MANILA (UPDATE) - Cove Manila's supposed 130,000-balloon drop on New Year's Eve has drawn outrage from netizens for being environmentally unsustainable.
In a Facebook post, the indoor beach club and nightclub invited the public for a "record-breaking welcome to 2019."
It has been peppered with comments criticizing the event and calling for organizers to not push through. The protest has even spurred the hashtag #DropBalloonDrop.
Addressing the public's concern, Cove Manila said the balloon drop will be held inside its dome.
"Rest assured though that the property is consistently following the Local Government Unit’s waste disposal guidelines and we’ll apply the same for our upcoming NYE2019 event," it said.
Climate Reality Project Philippines, however, remained unconvinced and said the activity was "wasteful, unsustainable and ecologically apathetic."
"All of these balloons, if not recycled, will end up as waste in landfills and other areas which will harm wildlife, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and even clog sewage systems, among others," it said.
In a statement, Cove Manila said the event was not a "whimsical effort" but "an earnest effort not only to make a new world record for the country, but also to demonstrate that we can have a lot of fun but still remain responsible."
"Firstly, the balloons are biodegradable. Secondly, the balloon drop has been planned with solid environmental management protocols in place to minimize, if not eliminate, any possible impact on the environment," it said.
"And thirdly, we are recycling all the balloons and creatively turning them into something useful."
Netizens pointed out that world-record body Guinness Book of World Records does not recognize the release of party balloons and sky lanterns, among others, due to their impact on the environment.