In commemoration of Bayambang’s 405th Founding Anniversary, the 400th year of the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, as well as the 600th Death Anniversary of St. Vincent Ferrer himself, a gigantic statue of the saint was erected in the St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park last April 5, 2019.
St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park Entrance Fee and Parking
♦ Entrance Fee: Free (No Entrance Fee)
♦ Parking Fee: Php. 20 / Car
St. Vincent Ferrer Statue
The St. Vincent Ferrer Statue is a colossal bamboo statue in the town of Bayambang in Pangasinan, Philippines. The sculpture of Saint Vincent Ferrer has reached a momentous height of 50.23 m (164 ft 9 in). It has been recognized as the “Tallest Bamboo Sculpture” in the world, by Guinness World Records, last April 5, 2019.
The St. Vincent Ferrer Statue dedicates to St. Vincent Ferrer, a venerated saint in Roman Catholicism who also serves as the patron saint of Bayambang. St. Vincent Ferrer was a Valencian Dominican friar and preacher who gained acclaim as a missionary and a logician. He is honored as a saint of the Catholic Church and other churches of Catholic traditions.
The statue is made of steel frames and engineered bamboo panels. The design of the sculpture was done through 3D polygon technology. Measuring 164 feet and 9.56 inches, it is said that the statue is taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York (which statue itself stands at 151 feet) and Christ the Redeemer of Brazil (which stands at 98 feet).
When you see the statue, you will surely be amazed at how tall and how the statue was constructed.
The Construction of St. Vincent Ferrer Statue
The groundbreaking ceremony for the whole St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park, the site of the statue took place on June 20, 2018. The construction of the St. Vincent Ferrer Statue took around ten months and involved 608 men and a woman. The prayer park project including the statue is privately funded by the Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation.
In particular, 60 tons of engineered bamboo and 600 tons of steel were used to build the statue. The detailed design of the statue was made by JQS Builders through 3D polygon technology. And the steelworks fabrication and design were made by Far East Industrial Supply & Co. and by the RAA Architects Engineers and Consultants. Covered with 22,626 bamboo panels, the statue lacks curvatures and consists of around 5,000 polygons, with the construction of the statue’s head depicting the saint’s curly hair with around 700 polygons being the most tedious.
Saint Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park
Saint Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park is located at Brgy. Bani, Bayambang, Pangasinan, Philippines. The Prayer Park serves as a pilgrimage site intended for prayer, healing, and spiritual renewal. Aside from the colossal bamboo statue of St. Vincent Ferrer, the prayer park is also equipped with a chapel. The exterior and interior design of the chapel is very beautiful, clean, and organized. It is very quiet inside the chapel, a perfect place for contemplation and serenity. The park is also equipped with strategically placed Stations of the Cross. The whole park is also beautifully landscaped. There are food establishments available inside the park where you can buy snacks and refreshments.
Inauguration of Saint Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park
An adjudication was held on the morning of April 5, 2019, to determine the actual height of the statue by Guinness World Records and confirm its world record claim. The whole prayer park was inaugurated and opened to the public at night on the same day where the St. Vincent Ferrer Statue was declared the world’s tallest bamboo statue.
The official height of 50.23 meters (164.8 ft) was confirmed by Guinness World Records by Swapnil Dangarikar, an adjudicator from India. This value includes the statue and its base; the statue figure is 42 m without its base.
The whole prayer park was inaugurated and opened to the public at night on the same day where the St. Vincent Ferrer Statue was declared the world’s tallest bamboo statue.
How to get to Saint Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park
♦ From Dagupan City, ride a bus going to Bayambang. Tell the driver to drop you off at the police station.
♦ From the police station, ride a tricycle going to the Saint Vincent Prayer Park.