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Philippine Arena: World's Largest Dome Arena

Popularly known to be the World's Largest Dome Arena, Philippine Arena is owned by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) religious organization. The Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp., which is the contractor of the said project has already been working this month (August 2011) to build this world's largest dome arena in Bulacan, Philippines.

The contractor of the project, Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. (Hanwa E&C) is a development and construction company based in South Korea. Its vice Chairman Kim Hyun-chung shake hands with the INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo after the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.

Eduardo Manalo shake hands with Kim Hyun-chung
Eduardo Manalo (left), Kim Hyun-chung (right) picture (koreaherald.com)

According to the Korea Herald, Philippine Arena is estimated to be worth $175 million contract which was signed on August 4, 2011. It has a seating capacity of 50,000 (seats), floor area of 74,000 square meters and its domed roof is nearly 36,000 square meters which makes it the "World's Largest Dome Arena".

Hanwha E&C will work for the said project for over 30 months and will be completed by 2014. The company said that the project will be conducted in design-build process in which the contractor is responsible for all related processes from designing to building the facility.

"The Philippine Arena is three times bigger than the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Korea's largest indoor Arena", said a Hanwha E&C official.

INC said that the Philippine Arena will be built for the Centennial Project during the 100th Founding Anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in July 27, 2014.

The picture below shows the area of location where the Philippine Arena is going to be built.

Location of Philippine Arena
Map location of the Philippine Arena (picture)

The particular place where the Philippine Arena will be built is in the Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan.


Philippine Arena Banner Streamer
Ciudad de Victoria
Home of the World's Largest Arena
PHILIPPINE ARENA

(photo by Eranio Mariano)



Some Pictures of the Philippine Arena - World's Largest Dome Arena:

World's Largest Dome Arena
Miniature architectural model of the Philippine Arena


Philippine Arena
Dome of the Philippine Arena


Philippine Arena - Largest Dome Arena in the World
New Era University Stadium (NEU) located beside Philippine Arena


Philippine Arena - World's Largest Dome Arena
Philippine Dome Arena Miniature Model


World's Biggest Dome Arena
NEU Stadium

(All images credited to their respective owners)



Philippine Arena Groundbreaking Ceremony Video:





Personal Opinion:

The Philippine Arena would be a great place to house the most prestigious event of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) which is the Centennial (100th Anniversary) celebration by year 2014. It could be also a most spacious place to host a grandeur Grand Evangelical Mission (GEM) or it might be the next Olympic Games Arena.
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49 richard   (22 August 2011 1:49 PM)
sa lahat ng naninira sa aming mga iglesia ni cristo mahiya naman kayo sa sarili nyo kung ako sa inyo magsusuri ako sa loob ng iglesia ni cristo makinig kayo sa mga doktrina namin nang saganon maintindihan ninyo ang tunay na aral ng diyos

48 Ligaw na Paru-paro   (22 August 2011 1:32 PM)
@dani, ganyan na ba talaga ka-RICH ang iglesia ni cristo. magtatayo ng "world's largest arena"? kaya pala naghihirap ang inc members dahil ang laki-laki ng pera kino-contribute nila sa simbahan. wala ngang pulubi pero naghihirap naman. ganun pa rin yon!

59 farenz   (22 August 2011 3:28 PM)
Walang naghihirap at nagpakapulubi kung sundin lang ang kautusan ng panginoong diyos na "kakain ka ng tinapay sa pawis ng iyo iyong mukha hangang buhay kang magpagal or magtrabaho" ibig sabihin nito magsikap sa lahat pagkakataon sa iyong buhay at maitaguyod ang pamilya at higit sa lahat masunod lahat ng utos ng panginoong diyos.

60 tobie1101   (22 August 2011 3:33 PM)
(nali)ligaw na paru-paro,
Sa iyong mga sinabi sa INC ay tunay na wala kang alam
Kaya malugod na paanya sa'yo sana ay pagbigyan
Na iyo munang suriing mabuti bago mo hatulan
Upang mabatid ang tunay na sa amin ay meron naman.

47 Sonny   (22 August 2011 1:02 PM)
I have'nt notice the presence of our beloved President Noynoy Aquino during the ceremony. Did the INC invited him to witness the event or did the INC ignore him? The Philippine President should be present during that kind historical event.

91 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 7:51 PM)
Bro, una ang Speaker of the House eh nandyan, malamang siya ang pinadala ng pangulo bilang kinatawan...sa dahilang sya po ay maaaring nasa ibang bansa....imposibleng hindi naimbitahan ang pangulo upang masaksihan ang groundbreaking....wag naman po sanang magkaroon ng misinterpretation ukol sa bagay na ito....

46 deo roel catarroja   (22 August 2011 12:55 PM)
i am so excited to see the out put , ito ay isang biyaya ng diyos sa lahat ng iglesia ni cristo.. see you all to 2014

45 tenrou   (22 August 2011 12:54 PM)
@TINA

haha.. d talaga nmen mapapantayan ang bilang ng katoliko.. wala sa bilang yan..iung katoliko kc ano e.. hmm wag n lang.. baka masaktan p ang mga katoliko n mkakabasa... :D nsa tamang iglesia yan.... respetuhin mo n lang religion namen... at FYI..wala pong Iglesia ni Manalo.. haha.. kakatawa ka... nag eexist b yun? san mo po nakuha yun? :))

44 Edd   (22 August 2011 12:53 PM)
& TINA.. bkit ndi ka magsuri sa tagumpay ng iglesia.,. usigin mo pa rin ay patuloy na magniningning. sa inyo ata wala ng sumasamba kmi patuloy na sumasmba. sa abroad dhil wala ng sumasmba sa katoliko at protestante e pinagbibili na ang mga gusaling sambahan nila. gnyan kayaman ang iglesia...

43 Ching Merano   (22 August 2011 12:25 PM)
aw~ don't be hatin'. lol.

42 Tina   (22 August 2011 12:09 PM)
Yan lang ba ang ipinagmamalaki niyong mga Iglesia ni Manalo? Kahit anong gawin niyo, hindi niyo mapapantayan ang Iglesia Katolika sa bilang mga struktura at dami ng mga Katoliko. Mananatiling Iglesia Katolika ang tunay na Iglesia sa mundo.

63 farenz   (22 August 2011 3:57 PM)
Hi tina hindi kami nagmamalaki,ginagawa yan para sa KAPURIHAN NG PANGINOONG DIYOS..Think first before u click? He he... alam mo tina kaming mga INC or IGLESIA NI CRISTO hindi na nagtataka kung bakit mas marami ang sinasabi mong Iglesia Katolika kasya kaming mga IGLESIA NI CRISTO dahil ipinagpauna na yan ng BIBLIA o Banal Na Kasulatan na mas mamari ang mapapahamak or ibubulid sa dagat dagatang apoy sa araw ng paghuhukom kasing dami ng buhangin sa dagat kaysa ililigtas ng panginoong jesucristo sa araw ng paghuhukom.kaya magresearch ka kung sino yung mga ililigtas ni cristo.
san mo mababasa sa BIBLIA ang IGLESIA KATOLIKA ROMANA???
maghintay ako sa sagot mo...thanks po..

69 tobie1101   (22 August 2011 4:14 PM)
hi Tina,
Tunay na nagagalak ang mga INC sa bawat gusali na naipagawa at ipapagawa pa, dahil ito ay galing sa lahat ng kaanib na siyang humihingi ng PAGPAPALA at BASBAS MULA SA DIOS at hindi rin nakikipagpaligsahan sa kanino mang grupo o reliheyon,sapagkat ito ay ginagawa ng mga INC sa lalong IKALULUGOD ng PANGINOONG DIOS AT NG ANAK NA SI CRISTO na dapat papurihan at sambahin.

94 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 7:58 PM)
@Tina, Sayang ang pananampalataya mong baluktok sana maituwid mo yan para naman hindi sayang ang iyong paglilingkod...Try mong magsuri at wag maging sarado ang iyong isipan...Sana mahikayat ka namin....

41 Joel-RN   (22 August 2011 12:04 PM)
Hi Cindy, it's joel-RN again, may I add lang po sa comment ko sa itaas, WALANG TITINDIG NA MALALAKING GUSALI ang IGLESIA NI CRISTO if there were no people that it have touched. I am encouraging you to examine the INC Doctrines... maraming dating galit sa INC pero they joined already because they have realized they had a wrong notion about it. God bless you Cindy and I'm praying na makasama ka rin namin sa CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION in 2014!

40 Joel-RN   (22 August 2011 11:54 AM)
Hi Cindy, you are right, the real greatness of any church cannot be measured by the number of structures they build but with the number of people they've touched....and the IGLESIA NI CRISTO did not only touch a handful of people but it amazingly touched and reached the SOULS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLES of VARIOUS RACES & NATIONALITIES (to date, 100+ ethnicities & nationalities) and the INC has given HOPE to all of them (including myself). God is always manifested in all INC gatherings especially during the worship services where the power and love of God to His people are really felt in the heart, spirit, and mind. The greatness of INC structures is just a part of God's blessing to the Church. Looking back in 1914, the INC started without a single cent...it started from a man called by God through many Biblical prophecies... from one man, from a small house in Punta, Sta. Ana...from the Far East...to the Far West...and to more than 90 countries and 6 inhabitable continents of the world, the INC is the fulfillment of GOD's PROPHECIES in these last days. People can say a lot of negative things about the INC but behold, the INC keeps going, and going, and going... since its early inception, people and big religious groups have tried to stop it but their efforts were in vain. Why? - because God declared, "Ako ang gagawa at sino ang pipigil?" WALA NG MAKAKAPIGIL SA TAGUMPAY NG INC lalo na ngayong malapit na ang wakas. The INC was "born" at the start of World War I...and it continued to grow during World War II....and it reached the entire archipelago after the Liberation in 1945...and it survived the HUKBALAHAP who tirelessly harrassed its members but the HUKS were not able to stop the INC from performing its mission. Sa panahon ng Ka Felix, ang INC ay NAGTAGUMPAY... Sa panahon ni Ka Erdy, ang INC ay nakarating sa KALUWALHATIAN... At ngayon, sa panahon ng pamamahala ng Ka Eduardo, ang INC ay MAGNININGNING sa BUONG MUNDO! Gaya ng sabi ni Apostol Pablo, ang IGLESIA ay haharap kay Cristo na MARILAG at NAGNININGNING! Mga kapatid...SULONG SA PAGSALUBONG SA PANGINOON! HAPPY CENTENNIAL to MILLIONS OF INC MEMBERS ACROSS THE WORLD...3 years na lang!!!

39 gera   (22 August 2011 11:34 AM)
ito ang pinakamalaing project ng INC at ito ay para sa kapurihan ng ating Panginoong Diyos!! ito ay paguusapan s lahat ng panig ng mundo spagkat hindi lng po ito para s atin n mga INC kundi pang buong mundo!! Proud to be INC!!

38 Weng Zaballa   (22 August 2011 11:06 AM)
Praises to God Almighty!!! Let's all start the countdown to INC Centennial on 2014. :)

37 Ching Merano   (22 August 2011 10:07 AM)
This is super awesome news. I mean, I've already heard about it before but reading this article and watching the videos of the ground breaking sends so much good vibes.

To God be all the glory!

This is just another one of God's blessings to us INCs. He's blessed us and guided us all these times and we should do our part by continuing to live our lives according to His words.

36 kazukizausa   (22 August 2011 9:54 AM)
Purihin ang Dios!!!!

dahil lahat ng ito ay Biyayang galing sa Dios....dahil kung hindi dahil sa Ama... hndi matatamo ng iglesia ang kaluwalhatian....

Kita kitz na lang po tayo sa Centennial at sa mga darating pang aktibidad na inilulunsad ng Iglesia....

35 Fight for Justice   (22 August 2011 8:23 AM)
Is it true that the Iglesia Ni Cristo invests in corporate stocks in the Philippines and they've become so rich? In your opinion, is INC wealthier than the Philippine government?

66 farenz   (22 August 2011 4:05 PM)
Only the revelation of Church of Christ have very god guiding whole church.

96 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 8:09 PM)
Para sa Iyong kabatiran, ang Iglesia Ni Cristo ay hindi nagtatayo ng mga Bahay Sambahan ng hindi sa INC ang lupa...kaya lahat ng mga istruktura ng INC ay sa INC talaga....hindi pa rin naman masasabing masa mayaman ang INC sa Gobyerno..kasi Government is Government wala ng mas mayaman sa Pinas sa kanila...

34 eddiemer   (22 August 2011 5:24 AM)
may bunga ka na ba?

33 eddiemer   (22 August 2011 5:23 AM)
may bunga ka naba ?
biggrin

32 Zeus   (22 August 2011 2:24 AM)
WOW.! Glory be to GOD =) . PROUD TO BE IGLESIA NI CRISTO.
3 years and counting. :)

31 jimel alogon   (22 August 2011 1:24 AM)
nghihirap man ung sanlibutan patuloy n nagniningning ang IGLESIA NI CRISTO! mabuhay..

30 billydkidd   (21 August 2011 11:44 PM)
astig talaga ang INC nakakamangha... imagine di lang isa ang ipapagawa kundi marami ito po:

> PHILIPPINE ARENA
> EVM CONVENTION CENTER
> EGM MEDICAL CENTER
> NEW ERA UNIVERSITY STADIUM
> NEW ERA UNIVERSIT SPORT COMPLEX
>NEW ERA UNIVERSITY BOCAUE CAMPOS

lahat yan matatapos early ng 2014

at sa tingin ko since na ang New Era University ay kasali sa NAASCU ay sisikat ng husto ang NAASCU...

29 raffy   (21 August 2011 11:40 PM)
i am proud that i am a member of the IGLESIA NI CRISTO.. To GOD be the Glory!!!!

28 jerryco tanig   (21 August 2011 11:36 PM)
i hope that before its completion, INC management may consider using of natural energy for its power supply, like solar energy trough solar panels and or wind turbine. with this structure it will consume a lot of fuel. (much better if all the church of INC will use Solar energy) with this we are really concern to the environment as well as natural resources (not just tree planting or clean up drive all over the world)

To God Be The Glory!

27 Ron   (21 August 2011 10:03 PM)
Isang napakagandang pagkakataon sa bansa natin ang magkaroon ng pinakamalaking arena sa mundo, kailanman hindi nagbuhat ng sariling bangko ang iglesia, ang lahat ng ito ay para sa kaluwalhatian ng Diyos, kung tatanungin mo kung saan galing ang perang magagamit sa pag papagawa ng lahat ng ito----ang sagot ko, galing rin sa Diyos

26 Keanu Rune   (21 August 2011 9:09 PM)
The IGLESIA NI CRISTO already have one of the biggest temples on earth in Quezon City, Philippines.

25 limor2002   (21 August 2011 9:06 PM)
purihin ang Dios na syang gumagabay sa lahat ng mga Iglesia ni Cristo....hindi biro ang itatayo nilang world largest dome arena...pagpalain pa tayo ng Ama...... smile

24 angel   (21 August 2011 9:04 PM)
tama ka idol ..haha

23 margaret   (21 August 2011 9:03 PM)
hmmm...i like it so much!!!this is for the glory of our only true God!!!

22 angel   (21 August 2011 9:02 PM)
kya inc ang gumawa para hndi na mag renta ng kung anu anung dome............ms maganda my sarili

21 CATHERINE BACOR   (21 August 2011 8:52 PM)
..wow..excited na aq mag centennial..sama sama tayo sa parada nang tagumpay mga kapatid...

20 dan   (21 August 2011 8:28 PM)
Sa Panginoong Diyos lahat ng kapurihan at kaluwalhatian!!!!

19 chessmaster   (21 August 2011 7:57 PM)
That's surprising! indeed world's biggest & largest dome to be constructed in a third world country, the phils? and the owner is the INC? that's unbelievable. From what i read, the budget is enough to one department for one fiscal year like dpwh 8 billion pesos or more. INC growth is phenomenal and seriously putting the phils at helm!

18 dani   (21 August 2011 7:15 PM)
Ha? sa INC ba ito maganda naniniwala na talaga ako sa mga sinasabi ng mga kaibigan kong INC na mabiyaya sila kahit mahihirap lang ang mga kapatid. at wala kang mapapansin pulubi ng INC. congratulation sa inyo.

98 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 8:21 PM)
Bro, umanib ka na rin, sayang ang kaluluwa mo....habang may panahon pa.....I hope na makasama ka namin sa Centennial namin...

17 Keanu Rune   (21 August 2011 6:50 PM)
I am a devout member of the IGLESIA NI CRISTO here in the USA.

The largest domed arena in the world is now going to be constructed in the Philippines owned by the largest independent church in the world also known as the IGLESIA NI CRISTO (CHURCH OF CHRIST).

The arena will be used for religious and non-religious purposes for members and non-members alike.

Praises be to God !

16 Eddie McBrian   (21 August 2011 6:49 PM)
How much would be the rates of your rental and other services there? Can you give us some samples of your quotations?

99 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 8:23 PM)
Sorry, as members we dont have any idea, try to ask some of our officers in the church....

15 felman   (21 August 2011 6:48 PM)
Purihin ang Diyos...

14 Santos   (21 August 2011 6:41 PM)
pwede bang gumamit sa inyong Philippine Arena kahit ibang relihiyon kami? Halimbawa gagamitin namin para praise and worship.

13 kingfisher   (21 August 2011 6:28 PM)
INC Centennial would be the most & greatest celebration of the church's history where brethren in different congregation in the Philippines and other part of the world would see each other to PRAISE the Almighty GOD and Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so excited to witness that event. biggrin

12 edmarseille   (21 August 2011 6:20 PM)
Sa project n yan ng INC marami magkakaroon ng trabaho. BRAVO!!! smile

11 Ajax   (21 August 2011 5:43 PM)
correction:

if it is to be only used by INC members, it is named INC arena in which in this case isnt... it is named philippine arena... it can be used for olympics, or any NATIONAL events except for OTHER RELIGIONS events...

--- source: i am one of the INC architect who visioned this endeavor...

10 Cindy   (21 August 2011 5:30 PM)
The true greatness of the church cannot be measured by the number of structures they built but to the number of people they've touched.

9 procorpio   (21 August 2011 5:25 PM)
Baka si Soriano ng ADD gagawa rin ng largest doomed arena o di kaya'y pinakamalaking arena ng mga leon at tigre kung saan mag-cicircus si Soriano. joke lang po!.

8 ice   (21 August 2011 3:57 PM)
...wow! excited na qoh s centennial...hehe...

7 borned ultimatum   (21 August 2011 3:47 PM)
kidding aside pag ang gov't gumawa niyan mas malamang ilang taon lang eh mukhang basura na yan at puro delapidated (worst pagdating sa maintenance ang govt - mas gusto pa ng govt na masira para pondo na naman. at dun nagmumula ang corruption) considering how INC maintained their simbahan at mga edipisyo mas mabuti nga na sila na ang gumawa.. tiyak well maintained at pag pumasok ka sa loob tiyak masisiyahan ka. galing ng INC talaga... i salute!!! :P

6 Penpendesarapen   (21 August 2011 1:14 PM)
HINDI... What would you expect from our corrupted government? utang nga ng Pilipinas di mabayaran eh. Just be proud that despite being one of the poorest country, we will be building the biggest arena in the world. And it is for all of us.

5 Mona   (21 August 2011 11:44 AM)
Sana bumalik sa Justin Bieber dito sa Pilipinas at magconcert diyan sa Philippine Arena. Tiyak manonood talaga ako!

4 Religious Advocate   (21 August 2011 11:30 AM)
I'm wondering where do the INC got those funds? and why did they invest on that huge project? Instead of building the biggest dome arena in the world, why do the INC didn't make the BIGGEST CHURCH TEMPLE on earth?

102 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 8:30 PM)
Mahihirapan po kasi ang mga maytungkulin or officers kaya hindi po pwede ang napakalaking Bahay Sambahan.....Hanggat maaari ay maliit lang po para well maintained at mapangalagaan ng husto ang mga kaanib nito...

3 Lyn   (21 August 2011 11:07 AM)
The Iglesia Ni Cristo are the ones doing it because it is mainly a project for the INC. In preparation for our centennial celebrations. It is NOT a government project and it does NOT belong the Philippine Government.

2 George   (21 August 2011 10:51 AM)
WOW! philippines made it to the top. this could be best arena in the world.

1 Noel   (21 August 2011 10:23 AM)
Bakit Iglesia Ni Cristo pa ang gumawa niyan? Hindi ba kaya ng Philippine Government yan? Napakarami ng makikinabang niyan lalo na yung mga kababayan nating Pilipino nakatira malapit sa Philippine Arena.

104 edwinlrivera   (22 August 2011 8:32 PM)
Alam nyo naman po ang kalakaran sa Government, politics, corruption...SA Iglesia po kasi eh, mga bawal ng Dios yan...siguradong makamamatay....hehehe

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