The Guinness World Record for the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles has officially been broken by a Filipina, Gina Gil Lacuna. Lacuna surpassed the record previously held by Brazil's Luiza Figueiredo, who reigned for two years , when officials certified her on Thursday. Luiza Figueiredo (Brazil) has a collection of 238 different sets of jigsaw puzzles, as of 21 May 2010, that she has amassed since 1967.
When she started doing Mickey Mouse, she knew that she wanted to do something truly memorable so that people will remember her for a long time. Twenty-six years of hardwork plus 1,028 collection of jigsaw puzzles made Ms. Lacuna covet the title of having the world's largest collection worldwide. Lacuna’s discipline has impressed Guinness World Records Adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici of Turkey.
The puzzles form pictures of religious figures, animals and landscapes, and even Philippine President Benigno Aquino, with the largest containing over 18,000 pieces. They range from mural-sized classic paintings and custom-made photos to toy-like wooden figures and miniature replicas of cities.
Her completed puzzles are housed at the Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay. See more pictures here.
Lacuna told visitors at the awarding ceremony that she is determined to finish her almost 32,000-piece puzzle Keith Haring Double Retrospect set by February next year. Measuring 17 feet tall and 6 feet wide, it is believed to be the biggest puzzle and so Ms. Lacuna is hopeful that it would be another feather in her cap soon.
You may view the puzzle collection at The Puzzle Mansion from 8:00am to 7:00pm daily. For more details on the puzzle collection and The Puzzle Mansion, you may visit http://www.facebook.com/puzzlemansion