Monday, June 13, 2011
Giant Israeli flag breaks world record for largest in world
An Aerial view of the Israeli flag on the ground at the Masada airfield.
Filipino entrepreneur and evangelical Christian Grace Galindez-Gupana said she produced flag to show love for Israel.
Beneath the ancient Jewish desert strongpoint of Masada, the world's largest flag was unfurled Sunday, covering a large stretch of sandy hinterland.
The huge blue and white Israeli flag, 660 meters (2,165 feet) long and 100meters (330 feet) wide and weighing 5.2 metric tons, breaks the record for the world's largest, according to the Tourism Ministry.
It was measured by representatives for the Guinness Book of Records.
Filipino entrepreneur and evangelical Christian Grace Galindez-Gupana said she decided two years ago to produce a giant Israeli flag as a testament to her love for Israel and the Jewish people, and as a celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Israel.
"God spoke to me in thunder and lightening," Galindez-Gupana said. "The Lord said, 'Make the flag of Israel, the standard of my people.'"
"This is a tall order," she said, as she broke down in tears.
The record-breaking Israeli flag was accompanied by a giant Philippines flag - huge, but not quite as big. It weighed only about 3.8 metric tons.
Large stones anchored both flags as they billowed in the desert winds.
"They were made in the Philippines and shipped to Israel days ago," said Daniel Rozen, spokesman for Living Stone Ministries, a group that helped bring the flags to Israel.
"There are about 31,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are foreign workers," said Gilberto Asuque, consul general of the Philippine Embassy in Israel.
"This flag expresses the friendship between the Philippines and the state of Israel, and also the friendship between Jewish and Christian communities," said Shaul Zemach, director of the Tourism Ministry.
Giant Flag Unfurled in Israel Sets New World Record
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A Gift From The Philippines - The World's Largest Flag of Israel
Commemorating 50 years of relations between the Philippines and Israel, two flags of Israel and the Philippines are currently competing as contenders for the Guiness Book of Records. Each the size of two football fields. The project was initiated by a businesswoman and nun from the Philippines, Sister Grace Galindez-Gupana. The flags were airlifted from the Philippines and were unrolled and measured at the foot of the Massada.