The Philippines is taking one giant step higher towards economic and industrial development through its latest architectural wonder in the form of a massive infrastructure. Hailed as the World’s Largest Indoor Multipurpose Arena, the Philippine Arena is the recent crowning jewel that will put the Philippines to industrial stardom.
The impressive half-bowl steel mammoth’s design is inspired by the country’s national tree, the Narra, with intricacies taken from its native’s traditional nipa hut roofing. Its overall aesthetics were so tediously well-planned and detailed from its largest beam down to the last nail, this tenacious multipurpose hub is deemed impervious to natural calamities such as a magnitude 8 earthquake and even super typhoons. The Discovery Channel show, Man-Made Marvels can vouch for that.
By the numbers, the Philippine Arena occupies a colossal 74,000sqm area right in the heart of Bocaue, Bulacan, a province located just north of Manila. It stands at 200 feet, weighs 9,000 tons (roof alone) and has 50,000 seats, virtually over twice the size of the O2 Arena in terms of seating capacity. It is backed by a conglomerate of 3 different international companies – including the world renowned design architecture and design firm, Populous – teamed up for this project and with the reported cost of $200,000,000 for manpower, machineries, heavy equipment, and other construction logistics & peripherals.
According to Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) – the prominent religious sect and principal holder of the project – the arena is not just intended for staging large religious gatherings, but rather for facilitating international sporting events, concerts and summits.
Groundbreaking and construction went underway on August, 2011 and completed in May of 2014, with only less than 3 years to finish as opposed to the original of the proposed 5-year construction plan. It was inaugurated last July 21, 2014, in preparation for the INC’s centennial celebration.
Indeed, this is yet another achieved milestone in design and industrial for the Philippines and equally for the people of the Church of Christ.