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My exclusive report last June 10 on the proposed plan to build the world’s biggest sports dome in the Philippines has been confirmed by no less than a top official of the construction firm in charge of the multi-billion peso project.
Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. vice chair Kim Hyun-Chung recently announced that his company won the contract to build the 52-hectare multipurpose project located in barangay Duhat, Bocaue, Bulacan.
Aptly called The Philippine Arena, the estimated cost of completing the world-class project would be a staggering $175 million (roughly P8 billion). The modern complex is being built under the auspices of the Filipino Christian organization of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).
Said Kim: “By winning this contract for the building the world’s largest dome arena, our company was able to prove its technological capabilities and the ability to carry out overseas projects.”
Hanwha would be constructing the record-setting project in partnership with Populous led by noted structural design consultant Andrew James and Buro Happold headed by design director Chris Sparrow.
If constructed as planned, the 50,000 to 55,000-seat Philippine Arena would be twice as large as the fabled Araneta Coliseum (now the Smart Araneta Coiseum) in  Cubao which could sit 25,000. Also known as the Big Dome, the Araneta Coliseum was once widely accepted as the world’s biggest indoor sports venue when it was constructed way back in 1960.
When The Arena is finished, it would be bigger than some of the world’s biggest like New York City’s Madison Square Garden (20,000), Los Angeles’ Staples Center, which is home to multi-NBA champion team LA Lakers (21,000); and the O2 Arena in London (20,000).
The Philippine Arena owners have given the contractors to wind up the project by 2014, in time for the centennial celebration in July of the Iglesia ni Cristo, which commands tremendous followers not only here but also with members from around the world.
“The Arena,” stressed my source, “is being built not to make a profit. In fact, it is not even commercialized nor aimed at making money.”
On the contrary, the complex aims to establish itself as a wholesome gathering place for people and an entertainment venue for the whole family, serving as a venue for religious, cultural and sporting events. Besides, my source said, the Philippine Arena could help boost the country’s tourism industry.
Several prefabricated materials of international standards are being used in the construction of the complex, which includes a hospital and a university.
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Failing to act swiftly and decisively at the first sign of trouble, Frank Elizalde, the International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines, is now being blamed by many for the dispute between the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation.
Named to the powerful position on July 11, 1985 by former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, Elizalde should have used his clout and influence to remind the warring groups of the dire consequences of their disagreement in the Olympic Movement.
As the IOC’s eyes and ears in the Philippines, Eiizalde could have guided and brought the feuding parties to the conference before the problem became irresoluble. I’m afraid the controversy could very well take its toll on the morale and training of the athletes, especially those who are rigorously preparing for international tournaments such as this year’s Southeast Asian Games set this November in Indonesia.


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Tags: Bocaue , Bulacan , Duhat , Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. , Iglesia ni Cristo , Inc. , Philippines , Sports , The Philippine Arena

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IFBIBE2V6OQVVT3ZHJ2IA2YVSI Elle

    Inigo still manages to insert his paid PR writing regarding the IOC, POC and the PDBF. C’mon, Manolo. What’s demoralizing the PCKF DB team is the pressure they wont be able to meet up with the standards set by the Dragon Warriors.

  • Anonymous

    if Iglesia ni Cristo will compel all her members to donate 10 percent of their income, that would translate to billion dollar a year. they can buy anything they wanted.

    all materials in the world is owned by God. that is why they owning it. I don;t know what satan is thinking about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-Dela-Cruz/1048123469 Phil Dela Cruz

      Actually, There is no such thing as 10% fixed donation of members’ income within the INC. We only give whatever amount according to what our faith dictates. But the church cannot compel her members to donate 10% because that is against the will of God based on our faith. It should be up to what “one’s faith” dictate.

    • Kris Banate

      did you intend to make your statement conditional by using “IF”?  Does that mean aminado kang hindi ka sigurado sa pinagsasabi-sabi mo?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CL4FRNPBCY3KAFHCCB2BZTW63U mjerk

      hahaha..eh mahirap nga ang karamihang kaanib nito papaano makalipon ng billion dollar a year….malabo nga yan mangyari sa Simbahang Katoliko na maraming mamayan na matatawag nating mga generous at nakapagpatayo ng simbahan para ialay sa Inang Simbahan…I saw a lot of them sa lalawigan ko kahit halos wla nang makain basta may maibigay lang na abuloy sa panahon ng kanilang pagsamba….Sana’y gabayan ng Makapangyarihang DIYOS ang mga nalihis ng landas at patuloy nawa niyang biyayaan para hahaba pa ang kanilang buhay para may pagkakataon pa silang magbago ayon sa utos nyo Panginoo naming lahat! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVSSTQU7F3BITPKFTPVHNTCVK4 agent_888

    great!!!…it is nice to hear also if there one in Visayas and one Mindanao as big as this proposed dome in Bulacan…so that we can hold big events in Sports in either Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao…

  • Anonymous

    ang yaman naman ng INC? bakit ba sila mayaman?8billion? ang ganda naman ng negosyo nyan!

    • Anonymous

      Eh kasi naman hindi talaga puntirya nilang gamitin para sports and dome na yan!! Si Manol lang naman ang nagtatawag na ‘Sports Dome’ yan eh!!  Dome nga … pero para sa prayer eetings and world-wide religious gatherings and hostings ng INK for their year-long centennial yan eh!!! Tulad nyang Manol na yan, incorrect info na naman… Tulad nya… Sports writer daw.. eh hindi naman!!

      • Jonathan Rimando

        another loser, kwawa ka nmn kc dhil ung pari nyo lng nkikinabang sa abuloy nyo, kita mo tuloy pati utak mo cra na, hahah, imbecile

      • Anonymous

        ayos toh oh nababaliw na?

      • Anonymous

        Be clear and specific… wag tularan si Manol!!

      • Kris Banate

        BITTER!

      • Anonymous

        Bitter and true. The truth hurts!

    • http://profiles.google.com/sahaaaay jeak masterson

      naimbistigahan na matagal na ng FBI ang Iglesia, at lahat ng funds nila ay strictly nanggaling sa abuloy at walang nakitang kung ano mang anomalya. ganun lang talaga pag pinagpala. katunayan, binili ng INC ang isang simbahan sa Rome. kung kasing sigla lang ng mga miyembro niya ang mga INC, e mas di hamak na mas marami sana kayo napatayo. ang dami dami niyo sa buong mundo.

    • Anonymous

      HI, WE ARE INDEED RICH & YOU VERY WELL KNOW IT…RICH IN GOOD WORKS FOR THE LORD !!! THIS IS INDEED A GREAT MANIFESTATION OF OUR ALMIGHTY GOD THAT HE EXALTED THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO TO THE FULLEST FROM THE CHURCH’S HUMBLE BEGINNING. WE DO NOT GET ANY THING IN CASH OR IN KINDS FROM ANYBODY & OF ANY SORT OF DONATIONS AND YOU KNOW VERY WELL ALSO THAT’S EVERYTHING THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO HAS, COME FROM OUR OFFERINGS FROM THE HEARTS.  ARE YOU NOT WONDERING WHERE YOURS WENT … OR YOU’RE NOT EVEN DONATING ANYTHING AND YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO COMMENT :)  WE ARE PROUD WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO !!! WE LOVE YOU ALL BRETHREN AROUND THE GLOBE :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YXSP5VHM4JQOOQSP4JCLI4FOFQ jc Juanitez

      alin ang negosyo? be proud nalang at magkakaroon ang pilipinas ng world class structure, hirap sa pinoy crab mentality.

  • http://twitter.com/boymatiao isko daya

    Why blame Elizalde for the politician Cojungco’s fault? Weird. Blame Noynoy also for tolerating his irascible Uncle Peping.



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