UST sets Guinness record for largest human cross

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Posted at Aug 15 2011 05:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2011 06:33 PM

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UST now holds the Guinness World Record for the largest human cross. Photo courtesy of UST

MANILA, Philippines - The human cross formed by students and teachers of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) last March was declared the largest in the world by the Guinness World Records (GWR).

UST received a certificate bearing the GWR seal last August 10.

It read, "The largest human cross was achieved by 13,266 participants at an event organized by the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines) in Manila, Philippines, on 9 March 2011."

In a letter to the UST Office of Public Affairs, GWR said, "We are pleased to confirm that you have successfully set the new Guinness World Records title for 'Largest Human Cross.' Guinness World Records Congratulates you on your achievement."

The record was previously held by a red cross formed by 935 participants at the Oslo Opera House in Norway.

Students and teachers of UST formed a large human cross last March 9 to observe Ash Wednesday. Priests and ministers mark the foreheads of parishioners with black ashes in the shape of a cross on Ash Wednesday to show repentance before God.

"The iconic black and white cross symbolizes the UST's Catholic and Dominican identity which has stamped Philippine history and Christian growth for 4 centuries now. The Ash Wednesday event was also meant as the university's affirmation of life," UST said in a statement.

UST, which celebrates its quadricentennial anniversary this year, is Asia's oldest Catholic university.