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Dancers help with project to raise money for disabled Filipino children

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In an attempt to raise more money, this group has traveled to East Texas for the first time. In an attempt to raise more money, this group has traveled to East Texas for the first time.
More than 100 East Texas dancers will help these health professionals attempt to set the world record. More than 100 East Texas dancers will help these health professionals attempt to set the world record.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

In an effort to help hundreds of disabled children in the Philippines, a group of East Texans will be attempting to set a Guinness World Record. A group of health professionals have traveled to Tyler from the Philippines to join them where they will be dancing a native Filipino dance to raise money for the children there.

"It's very difficultbecause, you know, it makes you so breathless. You know, dancing it for just fiveminutes is no joke," said Dr. RamonaPablo-Santos from the Philippines.

More than 100 East Texas dancers will helpthese health professionals attempt to set the world record.

"The Guinness World Record only needed 250 people simultaneously doing the dance for fiveminutes," Pablo-Santos said.

While some have the job of clapping thebamboo poles together, others say their job is a bit more challenging.

"The trick here isnot to get your feet caught in between the poles because the force is enough tobreak your bones," Pablo-Santos said.

While this may be dangerous for thedancers they say it's worth it. This is all for the Children With Disabilities Project in the Philippines.

"We have 93 millionhouseholds in the Philippines; two percent of those have people withdisabilities living there," said Dr. Maria CeciliaLicuan from the Philippines. "Of the two percent there are 30 percent of them that areless than the age of 21."

This group spends their time helpingchildren with physical, speech, and occupational therapy, and educational needs.

"The project itselfhas different facets; one of the plans is to put up a facility and we need toraise 30 million pesos [about $750,000]," Licuan said.

In an attempt to raise more money, thisgroup has traveled to East Texas for the first time.

"You get to raisefunds and then you get to develop this sense of community, and it's what I've beenseeing over the few days that I've been here," said Pablo-Santos.

"The people here are very friendly. We met the mayor thismorning. It's quiet, clean, beautiful place," Licuan said.

The 360 dancers will attempt to set the world-record this Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 a.m.

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