The Philippine Arena, touted as the world’s largest domed arena with its
55,000 seating capacity, is ready for its opening and inauguration on July 27,
BUSINESS WEEK OPENS TRADE FAIR, EXHIBITS. Negros Occidental Board Member
Salvador Escalante Jr., Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI)
President Frank Carbon, and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella lead in the
ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday that marked the opening of the week-long
Negros Business Week at Robinsons Place Bacolod, with the theme, "Strengthening
the Small Businesses for More and Better Jobs". Also in photo is Bobby
Montelibano, Fred Barcelona, and Mr. George Zulueta.*
Very few landscaping work and other finishing touches are now being completed
in time for the opening of the "largest theater in the planet" that would be the
center of the INC’s Centennial celebrations this July 27, NDB sources in the
The Korean firm, Hanwha Engineering and Construction, announced the
completion of the Philippine Arena in Bulacan weeks ago.
Construction work was officially finished on May 30, it said.
Korea Bizwire quoted Hanwha as saying that the completion of the construction
work on the indoor arena took 30 months to complete, at a cost of $175 million.
The Philippine Arena was built on a total area of 74,000 square meters.
Its roof area is scaled to 35,000 square meters, reported the Korea Bizwire.
The funds spent for the construction of the landmark Philippine Arena, and
for the various houses and buildings of worship of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the
Philippines and in other countries, all came from the offerings of church
members, NDB was told by insiders.