Bayambang’s St. Vincent Ferrer statue draws devotees

THE Guinness World Record holder 51-meter-tall Saint Vincent Ferrer statue in Barangay Bani here continues to draw devotees since it was unveiled on April 5 this year.

Fr. Carmelo Carreon, director of St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park, said the visitors average 750 people on weekdays and 1,200 on weekends. (The number of visitors reached 4,500 daily on November 1 and 2).

Carreon noted that foreign tourist arrivals is also growing.

The statue, a Guinness World Record as the world’s tallest supported bamboo structure, was unveiled during celebration of town’s 405th founding anniversary and the 400th year of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish.

The St. Vincent Ferrer prayer park’s bamboo chapel, Jesus Way to Resurrection statues, meditation gardens, among others, will be opened to the public on Nov.23.

The construction of the park was funded by the Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation Inc., conceptualized by Mayor Cezar Quiambao and his wife Niña Jose. (Helen Martin)

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