Iglesia ni Cristo building massive indoor arena


MANILA, Philippines—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 does not disclose the exact number of its membership, but it claims to have millions of followers,

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Kris, huwag ka naman mapikon.. just sharing what’s written sa Holy Bible kaya nga may kasamang verses.. Sana huwag mo rin sana akong batohin gaya nga mga judio or shoot the messenger.. fyi, sa central kami dati sumasamba at doon din kinakasal ang mga pamilya namin..
    In the Gospel of John Chapter 10 Jesus said:
    30 I and my Father are one.
    31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
    32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
    33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
    In the Gospel of John Chapter 8 Jesus said:
    56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
    57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
    58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
    In the Book of Revelation Chapter 1 verses:
    7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
     8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
    Hebrews 1;1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    Hebrews 1:8   But to the Son He says:  “ Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;    A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
    On Matthew 28:19 Jesus said: 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:.
    Ask yourself, bakit kaya sinabi ni Jesus na baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost?

  • d@_b0Sero

    salamat po sa mga batikos lalo nyo po pinalalakas ang aming pananampalataya. proud to be IGLESIA NI CRISTO…… salamat po sa mga nagpapangap na mga pantas na umanoy nakakaintindi ng salita ng dios……….

  • Anonymous

    @DatingINK:disqus ?????????”Utos din sa Biblia na basahin.  Alam ko naman na sa INC Manalo ay puro ministro lang raw pwede mag basa at sya lang ang nakakaintindi.   Hindi naman siguro bobo ang mga miembro na hindi sila makakaintindi. Sa katunayan, ito utos pa sa Biblia na basahin.  Hindi naman sinasabi sa Biblia na ministro lang ang pwede mag basa or umintindi”?????????? 
    What?. what planet are you from? panu mo naman napatunayan yan? at ska bkt may salitang “RAW”? yan hirap kasi sa inyo eh..hilig nyu mang HUSGA di naman pla cgurado… hayz..ang pinoy nga naman…

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