Rizal Memorial Sports Complex

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Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex birdseye.jpg
The sports complex with the De La Salle University campus in the foreground.
Location Manila, Philippines
Public transit Metro interchange  LRT1  Vito Cruz
Owner City Government of Manila
Operator Philippine Sports Commission
Built 1934
Opened 1934
Renovated 1953, 1981, 1991, 2005, 2011, 2012

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, (RMSC) is a national sports complex of the Philippines, located on Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz St.), Malate, Manila. It is named after the country's national hero, José Rizal. The whole complex is currently managed by the Philippine Sports Commission, while the property is owned by the Manila City government.[1][2]


Standing on the site of the former Manila Carnival Grounds[citation needed], the RMSC was inaugurated in time for the 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games. The land where the Art Deco sports facility designed by architect Juan Arellano was built was donated by the Vito Cruz family. During the Philippine Commonwealth era the sports complex was also used as a civic area and was the site here Manuel Quezon was named one of the presidential candidates in the 1935 elections. It was destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed for use in the 1954 Asian Games.[3]

The complex was renovated in 2011. The National Stadium, the centerpiece of the sports complex, has a maximum seating capacity of 30,000. The complex also houses the administrative office of the PSC, and quarters for the Philippine national athletes.

In December 2016, the group of businessman Enrique Razon has expressed interest for the proposed urban redevelopment and modernization of the RMSC. The plan is to build-up contemporary buildings and commercial structures with modern smart technologies and amenities, as well as more greener open spaces within the property. A sports museum will also be construct here, while the facade of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum will be retained.[4] The PSC had reportedly planned to be transferred the facilities in the proposed Philippine Sports City located in Clark, Pampanga.[5] An online petition posted on Change.org was initiated to save the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex amid several reports on the planned redevelopment.[6]

In April 2017, the sports complex was declared as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines ensuring the site's preservation due to the National Cultural Heritage Act.[7]

On August 2017, the Philippine Sports Commission halted its negotiations with the Manila City government on the planned sale of RMSC, instead it will be focused now on rehabilitating the sports complex.[8]

Notable events at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex[edit]

Facilities at the RMSC[edit]

A directory map showing the facilities of the sports complex

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Talavera, Catherine (December 6, 2016). "Biz group backs Rizal Memorial Complex redevelopment". The Manila Times. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Galvez, Waylon (13 February 2017). "Jawo, Mon agree: Preserve RMSC". Tempo. Retrieved 13 February 2017. ...Department of Justice has already ruled that Manila owns the area [RMSC]. 
  3. ^ Villalon, Augusto (13 March 2017). "Take that, Erap: Monsour, Olympians oppose Rizal Memorial demolition". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  4. ^ dela Paz, Charisse (December 6, 2016). "Razon group plans to renovate Rizal Memorial Coliseum, add malls". Rappler. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Gonzales, Iris and Macairan, Evelyn (December 7, 2016). "Razon revives offer to redevelop Rizal sports complex". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Online petition seeks to save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex". ABS-CBN News. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ Sembrano, Edgar Allan (24 April 2017). "Rizal Memorial declared historical landmark, important cultural property". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "PSC halts sale of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex". Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.