Wednesday, September 06, 2006


The Philippines is vying to become the new record holder for the world’s longest painting on continuous canvas. Their theme is marine life.

The current Guinness World record holder is the United Arab Emirates whose artwork was done in Abu Dhabi on March 21, 2005 and set a record of 2,978.4 meters (9,771.6 feet).

At last count, the Philippine entry has only 1,700 plus meters of canvas painted; the goal is 5,000 meters. Iran, from what I was recently told, is a fierce competitor aiming for a 10,000 meter goal. And with a deadline of September 7th, the current record alone is looking mighty tough to beat for the Philippines. An extension is being requested by all participating countries.

Those who wish to participate may still do so and register in one of two ways:

One is to sign up for free and for doing so will be given a Certificate of Participation.

The other involves a 1,000 peso fee, but comes with certain benefits such as Certificate of Participation from OTSAA, Guinness World Records, World Art Heritage from UNESCO; souvenir items (t-shirts, pins, and etc.); lifetime membership I OTSAA’s longest painting club and considered qualified for special awards; inclusion of name in the Guinness coffee table book; and 50% discount on all commemorative items on sale.

The official venue where this monumental endeavor is being executed is on the 4th floor of SM North (or West) Mall.

You may also call the following for additional information:

Telephone: 417-5785 or 796-0954
Mobile: 0918-473-1321

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posted by Señor Enrique at 6:30 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope we'd win this record...Its so much more fabolous and formal than having the record for the longest grill or something...

September 06, 2006 8:15 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Amazing & Fun!
I am surprised that our chances are so bleak. With all those schools & children it should be easy to win...
But again I am not sure the public is well informed. If I had been aware of this I would have enrolled my son to paint a piece of canvass.

September 06, 2006 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing!

Well, I hope there is enough publicity for this event and that everyone will gather around and give their best shot so that Philippines will win.

Impossible is nothing! Cheers!


September 06, 2006 9:02 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I totally agree with you Major Tom, but what they should have done is arrange for a traveling venue -- one week in every city, including the provinces throughout the country -- and solicit the support of every local official; hence making it a unified effort on a national level.

As it is, it just sits at an SM mall.

I'm really surprised why not much publicity is being conducted about this event, Sidney.

But then again, what many may find prohibitive is that all participants must supply their own painting materials, which could be quite expensive. So, without a sponsor, most kids (and even adults) may be discouraged from joining.

You may want to cover this event tomorrow, Sidney, when they will announce if an extension has been granted. I can't go due to some family obligation.

I haven't been subscribing/reading the newspapers, Kyels, so not sure how much exposure this event has been getting.

But from what I understand, not only high school, but the fine arts department of many colleges in the city had sent their students to join.

I'm still rooting for the Philippines to win it, though.

September 06, 2006 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! It would be great if the Philippines can beat the world record. I like the first and the last photos.

September 06, 2006 9:40 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thing is, Niceheart, these paintings weren't done haphazardly just to cover a certain area of canvas to win a contest; everyone I saw seemed putting in a lot of thought and effort into their respective space.

What's even more beautiful a sight to behold is that a number of people -- both young and old alike -- busily collaborating to create something towards a common goal.

There's a lot more amazing works, but I couldn't post them all. Perhaps, Sidney could continue this post, as well as others who may read this entry and be inspired to go over there to check it out, and take some pics :)

September 06, 2006 9:50 AM  

Blogger ipanema said...

Omigod, Eric! This is awesome! It's beautiful! My son was chosen as one of many students who did mural in their school. They did a fascinating job. Their group won. Of course it's nothing like this.

I thought you'll upload this early morning, I wasn't able to type my post cuz I was waiting for this. Anyway it's here. I'm euphoric.

Thank you. I could feast on these for awhile. I love all their work! You know I'm happy when I see this because I can't do it. I can only appreciate it. Zero talent si ipanema. :(

September 06, 2006 11:56 AM  

Blogger KJS said...

I quoted Morgan Freeman from one of your favorite movies in one of my recent blogs.

But I didn't leave this comment just to tell you that. I also wanted to tell you thank you for your encouraging comments with regard to my new life!

I will continue to follow yours.

September 06, 2006 12:27 PM  

Blogger Gayzha said...

Wow this is really amazing! These are some things that we should encourage young people to do! Something that inspires them to explore their talents and also positively reflecting a positive image of the Philippines :)

Well, even if we don't win, I think there are positive outcomes of this endeavour! Well done to those who initiated this!

September 06, 2006 12:30 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Welcome to the club, Ipanema! I cannot do this myself, and that is the reason why I admire those who can regardless of their age or experience.

Congratulations to your son for having won in his school's art competition. That's just swell :)

It's my pleasure KJS! You're in the cusp of what could be an enchanting life and I trust you'll treasure every experience, including what may seem to be unpleasant at first.

Morgan Freeman is among my favorite actors. I shall visit your site shortly.

Thanks and enjoy NYC!

Yes, Jase, you are right! I'm sure the experience will instill fond memories to everyone who participated -- win or lose.

I'm really amazed at the many talented young people we have. I think it's fantastic :)

September 06, 2006 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Let's hope that Pinas will win this competition!


September 06, 2006 5:01 PM  

Blogger ipanema said...

Thanks Eric. He saw this and his favourite is the fish. :) He said it's beautiful.

September 06, 2006 5:13 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, Kyels, I'm rooting for the same :)

That's wonderful, Ipanema. I will try to post future entries that you can share with your children as Niceheart also had done. Hopefully, such posts would instill some pride in them for their fellow Pinoy kids here in Manila :)

September 06, 2006 6:00 PM  

Blogger nina said...

sept. 7? that will be tomorrow aight? awww..hope 'pinas gets to set the new record.. this is really much nicer than the other guiness records pinas already had. *winks..

September 06, 2006 7:41 PM  

Blogger ladybug said...

Good luck to the participants! :-) like ipanema's son, I also like the fish..very colorful :-)

September 06, 2006 7:53 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Major Tom shares your sentiments, Yanin. Winning a world record in something artsy as this is indeed more fabulous than the longest bangus grilling record or something :)

Yes, Ladybug, this fish painting is nice, but there are many more that are simply incredible. We do have many talents in Manila :)

September 06, 2006 8:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I wish the Philippines will win this... :) Thanks for dropping by my site. I looooove your layout :)

September 06, 2006 8:21 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks fo stopping by, as well, Camcura!

I'm linking your post to the entry I'm composing now :)

September 06, 2006 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The paintings are in many rolled of canvas as collected from Different Regions in the Philippines. This was happened last October 16, 2006 Spearheaded by the SM North EDSA and other SM City malls in the country , parks and BFAR regional Offices. Thanks to the humble support of BFAR. This will be a big revelation in March 21, 2009 as the UN is celebrating the Earth Day Bell Ringing (A privilage to our UN Ambassador of the Philippines). The adjucator fom GWR will be coming soon to see the final sewing and finishing touches of the Painting. As the Art Miles. Org headed by Ms. Joanne and Mr. Fuoad Tawfilis the Philippines' Longest Painting will be finally save, and to be lead on the Grand Celebration of of International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World by UNESCO on September 21, 2010 in Egypt. The painting is not just a fun World Record attempt to get the title but also the the real meaning of advocacy to World Peace and our fearing climate change that we are experienceing. Your support by promoting of the existing of the painting is now really needed your all kind of help, in all kind of form to send. Please send your intension to The painting might reach more than the 7 kilometers beyond the world records. The House (museum) need to be build soon for the benefit of our children's children in coming millenia. Thank you for all the people and participants behind this silent project. We are silent not to catch any political fisherman. But we will be very loud soon because the time has come to save our Mother Earth.

July 21, 2008 7:16 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I am willing to lend support in this wonderful project, Anonymous. Please keep us all posted. Thank you!

July 22, 2008 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Rollie deLeon said...

To all Bloggers on this page,
I am very much positive that the world record is really in our country even not yet been declared by GWR authority. This April 22, 2010 The souther Tagalog region painting (part of the Longest painting) which has a measurement of 188 meters will be up for the public at the Capitol compund in Batangas City in celebration of Earth Day. This is the day the longest painting will launch its final seeming to make it a continuous canvas as preparing starting On June to August 2010 at the Philippine Port Authority Building in Batangas City. The painting will be bring to Cairo, Egypt to lead with other International murals around the world to culminates the 2001-2010: International decade for culture of Peace and Non-violence of the World. To all of suporters and fans of this world treasure, you may track the symbol of Peace and Environment at the Batangas Capitol province compund. Happy Earth Day!!!

for feedback :)

March 07, 2010 7:05 PM  

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