ARLINGTON, Texas - A group of East Texans who in September 2012 set the Guinness World Record for "most people making spring rolls simultaneously" last month attempted to make another Guinness World Record.
This time, participants were on their feet, dancing "tinikling", one of the most well-known traditional Filipino dances that makes use of bamboo poles.
The event brought people from the Philippines and all over the United States to the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The attempt, for a newly approved Guinness World Record category, was to have the most individuals perform the "tinikling" dance simultaneously.
There were 344 performers who participated, exceeding the Guinness requirement of 250 dancers.
This is the second Guinness World Record attempt by the East Texas charity group Team Ross, done in collaboration with De La Salle Health Sciences Physical Therapy alumni.
Evidence will be submitted to the Guinness Headquarters in London by the end of this week. An official announcement should be received in 6-8 weeks.
All proceeds from the event were donated to Haiyan survivors and to the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI), a 501c(3) organization which is building a facility, the Center for Children with Disabilities (CWD), which provides rehabilitation and health services to underserved children with disabilities.
Over 500 tickets to the event were sold, helping raise over $2,100 for Haiyan relief. To date, over $10,000 were pledged and collected to benefit the Center for Children with Disabilties building fund.
"This was truly a collaborative effort with so many groups and individuals making it possible... We hope that through this event, people worldwide have become more aware of this underserved group of children and more familiar with the rich Filipino culture, while having great family fun at the same time,” said Alfred Llave, a Team Ross co-founder and La Salle PT alumnus.
"While being part of the Tinikling dance was fun and exciting, the best part of the whole experience was watching how strangers from different cultures became friends as they worked as a team to do the dance. I commend Team Ross for coming up with the concept of using family events to raise funds for a cause, strengthening the ties among friends, families, neighborhoods and entire communities in various parts of Texas," said Dr. Ramona Pablo Santos, Vice Chancellor for Academics, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute.
A souvenir program is being created to help raise more funds for the CWD building fund.
Tax-deductible donation pledges for advertisement spaces can be made at the Team Ross website.