To celebrate the New Year, Cove Manila had planned a “record-breaking welcome” for 2019. Their event planned to release 130,000 balloons at the strike of midnight, which would set a new world record for a balloon drop. However, this plan quickly earned the outrage of netizens for various reasons. (Read more about that here.)
Cove Manila has made several statements since then, firmly claiming that their event will not do any harm to the environment. Despite having defended themselves and explaining their precautions surrounding the event, though, more than 70,000 people signed a petition to cancel it. Cove Manila has since announced that they will no longer be pushing through with the event.
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Still, various photos have been circulating online, showing that the balloons have already been bought… so what will happen to them now?
Cove Manila has explained that the balloons are made of biodegradable latex and that they will be donated to a non-governmental organization after the event to be turned into school chairs.