Philippines Holds Guinness Record For 'World's Biggest Secret Santa'

Globe Telecom in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), brought a new Guinness record to the country as the collaboration for the attempt to break the record for the World's Biggest Secret Santa gathering also known as "Kris Kringle" was successfully achieved today, December 18, 2011, Philippine standard time.

The big event which was participated in by Filipino families and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) across the four countries including Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong became a big accomplishment after surpassing the current record with an outstanding 3,500 OFW families who partook in the said event.  

United Kingdom was the current Guinness record holder of  the “kris kringle” with 1,562 participants only which was dethroned now by the Philippines. 

Prior to the event, Ms. Rizza Maniego Eala, group head for International Business of Globe Telecom said “The project was made because many of them have been away from their families for several years so thought of a simple, yet meaningful way to bond, stay connected to loved ones in the Philippines and celebrate Christmas even from thousands of miles away.”

Globe Telecom received the Guinness World Record certificate  after representatives from Guinness Book of World Records finally verified the official count.

Memorable pictures in the said event are shown below:

Sources:, Manila Bulletin, Globe Telecom Facebook, Globe Telecom Twitter

18 Responses so far.

  1. kay says:

    Galing! Nakakatuwa naman!

  2. Wow! Another record! Hands up!

  3. Great! Congrats Pinoy!

  4. Congratulations to Globe Telecom, OWWA and the participants. I am happy to hear of such record.
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  5. michi says:

    congrats to us!

  6. Proud to be Pinoy!!! hehe Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. That's so totally awesome!

    Congrats guys! You did it!!! Have a great christmas!

  8. Ahahahaha this is so funny! Congrats Pinoys all over the world! :)) YAY!

  9. Simurgh says:

    record holder! wow!
    merry christmas!!! ;)

  10. What is this Secret Santa Game? Is this similar with Manito-manita Christmas gift-exchange? I don't understand or get the rationale of this Globe sponsored game!!!

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  11. Another Points for the Philippines

  12. Hazel says:

    Nice tugging at the heartstrings of OFWs. Congratulations to Pinas.

  13. Julie. -- says:

    Yey! These kind of accomplishments are one of the reasons why us, the OFWs, continue to strive and work hard despite of the homesickness.

  14. dropping by again..

    btw followed NB and joined GFC as well..


  15. Secret Santa or Kris Kringle is a traditional gathering where people exchange gifts by raffling all the participants and giving gifts to the one you drawn out. So it's like receiving a gift from someone whom you do not know!

  16. This is so nice! :D

  17. germz says:

    mmmh. quite confused with the "Biggest Secret Santa". sorry to be really literally because after reading it, i went straight to the pictures to see the biggest santa. well, i guess it's the secret gift from Santa. Congratulations.

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