Guinness World Record rep to witness Cove Manila's balloon drop event

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) — The Cove Manila nightclub will push through with its record attempt to drop the largest number of balloons, since a Guinness World Record official will be there to observe them.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines, Cove Manila's management said the Guinness World Records gave them the license to break the world record of the largest balloon drop.

The official website of the Guinness World Records states that it no longer monitors events which may prove detrimental to the environment.

Cove Manila claimed that the Guinness representative is already in the country to witness the event.

The record attempt had been met with criticism from various environmental advocates saying it poses a threat to the environment and may damage ecosystems due to the waste.

Organizers said the guests will not be allowed to take balloons outside the venue, as those will be stored and donated to a non-governmental organization in order to be recycled into school chairs.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it would inform Okada Manila to stop the balloon drop.

In an earlier statement, Cove Manila defended the event, saying it was not a "whimsical effort to just 'play' with thousands of balloons."

"It is an earnest effort not only to make a new world record for the country, but also to demonstrate that we can have a lot of fun but still remain responsible. Firstly, the balloons are biodegradable. Secondly, the balloon drop has been planned with solid environmental management protocols in place to minimize, if not eliminate, any possible impact on the environment. And thirdly, we are recycling all the balloons and creatively turning them into something useful," it said.

The record attempt will happen on New Year's Eve.