The DLSU-D community is setting to break the record for World’s Largest Umbrella Mosaic set by China in 2016 by mobilizing close to 6,000 Lasallians in forming the image of St. John Baptist de La Salle at the DLSU-D Grandstand.
Amid the sweltering heat, Lasallians gathered at the venue to take their place in history and support the record attempt for a cause. The project, spearheaded by the University Advancement Office (UAO) is a fund raising drive to support the One La Salle Scholarship Endowment Fund.
According to UAO Director Marco M. Polo, Lasallians all around the world will conduct their own human formations of the image of St. La Salle as part of the Humans of St. La Salle initiative to celebrate the Father Founder’s 300th death anniversary. However, DLSU-D’s version includes an attempt to break the world record to make the event more exciting.
The UAO Director explained that while there will be no representative from Guinness Book of World Records on hand to verify the record because of the cost, the University will be submitting all the necessary documents to certify the record. This includes photos, videos, statement of independent witnesses as well as other materials to support the record attempt.
Meanwhile, in his opening message for the Feast Day of St. La Salle, University President Br. Gus Boquer, FSC implored Lasallians to reflect on their role in preserving the legacy of the Father Founder and appreciate the meaning of Lasallian education in nation building.
“To the faculty members who are here, you are a special gift from God. Use your gifts well as you teach minds, touch hearts and transform lives. And to you our dear students, embrace the education being given to you as something that no one can take away from you. It is something that you can share in making life much better for others,” he said.
“We face challenges but we face them with integrity and dignity. Most important is to know that with the education we have been given, we are now persons who can think analytically and critically and do something with this education as you make choices and decisions,” he added.
The Brother President added that in the history of mankind, every human being has to make a choice and he or she also has to be a person of change. Most importantly, he reminded the event participants that whenever they want to see a change in society, the change must always begin with themselves.
“That is what Lasallian education is all about and what today is about. We celebrate 300 years of the death of our founder with a pledge to serve him well, building more structures, more opportunities, especially with the poorest of the poor and that would always be our commitment,” he said.
Photos courtesy of: Ohsie Austria, ICTC
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