Pinay breaks Guinness World Record for jigsaw puzzle collectionPosted on November 30th, 2012 under We are Pinoys!
Gina Gil Lacuna [via Helsingin Sanomat]
The Guinness World Record for the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles has officially been broken by Gina Gil Lacuna, a Filipina.
Lacuna surpassed the record previously held by Brazil’s Luiza Figueiredo, who reigned for two years, when officials certified her on Thursday.
With 1,028 puzzles in her collection, Lacuna, a retired businesswoman, was hailed as the new title holder through the size of her collection, which eclipsed the old record five fold.
“I started doing puzzles when I got to Hong Kong 26 years ago,” said Lacuna, who solved a 5000-piece Disney set for her son, Gino. “Doing puzzles is not easy, that’s why I don’t get any help!”
All of her completed puzzles are housed at the Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay. They range from mural-sized classic paintings and custom-made photos to toy-like wooden figures and miniature replicas of cities.
“According to doctors, working on difficult jigsaw puzzles exercises the brain,” said Lacuna in an earlier press release. “The more you work your brain, the better off your mind will be.”
An upcoming addition to her collection is an almost 32,000-piece puzzle measuring 17 feet tall and 6 feet wide: a Keith Haring Double Retrospect set, believed to be the biggest in existence today.
“I want to finish that by February next year,” Lacuna told visitors at the awarding ceremony at the Puzzle Mansion.
Lacuna’s discipline has impressed Guinness World Records Adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici of Turkey. She allots three to four hours each day to work on her puzzles, finishing one to five of them at a time.
“She is strict in following her own rules, and I like people like her,” said Gemici, who is on her fifth assignment for Guinness in the Philippines.
(Story courtesy of ROEHL NIÑO BAUTISTA, GMA NEWS)