The Vast Scale of the New Philippine Arena Unfolds After 20 months of Construction

Populous Associate Principal Ron Van Sluijs who regularly travels to the site in Manila reports:

The Philippines is a country going through rapid economic development. Where one day there are scattered rusty corrugated metal roof farm houses surrounded by lush green rice paddies and mature mango trees, the next day the world largest indoor arena sits among them.

Due for completion in April 2014, the Philippine Arena will be the world’s largest indoor arena seating 50,000 people. Situated on a green field site north of Manila, the arena is of a scale not previously seen before in the Philippines, and will put the country on the world stage.

The Client for the arena is Iglesia Ni Christo who are building it as part of a community development which, when completed, will include an arena, a university, a stadium, a sports hall, a hospital, several hotels and residential accommodation.

Over the last 18 months, two shifts a day working from 7am to midnight, have kept the construction site buzzing with activity. A constant flow of concrete mixers, trucks with reinforcement steel, semi-trailers with huge pre welded steel components shipped from Korea, and many other trucks with materials and products from around the world have been pushing along a narrow dirt road full of pot holes that provides site access until the proper free-way ramps are completed.

The scale of the project has become the talk of the town. In recent months installation of the roof cladding has commenced and the true scale of the 65m tall 220x170m wide building has become evident.

Here is a record of some of the images I’ve captured over the past 20 months

The site prior to development works beginning

After one month concrete columns have been erected

Five months in the Arena starts to take shape

Tapered columns for the upper concourse are erected by specialists

8 months into construction the roof space frame is assembled

The workers are required to work at significant heights for three months while installing the roof

After 15 months the vision is coming together

The neighbouring rice farms

The thatched roof of this hut inspired part of the  arena roof design.

And what a view from the top!

55 Comments

  1. More power INC!! cant wait for this special event.

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    william
    December 5, 2013
  2. this is a great and wonderful arena….happy centennial

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    ramir aguilar
    December 5, 2013
  3. The most awaited edifice of the century for us… soon be the world’s eye catcher…. Everyone in the world will know… Can’t wait… THANK YOU ALL…

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    SHEL GARCIA NARVASA
    December 5, 2013
  4. This will be a symbol of the reward for hard work, dedication, faith, trust, hope & love to our Almighty God who has been doing amazing milestones, unprecedented achievements & success for HIS OWN CHURCH for almost a CENTURY of continual blessings & cares under the able leadership of three Church Administrators. To GOD be all the glory, we remain HIS faithful servants whom He loves & protect most. <3

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    ver p. man
    December 5, 2013
  5. simply amazing………….

    to God be the glory

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    bobbie eduardo atendido
    December 5, 2013
  6. awesome!!!! its a work of art, but most of all it is inspired by the united spirit of all the members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) all over the world.TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!.Thank you Populous Assoc. for your great amazing ideas…

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    mel
    December 5, 2013
  7. “amazing” 🙂

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    elmer
    December 5, 2013
  8. thank GOD for everything!

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    delsa
    December 5, 2013
  9. I am soooooo excited! I wish I could come on that day for the centennial its all GOD’s glory.

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    perlanda zacariax
    December 5, 2013
  10. Wow ..!!!!so, excited to be there and see it..

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    Rosie Haxton
    December 5, 2013
  11. Magnificent building ! With the help of our Almighty God, be known his glory and rigthtiousness. Brethren see you there in 2014 Centenial

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    Anita Sarmiento
    December 5, 2013
  12. Amazing!! Brilliant!!,wonderful! It is the Mighty work of art of our Creator, who through His inspirations, these edifices will be wrapping up now, soon, for the whole world to know and see. All or us around the globe are excited to see those being built, during the Centennial of the dearest Church.

    It will the center of the grand global C E l e b r a t i o n.!!!

    God blesses all. Bringing back the glory to our Creator.

    Thanks for the Church Administration and all ministers around him for all the support.

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    Gilda
    December 5, 2013
  13. Cungratiolation IGLESIA Ni CRISTO..GOD is GREAT.

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    marcos lumaham jr.
    December 5, 2013
  14. my vacation next year will be on first week of july 2014,and i will be there to witness the grand opening and celebration of 100 years INC centennial celebration,GLORY BE TO GOD

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    joe antonio nevado
    December 5, 2013
  15. One of Gods works.

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    Olivia Lazaro del Rosario
    December 5, 2013
  16. Wow! I just can’t wait to be there. Truly a world-class architecture..

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    Aziel B. Bulosan
    December 5, 2013
  17. ang lahat ay para s kapurihan s AMA!

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    elizabeth j. bernados
    December 6, 2013
  18. Magnificent….glory to be God!

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    Jane quijano
    December 6, 2013
  19. am so thrilled and excited to see the arena soon..before it was just an imagination , now there is that picture already and sooner than we think it will be a reality..proud to belong..

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    dolly yambao
    December 6, 2013
  20. When done this will be wonderful and radiant, praises be unto God!!!

    Alfred M. Guibone

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    Alfred M. Guibone
    December 6, 2013
  21. We’re so happy that Philippine Arena is built wherein it would be the country’s fame…

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    Jasper James Fernando Bandiola
    December 6, 2013
  22. From the poorest of the poor, a giant project rise for the glory of the one and only true God.

    It will be used, firs and for most with spiritual gathering in line of the 100th year anniversary of the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) on July 14, 2014

    Members of the INC from the four corners of the world will be coming in the Philippines to participate the very great and big event to be.

    Let all the glories be unto God, forever and ever.

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    Narciso M. Lim Jr.
    December 6, 2013
  23. Hoping that the project will be the greatest in the world!

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    cez_napa
    December 6, 2013
  24. Wow!what a view to behold and I can not wait to see it with my own very naked eyes.Whenever i pass by this area,i cannot avoid to be awed by this humongous building that i did not imagine would someday be erected in this country once called the Sick Man Of Asia.Thanks POPULOUS for helping the INC build this edifice.It will sure add pride to our beloved country and will etch itself in the world as among the aewsome and inspiring edifices ever erected.

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    ian mabbin
    December 6, 2013
  25. wonderful..
    🙂

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    Jvee
    December 7, 2013
  26. Another milestone for INC…GOD is really great…

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    Rey de jesus
    December 7, 2013
  27. Advance happy 100 years anniversary to all breathen all over the world…. Glory to GOD 🙂 ^_^

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    Mylarapotesegales
    December 7, 2013
  28. Those were made possible only by the glorious blessings of our dear Father God. Hayag na hayag sa buong mundo kung papaano pagtagumpay ng Ama ang buong pamamahala ng INC.

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    Jenneth
    December 7, 2013
  29. All thanks and praises to our Almighty God.

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    Teyob D. Rayos
    December 7, 2013
  30. Countdown to the Centennial

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    JnL15
    December 9, 2013
  31. Phil Arena–a dream comes true! Happy 100th Years Anniversary to all brethren around the globe! To God be the glory!!!

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    Elna Navarro
    December 12, 2013
  32. Awesome! It’s from God indeed.

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    Born2Code
    December 19, 2013
  33. “I will work..and who shall hinder it”…God says. Glo ry to God!

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    joey lipa
    December 23, 2013
  34. Awesome! Marvelous!!! The Philippine Arena is really a MAN MADE MARVELS all for the GLORY of GOD!!!

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    Dex Fontillas
    December 25, 2013
  35. I’ve watched the feature presentation of the DISCOVERY CHANNEL last night… the PHILIPPINE ARENA is amazing with EARTHQUAKE PROOF and SUPER-TYPHOON PROOF building as presented by PHILVOCS and other authorities.

    HAPPY CENTENNIAL TO ALL THE BRETHREN AROUND THE WORLD…

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    sam borja, jr.
    December 26, 2013
  36. Proud to be Iglesia Ni Cristo! To GOD be the glory!

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    Honey Dalogaog
    December 26, 2013
  37. Oh Good Lord~ Let Your Name be Honored!

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    Ryan Glenn
    December 26, 2013
  38. …and then the whole world will know what the iglesia ni cristo is….to our lord god the glory!

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    vic jason
    December 26, 2013
  39. Glory be to God! A crowning glory to His unceasing promise to His chosen people in these last days!

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    RODEL TALLADA RIVERA
    December 27, 2013
  40. wow super amazing structures

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    joevany
    December 27, 2013
  41. Thanks populous for your great design..
    This will become a historical structure not only for the Iglesia ni Cristo but also for the Philippines.

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    Aaron
    January 4, 2014
  42. God is Great to his choosen people..

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    frederick a. polo
    January 7, 2014
    • thank Dear God for all great things
      you`ve done for this great church…happy centennial to all
      brethren in Christ extending to fellowmen in the world.

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      andrew
      January 11, 2014
  43. “From creation of the world, the universe and now the Philippine arena — IT IS GOD’S WORK” for his last group of servants.

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    Vic Belt.
    January 29, 2014
  44. Imagine after watching the picture of Wolrd Wide Walk around the globe last 15th of February 2014, all this people flood to Philippine Arena on 100 years of INC Continental Celebration. Glory to God! And God is Great!

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    Chester
    February 20, 2014
  45. I’ve heard n seen that there’s a football stadium beside the arena,is it? thanks

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    Glenn
    March 2, 2014
  46. Proud to be IGLESIA NI CRISTO!. All thanks and praises to our Almighty GOD. 🙂

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    Argieline Villanueva
    May 6, 2014
  47. @Glenn, yes there’s a stadium (Philippine Stadium) beside Philippine Arena. It can accomodate 20k spectators, and same with the latter, it can also be used by the public. At the back of the stadium is the Philippine Sports Center for indoor sports activities. The said structures are located in Ciudad De Victoria complex in the town/municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan (north of Metro Manila).

    Thank you Populous for your effort and for the great design you rendered for such an edifice that symbolizes INC’s victories and triumphs for 100 years.

    Happy Centennial!! Glory be unto God.

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    JR Belmonte
    May 16, 2014
  48. Kudos to Team Populous and other companies that are putting together all this infrastructure. And, yes, glory be to the Amighty. A couple of questions, please:

    1. Been noticing the Arena’s rooftop reflecting a great deal of sunlight. Are those photovoltaic (PV) panels (or equivalent), which help harness the sun to generate/store electrical power?

    2. Also thought I heard about some top-name hotel chains planning to (if not already) build their hotels in/near the Cuidad de Victoria. Please confirm/clarify. Thanks.

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    Big Al
    June 10, 2014
  49. Brilliant project for our beloved Philippines,,
    The last picture below is likely the same the aerial view of Southern Rome,,

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    romy
    June 26, 2014
  50. Is it ready to use for events ?

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    romy
    June 26, 2014
  51. Can’t wait for the big day… happy centennial everyone…

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    rosellle
    July 4, 2014
  52. Can’t wait to see the actual arena this July. Thanks for your hardwork, Populous!

    Happy Centennial to all brethren. To God be the glory!

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    Mele
    July 8, 2014
  53. Thank you, Populous, for allowing to be instruments to bring this marvel to the world. Not many companies could have stepped forward to undertake such a project just because of how the INC is viewed as a religion in the Philippines. God bless your organization!

    Maligayang Sentenaryo sa lahat ng kapatid sa buong mundo!

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    Nathan's Grail
    July 23, 2014

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