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Philippines claims world record for longest line of pencils

Nov 05. 2016
Filipino children form a line using pencils during the One Million Pencil Campaign Project and Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the longest line of pencils as SM by the Bay, Pasay City, south of Manila, the Philippines on November 5.
Filipino children form a line using pencils during the One Million Pencil Campaign Project and Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the longest line of pencils as SM by the Bay, Pasay City, south of Manila, the Philippines on November 5.
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By European Pressphoto Agency

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Manila - The Philippines on Saturday claimed to have set a new world record for forming the longest line of pencils during an event promoting the right of all children to a basic education. Hundreds of children gathered early Saturday morning at the SM by the Bay leisure park in Metro Manila to take part in the record attempt, an epa journalist on the scene reports.

Each participant then held four pencils to form a giant line measuring 837.6 meters, which organizers claimed constituted a new world record, though this has not been officially confirmed.

The event was organized as part of the "One Million Lapis" campaign, spearheaded by the Council for the Welfare of Children in coordination with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls.

The campaign has sought to promote "writing as a basic right" and has been collecting pencils that will be given to elementary school students who don't have access to necessary supplies. More than 3.1 million pencils were reportedly donated during the campaign, many of which were used at the event on Saturday before they were due to be distributed among underprivileged children.

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