|Jacque Ruby, organizer and COO of Discovery-ACCESS, receives the Guinness Certificate from Turath Alsaraf, adjudicator of Guinness Book of Records. With him are members of Walang Iwanan team and Bounce Back team, who posted a new Guinness world record for the longest Marathon Playing Basketball in120:01:49.0 at the Meralco gym on Ortigas. JOEY MENDOZA JR.|
History has been made at the Meralco Gym in Pasig as the Philippines' Basketball Marathon has officially been certified as the new Guinness World Record for the longest game of basketball.
Two teams, each with 12 players, set the new record at 120 hours, one minute and seven seconds. By playing under strict conditions since Monday, March 24, they beat the previous record of 112 hours and 13 seconds which was held by the Missouri Athletics Club in the United States.
A Guinness World Records adjudicator arrived on Friday and evaluated extensive footage and evidence of the record attempt before officially certifying the record on Saturday.
Entering their names in the Guinness World Records are the 24-strong cast composed of Larry Macapanpan, Owen Mabaga, Robbie Dell Macatbag, John Ray Mappala, Sandy Cenal, Abraham Compuesto III, Evan Lazana, Carlo Ferdinand Vasquez, Helino Francisco Jr., Kerr Bangeles, Harold Lomtong, Luis Jay Volante, Santos Tominio, Justo Quita Jr., Hazel Foja, Robert Clark Bear, Paul Michael dela Peña, Adin Rome Santos, Renell Montecillo, Jopet Quiro, lady baller Maricar Convencido and American participants Tony Tatar, Chuck Williams and Jeffrey Moore.
Team Bounce Back beat Team Walang Iwanan, 16,783-16,732, with the winning, the losing and the combined scores all way above the Missouri marks.
Organizer and Asian Cable Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Ruby said the biggest achievement was being able to generate funds for the victims of the typhoon.
Part of the aim of the basketball marathon was to raise funds through crowd sourcing for a charitable organization responsible for building houses for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the central Philippines. Organizers estimated at least three million pesos (67000 USD) worth of pledges and support had been raised by this event.
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