Iglesia Ni Cristo: Philippine Arena

Politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo said Thursday it had started building one of the world’s biggest indoor arenas with a seating capacity of 50,000.

The 74,000-square-meter (796,000-square-feet) mega-structure called the Philippine Arena is part of the Christian sect’s Ciudad de Victoria, a sprawling complex being built just outside the capital Manila.

“It is going to be twice the size of the biggest indoor arena in the United States,” the church said in a story broadcast on its own television station and filmed during the project’s ground-breaking ceremony last month.

In comparison, it said, the Madison Square Garden in New York could only sit 20,000 people, while the Staples Center in Los Angeles has a capacity of 21,000.

Designed by Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous, construction is being carried out by South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. and is expected to be completed by 2014 to mark the church’s centenary.

The church said it planned to use the arena for religious gatherings. The complex around it will include a university, a convention center, a medical facility, housing units and a chapel.

The arena itself will cost $175 million, although the bill for the entire project was not revealed.
Founded in 1914 by Filipino Felix Manalo, who left the Catholic church over differences in beliefs, the sect has grown to become one of Asia’s biggest indigenous Christian organizations.

It runs its own television and radio station, and because its members vote as a bloc, aspiring politicians scramble to get the approval of its ministers during elections.

Record breaking civic facility begins journey to realisation in the Philippines

Construction has commenced on the world’s largest indoor arena in Manila, in the Philippines, designed by the international architecture firm, Populous. In a ground breaking ceremony held last week, the arena design was described as a ‘phenomenal structure’.

The 50,000 seat indoor stadium at Ciudad de Victoria, with a construction value of AUD $200m, has been commissioned by the respected Philippine religion, Iglesia Ni Cristo (the Church of Christ) and will be complete in time for the Church’s Centennial Celebration in 2014. Populous has designed the arena with engineers Buro Happold, and construction will be carried out by Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp.

Project Director, Populous Senior Principal Andrew James, said: “The building’s capacity pushes the boundary of Arena design and will eventually establish itself as the world’s largest indoor arena. The form uses simple geometry to create an elegant appearance, while also giving the venue a powerful presence within its setting.”

The arena has been master planned to enable a further 50,000 people to gather at a “live site” outside the arena, to share in major events. While the arena will hold major church gatherings, it 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.

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12 Responses to Iglesia Ni Cristo: Philippine Arena

  • amazing…it’s shows to the world, GOD is really take care, protecting and HIS blessings were in INC..more power brethern…

  • levi says:

    correction lng po.. hindi po sa manila ang location kundi sa bocaue bulacan.. thnks po..

    ps. paulit-ulit po ba namin sasabihin na hindi po sect ang I.N.C…

    gudpm

  • rolando h cayari says:

    i’m proud to be iglesia ni cristo

  • brenda says:

    Wow…Amazing..it’s God’s work!!!!!

  • laine says:

    a stadium is different from an arena kindly search wikipedia.

  • JR Belmonte says:

    exactly correct!

    Stadium is an open stadia used for different sporting events like Olympic game. Arena is a closed or covered stadia primarily used for gatherings and stage shows though it can also be used for sporting events but minimal. Cowboys stadium though a covered edifice is still a stadium and not an arena.

    We don’t need to reiterate this issue to Bitter Ocampo group and Ampalaya party of insecure people out there. We don’t care if Philippine arena is the biggest or the smallest because basically this is not for the glory of particular individuals or country, but for the glory of God. This project is designed for INC and just be thankful that we are sharing this edifice to the entire world and primarily to the Philippines. The people that will build this project are most likely non-members of INC because our INC Construction focuses more on building chapels of different locales (that is why we hired different companies to build and take care of the project, understood?!!). Meaning, non-members of INC are the ones that will be benefited first in this project.

    Ang galing niyo kasing manlait at mangmata ng gawa ng iba, bakit, ang relihiyon niyo ba’y nakapagpagawa na? Most INC members are low income citizens but we were able to build such magnificent buildings. Nakakainggit di ba? Hindi kami nagtataka kung bakit labis labis ang pangmamata nyo sa proyekto namin. Ganun talaga kapag kinain na ang puso nio at utak ng pagkainggit! Hindi naman namin sasarilin yan ah, ipapamahagi pa namin sa iba kahit sa hindi namin kapananampalataya. Bubuksan namin ang Philippine Arena sa publiko kahit na wala ni isang kusing na ibinahagi ang anumang organisasyon at maging ang anumang gobyerno. Wag naman sanang crab mentality at wag sanang bitter sa INC. Panahon na para itaas ang diwa natin bilang isang Pilipino. Ang Philippine Arena ay mula sa mga abuloy at handog ng mga kaanib ngunit ito ay para sa Pilipinas at tunay na maipagmamalaki ng mga Pilipino. Kung hindi kayo sang-ayon sa sinasabi ko.. puwes, kayo nga ay tunay na Bitter Ocampo na kasama sa Ampalaya party. Pakitandaan lang po na ang karamihan sa kaanib ng INC ay mga kababayan ninyo.

    Purihin ang Diyos, mabuhay ang IGLESIA NI CRISTO sa kaniyang centenaryo at mabuhay ang lahing Pilipino!

  • charlotte says:

    glory to God!

  • vivian says:

    glory to god mabuhay all the iglesia ni cristo in the whole world really god is great of all…i love inc and proud to be inc…

  • Anonymous says:

    Sa mga non-members, magsuri po kau at malalaman nu kung bakit naging matagumpay ang INC. Kung bukas ang kalooban nu tiyak ipapakita sa inyo ng Dios….

    Ako ay INC, mananatili dito anoman ang mangyari, kahit buhay ko pa ang kapalit……

  • alexis says:

    what a wonderful feeling to be a member of INC…

  • jomel says:

    excited na akung mkapunta jan,.,.

  • ikinararangal kong INC member walang makapaghihiwalay sa akin hanggang kamatayan, INC pa rin at babauninko ito sa libingan

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