Philippine Arena

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Philippine Arena
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Location Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
Coordinates 14°47′46″N 120°57′16″E / 14.79611°N 120.95444°E / 14.79611; 120.95444
Owner Iglesia Ni Cristo (New Era University)
Operator Maligaya Development Corporation
Capacity 55,000[1]
Record attendance 55,000[2]
(Eat Bulaga: Sa Tamang Panahon, October 24, 2015)
Field size 220 meters length, 170 meters width, 65 meters height[3]
Acreage 3.644 hectares
Broke ground August 17, 2011[4]
Built May 30, 2014[1]
Opened July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
Construction cost US$213 million[5] (₱9.4 billion)[6]
Architect Populous
Project manager New San Jose Builders
Structural engineer Buro Happold
General contractor Hanwha Engineering and Construction[7]

The Philippine Arena is a multipurpose indoor arena at Ciudad de Victoria, a 140-hectare tourism enterprise zone in Bocaue and Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines.[8] It has a maximum capacity of 55,000 people. The Philippine Arena is the world's largest indoor arena.[1] It is one of the centerpiece of the many centennial projects[9] of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) for their centennial celebration on July 27, 2014.[10] The legal owner of the arena is the INC's educational institution, New Era University.[11]

Building details[edit]


The initial design concept of the Philippine arena is inspired by Narra tree, the mother tree of the Philippines, and the root of the Banyan tree.[12] The roof was inspired by that of a Nipa Hut.[13]


Populous, a global mega-architecture firm, designed the arena through their office in Brisbane, Australia. The arena has been master planned to enable at least 50,000 people to gather inside the building and a further 50,000 to gather at a ‘live site’ or plaza outside to share in major events. The arena is a one-sided bowl. The lower bowl will be the most frequently used part of the building and the architectural design allows for easy separation of the lower bowl from the upper tier, by curtaining with acoustic and thermal properties.[14] The seating layout of the arena is different from that of a standard arena where the stage is at the middle and is surrounded by seats. The seating of the arena closely resembles that of a Greek amphitheater, built in a semi-circle with the seats at the sides and front of the arena stage. The seatings are divided into three sections. Each of the sections are colored green, white and red the colors of the Iglesia Ni Cristo flag.[15]


Built on 99,200 square meters of land and has a dome over 9000 square meters.[16] The roof spans some 170 meters and contains 9,000 tons of steel work. The roof was made as a separate unit to reduce burden on the arena with extra load. The arena is 65 meters in height, or about fifteen stories high and founded on pile construction. For earthquake loads, about a third of the dead load of the building was designed. The building was also divided into multiple structure to strengthen the arena's earthquake resistance.[13][17]


PWP Landscape Architecture, the firm who landscaped the National September 11 Memorial & Museum,[18] designed the landscape for the arena and the whole complex of Ciudad de Victoria. For the arena, a series of outdoor plazas, gardens and performance venues form the setting for the development including: The North and South Arrival Plazas, The Promontory Plaza, The Great Stairs, and Ciudad de Victoria Plaza that are all related to each other with two cross axes (N-S and E-W) that intersect at the Promontory Plaza.[11]


An Iglesia ni Cristo event being held at the arena.

The arena will not only hold major church gatherings, but will also operate as a multi-use sports and concert venue, capable of holding a range of events from boxing and basketball to live music performances, but no soccer or field events due to its limited size. There is clear "line of sight" for every seat from each tier, even for various arena configurations such as church ceremonies, boxing, tennis, concerts or indoor gymnastics. The Iglesia ni Cristo will allow non-Iglesia tenants to use the arena. The church reserves the right to disallow activities which it sees violate its religious principles, which include gambling-related events and cockfighting. The overall vision of the master plan will eventually see inclusion of shopping centers, a hospital, and large scale residential developments.[14][19][20]



The Philippine Arena, along with Ciudad de Victoria was officially inaugurated on July 21, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo unveiled the marker of Ciudad de Victoria.[21]

INC Centennial events[edit]

The first events which took place on the arena are the series of activities of INC as a part of their centennial celebration.[22]

Date Event Description
July 27, 2014 Special Worship Service and Oratorio A worship service led by Manalo, the INC Executive Minister and a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists.
July 29, 2014 Ang Bayan Mo'y Nagpupuri (Your Nation Praises You) A musical presentation featuring original INC Christian music and INC history
July 31, 2014 Ang Sugo (The Messenger) A stage play depicting the ministry of Felix Manalo and the history of the INC
August 1, 2014 Tagisan ng Talino (Battle of Wits) A quiz show which includes Bible and INC history & current events for teens and children categories.
August 2, 2014 Evangelical Mission A Bible exposition for the non-members.
October 31, 2014 INCinema Excellence in Visual Media Awards (EVM Awards) Recognition of the top twenty (20) film entries produced by members worldwide.
November 8, 2014 Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko (My Countrymen, My Brethren) An outreach and evangelical mission which provide medical & dental services, groceries, entertainment shows, and bible studies.
November 23, 2014 Songs of Faith, Love, & Hope: International Singing Competition Solo singing competition featuring original INC Christian music participated by delegates from different parts of the world.
December 30, 2014 Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko Year-End Concert A pre-new year concert featuring the accomplishments of the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation and the Iglesia ni Cristo as a whole.
February 20, 2015 Nueva Ecija Ecclesiastical District 85th Anniversary The INC ecclesiastical districts of Nueva Ecija Central, East, North, South, and Aurora which were formerly part of the once lone ecclesiastical district in the province gathered for a worship service led by Manalo.
May 19, 2015 New Era University (NEU) 40th Commencement Exercises Baccalaureate service led by Manalo, NEU graduation from elementary to post-graduate studies across all campuses, and alumni homecoming.
July 25–26, 2015 International Unity Games Members of the INC from all over the globe gathered for the first-ever Unity Games International. Said sporting event marked the end of the centennial year.
July 26, 2015 Centennial Closing Ceremony A worship service led by Manalo, the INC Executive Minister and a large musical celebration of all members of the INC from all over the globe

Entertainment events[edit]

Event Entertainer(s) Date Attendance Notes
Philippine Basketball Association Opening Ceremonies for the 2014–15 season PBA Players October 19, 2014 52,612 It was the first commercial and non-INC event held in the arena.

This is the largest opening ceremony for a season in PBA history.[23]

"Best of Best in the Philippines" Super Junior,Girls' Generation Red Velvet, and BTOB April 12, 2015 20,000 This four South Korean idol groups made them the first foreigners ever to perform in the Arena.[24]
The Prismatic World Tour Katy Perry May 7, 2015 35,107 This was the first anniversary of Katy's Tour and she is the first ever solo performer to hold a show at the Philippine Arena.[25]
"Felix Manalo" Movie Premiere October 4, 2015 43,624 The Movie holds the Guinness World Records for “Largest Attendance For A Film Screening” and “Largest Attendance For A Film Premiere”[26][27]
Eat Bulaga: Sa Tamang Panahon EB Dabarkads October 24, 2015 55,000 This event showcased the KalyeSerye portion of the show. The first time to have an event to be broadcast on GMA Network.[2][28]

In popular media[edit]

The Philippine Arena was featured in a documentary called Man Made Marvels: Quake Proof. It aired on December 25, 2013 in Discovery Channel and focused on making structures in the Philippines more safe from natural disasters such as earthquake and typhoons.[29]


The Philippine Arena was awarded as the best sports project in Asia under the "medium cap project" category at the Construction Awards 2013 by the World Finance.[30] On July 27, 2014, Guinness World Records recognized the arena as the largest mixed-use indoor theater.[31]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "AlDub shatters records anew". Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  3. ^ Pan Stadia & Arena Management (Autumn 2014 ed.). 24–26 September 2014. p. 85. 
  4. ^ Ranada, Pia (July 27, 2013). "Waiting for Iglesia ni Cristo's PH Arena". Rappler. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Newcomb, Tim (August 31, 2011). "Building Bigger: World’s Largest Indoor Arena Set for the Philippines". Time. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Encarnacion, Fidea (July 24, 2014). "INFOGRAPHICS: The Philippine Arena vs. world stadiums". Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Choi, He-suk (August 18, 2011). "Hanwha E&C to build world’s largest domed arena near Manila". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Donna, Cueto-Ibanez (July 20, 2014). "Iglesia opens world’s largest indoor arena for centennial rites". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Salud, Joel Pablo (November 5, 2012). Joel Pablo Salud, ed. "Dawn of the New Guard". Philippine Graphic (magazine) (Makati City, Philippines: T. Anthony C. Cabangon) 23 (23): 23. OCLC 53164818. 
  10. ^ "Populous Designs World’s Largest Arena in Manila in the Philippines". Populous. August 29, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "New Era University Philippine Arena". PWP Landscape Architecture. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Philippine Arena". Haeahn Architecture. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Arcangel, Xianne (July 21, 2014). "INC's Philippine Arena a ‘challenge’ for firm behind London's O2". GMA News. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "New Manila Arena pushes boundaries of Arena Design". Populous. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ Santos, Reynaldo Jr. (July 21, 2014). "FAST FACTS: Iglesia ni Cristo's Philippine Arena". Rappler. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ramon Efren R. Lazaro (February 13, 2013). "Prices of agriculture lands in Bulacan town rise". Business Mirror. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  17. ^ Peter Hipolito (September 11, 2011). "Chris Sparrow on the Groundbreaking of the Philippine Arena 04:30". Christian Era Broadcasting Services Inc. YouTube. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ "National 9/11 Memorial". PWP Landscape Architecture. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ June Navarro (April 22, 2013). "POC eyes INC-owned stadium as training site". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  20. ^ Badua, Snow (April 18, 2014). "Noticed that huge arena while travelling down NLEX during Holy Week? Well, it's months away from grand opening". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ Locsin, Joel (July 21, 2014). "PNoy arrives at Philippine Arena in Bulacan for Iglesia ni Cristo event". GMA News. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  22. ^ Archangel, Pia (July 27, 2014). "24 Oras: Pagdiriwang ng sentenaryo ng INC, tuloy-tuloy ngayong linggo". YouTube (GMA News). Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ Lozada, Bong (October 19, 2014). "More than 50,000 jam PH Arena for PBA opener". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Best of Best KPOP Concert 2015 
  25. ^ Philippine Arena keeps on breaking records 
  26. ^ "‘Felix Manalo’ premiere bags 2 Guinness World Records". Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  27. ^ "'Felix Manalo' premiere bags 2 Guinness World Record titles". cnn. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  28. ^ "#AlDub sets new record: #AlDubEBTamangPanahon pulls in over 38 million tweets". Rappler. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  29. ^ Umbao, Ed (December 27, 2013). "INC’s Philippine Arena Featured on Discovery Channel (Video)". Philippine News. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Construction Awards 2013". World Finance. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Largest Mixed-Use Indoor Theatre". Guinness World Records. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 

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