Lucky Chinatown made history this Mid-Autumn as it set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the largest display of origami lanterns.
The new record was confirmed its festive awarding ceremony in Lucky Chinatown by GUINNESS adjudicator Christelle Betrong- Corlfetti rallied down while the lantern display forming the shape of a dragon soared above the cheering onlookers as the certificate was awarded to Lucky Chinatown representatives.
The giant display is composed of 19,999 origami lanterns display was custom-designed to look like a dragon as it symbolized power, strength and good luck in Chinese culture.
The choice of lanterns also proved timely as the momentous achievement was a grand kick-off for Lucky Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
Lanterns are a popular symbol of the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival, an iconic Chinese celebration marked by family reunions, the giving of mooncakes, and praying or wishing for a prosperous future.
To make the record attempt more meaningful, schools, organizations, families and shoppers were all invited to visit Lucky Chinatown to write their wish on an origami lantern – making each one a special Lantern of Hope.
“Each lantern of hope represents our dream for a brighter future; and it is our vision that the Lanterns of Hope Display not only set a new world record but will also be another artistic treasure of the Philippines’ Chinatown and a lasting symbol of all the good wishes of this community,” said Megaworld First Vice President and Commercial Division Head Kevin Tan.
“We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of enthusiasm as students and faculty wrote their wishes and created lanterns to help us reach this milestone. This was a true community effort,” said Tan.
The Lanterns of Hope Project was also another way for Lucky Chinatown to fulfill its vision of becoming both a lifestyle and cultural center for the area. As a heritage project of Megaworld charmian Dr. Andrew Tan, Lucky Chinatown is committed to preserving and Calebrating history, as it was envisioned to revive what is proudly the oldest Chinatown in the world.
Lanterns of Hope was created in partnership with History Channel, Origami Pilipinas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and Chinoy TV. Guests can continue to view the world’s largest display of origami lanterns at the Lucky Chinatown Atrium.
For more information on Lucky Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, please call the Lucky Chinatown Concierge at 576.8139.