AIMING to include itself in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) will stage a 24-hour, non-stop swimming marathon in Quezon City on December.

Dubbed Peace and Unity Swim, organizers expect the participation of around 6,000 swimmers, including students, parents, teachers, celebrities, athletes and representatives of various sectors nationwide.

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Through the leadership of its president-CEO, former senator Nikki Coseteng, DPS started the spadework last week for the construction of an 18.3 m swimming pool on its main campus well ahead of the staging of the event on December 10.

The DPS Swimming Center will be the venue of the activity, which aims to break the Guinness record currently held by Italy for the most number of swimmers in a swimming relay in a pool of the same length in 24 hours.

"The event has the dual purpose of bringing together Filipinos, regardless of beliefs and background, in a show of peace and unity at an important stage of our history while we hope to land in the Guinness Book," said Coseteng.

The advocacy swim will also serve as the formal launching of the DPS Swimming Center, which will include three pools - for toddlers, elementary graders and high school students.

Coseteng said swimming will be taught at all levels starting next school year under the supervision of the Philippine Swimming League and will be a major part of the school's sports program, which initially includes chess, taekwondo and basketball.

She said invitation is open to all swimmers - competitive, beginners or anybody who can swim without support. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)