Once again the Filipino prove the value of “bayanihan spirit” by setting a new world record for the longest line of single-denominated coins. November 30, 2011 to December 01, 2011, the Quirino Grandstand grounds was filled by close to 8,000 volunteers from different schools and private civic groups and finished creating a 73.02-kilometer line of 25 centavo coins. 8.14 kilometers lead over the record of 64.88 km of pennies held by US since June 2008. The coins were donated by local government units, schools, media, and the public.
Compared with the previous record, finishing in 6 hours time, the laying down of coins was supposed to be completed earlier but was extended due to sudden downpours as well as a temporary shortage of scotch tape which caused delays. But organizers and volunteers valiantly continued their effort, until late in the evening.
Geodetic engineers confirmed the measurements and inspected the line of coins to see if it complied with the standards of the Guinness World Record, since there were no official person from Guinness. Other independent auditors will sign a certification, which will be submitted, along with other documents, to the Guinness World Records for “official” confirmation of the new world record.
According to the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the event was part of the BSP’s effort to encourage the re-circulation of coins back into the system, amid the country’s coin shortage. Coins used in the event will later then be put into circulation and the proceeds of the donations will be used in building of classrooms around the Philippines.