Ayala runway models break world record


Ayala Malls on the upswing. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Milan, Paris, London, New York and… Manila. It’s hardly the center of the fashion world but more than 2,000 models have taken to the catwalk in a Makati shopping mall to claim a new world record.

A total of 2,255 men, women and children, from strutting seasoned professionals to stumbling first-timers, took part in the record for the most models to walk down the runway at a single event.

They queued in unglamorous surroundings late Thursday, hemmed in by metal railings, to take their turn on the catwalk at the renovated Ayala Mall during a fashion event that lasted several hours.

And a Guinness World Records adjudicator later certified that the attempt had beaten the previous record of 1,957 models set in Istanbul in May, according to a statement from real estate agent Ayala Land Inc.

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  • Krizz Ibarra

    wow. such a pointless frivolous record.

    • Jose Miguel Garcia

      We have not bothered to dig our records and show them to the world how, those among us in the defense forces of a newly born nation in 1898, defended our nation without help from any other nation against the invasion shortly thereafter by the aggressor forces of the north americans of the United States- the most powerful nation in the world.  We have never bothered to dig our records and show them to the world how we sustained those defenses so potently for years that the U.S. Armed Forces had to resort to massive hostage taking and extermination of the civilians among us to compel those of the defense forces among us to give in to their demand for us to surrender to them.  This was how our original defense forces acted.  This was the original status of soldiers among us.

      Yet, it is this frivolousness that we spend so much energies and effort.  We are reinforcing and perpetuating theatrical shallowness as the center of our national life.  

      No wonder we have become so concerned with Hollywood-like drama of chinese possession and control of our seas and peripheral territories like Panatag Shoal and Spratlys and how to heroically defend them.  But it is our north americans of the United States invaders that we are banking on to defend those territories for us against the chinese invaders.

      No wonder we have become theatrically concerned with chinese possession and control of our seas and peripheral territories like the aforementioned, and how to heroically defend them.  But we are not doing anything about the chinese creeping invasion of our lands and displacing us filipinos here, in our main home archipelago.  We are not doing anything but instead are even providing legal and physical protection to these chinese who have been destroying our marine environment, minning our precious lands, cutting our trees in Aurora, Tagaytay, and Baguio, and taking over control of our economic, political, defense, and educational system.

      No wonder we are so proud to be fun but do not care to be substantial.

      But we can change the course of our development.  All we have to do is to recover our original course.


      • kenjigraphics

        I agree with most of what you said until you mentioned the U.S. as being the “most powerful nation in the world” in 1898. It was far from it. The U.S. did not even have a big enough navy during that time. The U.S. was still an “non-interventionist” country up until the Spanish-American War. The Filipinos were actually in disunity over their differing factions. There was no united Philippines. Every region could have been its own country. In essence, the Philippines was open for a foreign invasion. After the Spanish-American War, if the U.S. did not took over the Philippines, it would have been the Europeans: the British, the Germans, or even the Dutch. Plus, Filipino “leaders” were extremely selfish. Take Aguinaldo for instance, he was bought! The man took off for Hong Kong during the midst of the Filipino’s war for independence against Spain. Rizal wanted to collaborate with the colonizers through “reforms” and “representation”. The elites, the principales, the Church, the Filipino hacienderos were the primary cause of the Philippine decline. They collaborated with the invaders. They were self-serving and self-righteous, and they grew rich. The Cojuancos, the Quezons, the Osmenas, the Laurels, the Roxases! Such was our history. DON’T LOOK AT THE PAST FOR ANSWERS. SEEK FOR IT IN THE PRESENT. The Philippines’s past is a mirage. It tricks Filipinos who doesn’t read enough on its history–or even ponder for a bit about the Philippine history. What’s happening today, as you mentioned, the foreign possession of lands and resources has been happening for time immemorial. The culture itself is corrupted, even toxic. It garners colonial mentality, crab mentality, and whatever toxic mentality there is. You cannot find salvation from being nostalgic.

        Furthermore, the fact that we cannot afford to arm our pathetic navy and army is a financial fact. The Philippines is a developing country with a high population and low GDP. You cannot expect the government to immediately divert its social budget to the military. It would just be unwise and extremely economically dangerous. The answer then lies in our collective being. If only we are better educated–most of us cannot even differentiate the un-romanticized Filipino history from the romanticized “Pearl of the Orient”. Also, we have a modern version of a feudal society ruled by oligarchs, we have endemic gov’t corruption (obvious), high inequality and extremely low self-esteem (“everything Filipino is bad, everything foreign is good” mentality). I expect this change to happen over a couple of generations and only good quality, secular education is the answer.

      • Jose Miguel Garcia

        I agree with you that the United States in 1898 was far from being the most powerful nation in the world.  Instead:

        As reported from “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War”, by the 1890s, the U.S. Navy had ranked among the top five navies in the world, only.  “The Rise of America as a World Power, 1898-1919″ reports that after the Spanish-American War, the United States has been recognized by the nations of the world as a world power only.  According to John Ries and Mark Weber in their report on “The Fateful Year 1898: The United States Becomes an Imperial Power, “…the United States had, by the early 1890s, become the world’s leading agricultural and industrial nation. Along with its new status as an economic giant, the United States now found itself able to compete militarily in the international arena with the other great powers. It now had the economic muscle to permit it to engage successfully in foreign expansion or imperialism, the imposition of control over, and sometimes outright annexation of, overseas territory.”  Conservapedia reported that: “America’s capitalist economy grew rapidly, becoming the largest in the world by the 1870s.”

        From the aformentioned information, if the military system is the extension of the political system, and economic status which is at the top of the world is the muscle to support the build up of the military system which extends the political system, then the imperialist political system can be supported by the military system which can be built to the strength that could support the imperialist system.

      • Jose Miguel Garcia

        Nations of excellent development like the israelis, french, germans, japanese, and the vietnamese extol their glorious past which drove them to start again from scratch and recover their inheritance or just continue their glory.

        Physicians trace the history of their patients to identify the underlying cause of the present symptoms.

        It is the foreign invaders who abort the birth of awareness of the past of an occupied people.  For it is in the past where the occupied people realize their identity, inheritance, their link with each other, and the deviation from their original course before they were occupied.  For it is the birth of these awareness that would drive them to liberate themselves from the clutches of these invaders and recover what has been of the people before it was taken away from them.

      • kenjigraphics

        The only problem with your argument is that these countries ‘did’ have a past to look back. Filipinos, however, lacked the “glorious” historical basis for our “past”. Yeah, we did have “historical” acconts, but from whom? The Chinese? Antonio Pigafetta? The Spaniards? They paint a Philippines that is inferior to their civilizations. We did have tribesmen who killed foreigners and we have the “Pearl of the Orient” title until, WW2. But to what extent are any of these Filipinos? The Spanish made cathedrals, the Americans made monuments for public institutions. Even the Japanese helped the Philippines a little with its financial aids. The Filipino past is a fabrication of foreign literature. There is no past in that! They belittle the Filipinos! They wanted to “civilize us, Christianize us, enslave us, rape us, pillage our village, and destroyed our indigenous culture”. There is a great void in the Filipino past that can never be recovered. The culture has been corrupted by hundreds of years of imperialism on top of one another. Vietnam, as you mentioned, resisted because they were never penetrated by the French as heavily as Filipinos was by the American and Spaniards. The Israelis had a “past” because it was written in the Christian Bible. If not for the rise of Christianity in the West, there would never have been an Israel and the Jewish diaspora would have continued. There would never have been a “great” Germany had Arminius not betray Publius Quintilius Varus.
        In a way, Filipinos are like the Jews. Are they not? But, instead of being white, we are brown. Instead of having bankers and merchants, we have nurses and sailors. We were crushed by Spain and the US, just like how Jerusalem was crushed by Cyrus the Great of Persia. I know it is a horrendous comparison, because unlike the Jews, Filipinos never experienced the Holocaust. Nevertheless, the Filipino consciousness was never there. It was spawned by various propaganda pieces fit for a dictatorship. Yes, under the US we had a fairly good economy, but were we free? Was it really democracy when only a little more than 1% can vote in the first election in the Philippines in 1907.Was it really glorious that we were treated like dogs and inferiors? Was the Philippines really rich under the American, when they control our economy and currency. Is it really glorious when our leaders themselves are collaborators and traitors–look at the principalias and the Japanese collaborators that who are ancestors of the dynastic politicians of today. Absolutely nothing in the known Philippine history is originally Filipino. It is a shame, really. We seek for the fabled glory and we find bits of this and that, but it accounts to nothing. We have been ravaged by our corrupted culture. Look at the inequality. Since time immemorial, there have been illegal settlers, we have been the slaves of datus, or we have been slaves by the Spanish. We have to start anew, my friend. The Filipino past is nothing but a horrendous catastrophe of a promise that was never fulfilled. So the promise has gone bad. It expired, and we are experiencing the decay. Some of us still believe in the Filipino past. I don’t.

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