Southwest China province boasts world’s highest bridge

UNTV News   •   September 23, 2019   •   211

China’s Beipanjiang Bridge, the highest bridge in the world, has connected two mountainous provinces in southwest China, which used to be difficult to access. Now people can admire the fascinating scenery while traveling.

The construction of the bridge, which opened on December 29, 2016 to connect Guizhou and Yunnan, involved many technological breakthroughs.

For this reason, it won the Gustav Lindenthal Medal, dubbed the “Nobel Prize for bridges”, at the 35th International Bridge Conference in May 2018.

Four months later, it was certified by the Guinness World Records.

The bridge deck sits 565 meters above the Beipanjiang River, after which the bridge is named.

Meanwhile, the four-lane roadway bridge spans 1,341 meters in length. The steel truss cable-stayed suspension bridge has a main span of 720 meters, currently the second longest in the world.

The bridge was the first to use the 500Mpa high-strength steel bars in its design, most commonly used in developed countries such as Europe and the U.S.

The bridge costs 1.03 billion yuan (over 140 million U.S. dollars) to build.

People now just need to spend over an hour to drive from Liupanshui City in Guizhou, to Xuanwei City in Yunnan. The time required in the past was more than four hours. (REUTERS)

Official video of the world’s largest gospel choir “Ang Dating Daan” chorale gains more than 85,000 views

admin   •   October 20, 2015

Screenshot of the official video of the world’s largest gospel choir “Ang Dating Daan” chorale posted on The Old Path's Youtube Channel.

Screenshot of the official video of the world’s largest gospel choir “Ang Dating Daan” chorale posted on The Old Path’s Youtube Channel.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The official video of the newest Guinness World Record of the world’s largest gospel choir “Ang Dating Daan” chorale has gained more than 85,000 views.

The 16-munite video was uploaded on Sunday, October 17.

Aside from the total number of views, it also gained more than 12,000 likes.

Because the video is continuously gaining popularity, it has also been uploaded on other online platforms and social media websites like 9-Gag, and on other online news portal such as The Strait Times, Panorama, The Seattle Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal and Yahoo News.

During the 35th anniversary of the religious program “Ang Dating Daan” on October 13, the Ang Dating Daan chorale has bagged the newest Guinness World Record for the largest gospel choir.

The full video will be viewed via The Old Path YouTube channel. (UNTV News)

MCGI Church Choir Bags Guinness World Record for Largest Gospel Choir

admin   •   October 13, 2015

Kuya Daniel Razon receives the plaque from Guinness World Record in behalf of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale for the new Largest Gospel Choir record. Guinness is represented by its adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.

Kuya Daniel Razon receives the plaque from Guinness World Record in behalf of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale for the new Largest Gospel Choir record. Guinness is represented by its adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.

ARANETA COLISEUM, QUEZON CITY – (12 October 2015) A church choir composed of 8,688 gospel singers rendering a total of 18 numbers in at least five languages and joined by others in 1,360 monitoring centers across the globe recently vied for the title, “Largest Gospel choir.”

The choir belonging to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) bagged a Guinness World Record title during the special 35th anniversary presentation of the program, Ang Dating Daan. “The Old Path” in English, the program is the longest running radio-television of its kind that started in 1980.

According to the GuinnessWorldRecords.com website, this category refers to “the largest number of people singing a gospel choir, properly conducted under concert conditions.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale opens the revelry with a majestic rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale opens the revelry with a majestic rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

The culmination of the Ang Dating Daan 35th anniversary is to celebrate through songs not only its broadcast milestones and global reach but more importantly the commitment of the program towards charity causes.

During the celebration, ten charitable institutions which shelter and support the handicapped and differently abled people were the guest of honors in the said event. Each group was gifted with P100k and thirty individuals were given P10K each. All invited physically challenged persons including their aides were given grocery items.

Charity had been at the core of Ang Dating Daan’s social responsibilities ever since its inception, and serenading the handicapped with songs that encourage and strengthen their faith was seen as the most fitting theme to pursue at the program’s 35th year.

Apart from the thousands of Ang Dating Daan Chorale members, persons with disabilities from different institutions also join the ADD in celebrating its 35 fruitful years.

Apart from the thousands of Ang Dating Daan Chorale members, persons with disabilities from different institutions also join the ADD in celebrating its 35 fruitful years.

Meanwhile, Guinness World Records Judge Fortuna Burke Melhem confirmed the success of MCGI’s record-breaking attempt the same day, indicating it recorded 8,688 gospel choir members in attendance. The tally of the attendance was validated by the external auditing firm, P&A Grant Thornton.

MCGI’s church choir, that sang at Smart-Araneta on October 12, 2015, rendered a total of 18 numbers, including medleys in different languages such as Tagalog, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahili. Swahili is a language widely used as a lingua franca in East Africa.

Joining the chorus at The Big Dome were MCGI choirs in more than 1,360 satellite-monitoring centers across the globe.

“Like what we always say, if we are able to do something, and if there is any glory attained, it is always for God – to God be the glory!” said Bro. Eli Soriano, host of The Old Path and the Overall Servant of MCGI.

The church leadership also expressed their gratitude to the Lord for The Old Path program’s three decades of broadcast, as well as to all those who attended the event.

"Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride," Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano shares before the immense Araneta crowd.

“Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride,” Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano shares before the immense Araneta crowd.

PHOTOS BY: Photoville International

— To GOD be the Glory!

Mindanao Development Authority, hangad na makapagtala ng Guiness World Record sa may pinakamaraming punong naitanim sa loob ng isang oras

admin   •   August 14, 2014

Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Luwalhati Antonino (Photoville International / Albert Alcain)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Nananawagan ang Mindanao Development Authority sa mga mamamayan sa Mindanao na makiisa sa malawakang tree planting activity sa September 26.

Target ng Mindanao Development Authority na makapagtanim ng 4.6 million na puno sa 228 sites sa 6 regions sa Mindanao sa ilalim ng proyektong Treevolution.

Layunin din ng tree planting activity na makapagtala ng Guinness World Record na may pinakamaraming naitanim na puno sa loob ng isang oras.

Hawak sa kasalukuyan ng bansang India ang world record na nagtanim ng isang milyong puno sa loob ng isang oras.

Ayon kay Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Luwalhati Antonino sa Setyembre 26 nakatakda ang tree planting activity na ang pangunahing layunin ay labanan ang epekto ng climate change.

Katuwang din ng Mindanao Development Authority ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources, mga provincial at municipal government maging ang mga PENRO o Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office at CENRO o Community Environment and Natural Resources Office sa buong Mindanao.

Tiwala si Secretary Antonino na sa tulong at pakikiisa ng lahat ng mga local government unit ng Mindanao ay maisasakatuparan ang kanilang layunin kabilang na ang makapagtala ng bagong world record.

“With the help of the LGUs, we have asked them to atleast plant 2,500 trees per municipality but others are saying they can do it easily and even exceeds the 2,500 and that’s for LGUs,” ani MINDA Sec. Luwalhati Antonino.

Sa mga interesadong makiisa sa Treevolution, maari kayong makipag-ugnayan sa lahat ng tanggapan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources sa buong Mindanao o kaya ay i-add ang Facebook account na www.facebook.com/mindanaotreevolution para sa karagdagang guidelines.

Una ng nagsagawa ng simulation tree planting activity ang MINDA at DENR sa paligid ng Davao International Airport. (LOUELL REQUILMAN / UNTV News)

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