Updated as of 07/09/2012 4:41 PM
Residents receive a free dental examination during an event organized by Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), a local Christian movement in the Philippines. Photo by Cheryl Ravelo, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – After gaining media attention for planning to put up what has been dubbed as the world’s largest indoor arena, Iglesia ni Cristo is at it again as it broke three Guinness world records.

The influential religious group achieved the feat during its medical-dental mission for informal settlers in Manila last Saturday, July 7.

Tarika Vara, Guinness World Records’ official adjudicator, said Iglesia ni Cristo broke the record for the largest dental health check, the most number of blood pressure readings taken in eight hours, and the biggest number of blood glucose level tests conducted in eight hours.

She said a total of 4,128 people benefited from the dental health check in Manila, breaking the previous record of 3,377 people recorded in India in 2009.

Vara said the Iglesia ni Cristo event also posted a record 8,026 blood pressure readings and 5,217 blood glucose level tests, higher than the previous Guinness records of 7,203 in Kuwait and 3,573 in India, respectively.

Last year, Time.com reported that the designing of a 50,000-seat stadium of Iglesia ni Cristo in Bulacan has already started.

The $213-million facility will be built in time for Iglesia ni Cristo’s centennial celebration in 2014, according to Populous, the US architectural firm behind the project.