Archive for Monday, February 12, 2007

6,000 couples lock lips to set kissing record

February 12, 2007

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— More than 6,000 couples kissed simultaneously at midnight Saturday in the Philippines with organizers of the event claiming to have set a world record.

Organizers of the annual pre-Valentine's Day celebration said they broke the record held by Hungary, where 5,875 couples kissed simultaneously in 2005 in Budapest.

"We broke the record; it's great," said Howard Belton, a Briton who spearheaded the event.

With fireworks, confetti, a giant TV screen and red balloons as the backdrop, couples locked lips and hugged for 10 seconds following a countdown outside a Manila mall.

An unofficial tally showed 6,124 couples kissed simultaneously, organizers said, but the number needs to be verified by an independent auditor and approved by Guinness World Record officials before it becomes a world record.

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