Korean construction firm completes Iglesia Ni Cristo’s P7-B Philippine Arena


Screengrab from The Philippine Arena official facebook account

MANILA, Philippines—Leading South Korean construction company Hanwha Engineering and Construction (Hanwha E&C) said that it has completed building the Iglesia ni Cristo-owned Philippine Arena, which is said to be “the world’s biggest domed performance hall.”

According to South Korean media reports, a Hanwha E&C statement posted on its website on June 9 disclosed that the $175-million or about P7.65-billion indoor arena—built on a 74,000-square meter tract of land in Bulacan province—was completed last May 30, or after 30 months of work.

Philippine Arena has a seating capacity of 51,000, and boasts of a 35,948-square meter roof, which is also said to be the largest worldwide.

The Chosun Ilbo website quoted Hanwha E&C chief executive Lee Keun Po as saying that “[t]he dome arena, which requires a high level of expertise, will boost our efforts to enter the construction and civil engineering markets in Southeast Asia.”

Besides construction, Hanwha E&C also took charge of designing the arena.

In 2011, Hanwha E&C secured the project after beating Filipino firm EEI Corp. as well as Chinese contractor Jiangsu International, the Korea Economic Daily reported on its website.

Established in 1962, Hanwha E&C has become a global engineering and construction firm through its forays in the Americas, Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia, its website said. It is a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group, which is also into chemicals, life insurance, industrial machinery and technology systems manufacturing, as well as leisure and food services.

Philippine Arena is being prepped to serve as a highlight of the Iglesia ni Cristo’s celebration of its centennial anniversary on July 27.


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  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    ditto na next boxing ni pacquaio!!!

    bet on!

    largest sugalan worldwide!

    sa INC!

    • Noel

      Is there a gambling casino owned by INC? INC doesn’t even have casino proceeds from Pagcor like the Catholic Church has. That Philippine Arena could be a venue for Asian sport competition and it’s even at international standard, the biggest in the world.

  • R_RR

    It’s great. I am not an INC but thankful to this religious group for naming the place as “Philippine Arena , said to be “the world’s biggest domed performance hall.””.

    • Noel

      That’s right. Good thing they didn’t name it “INC Arena”.

    • dontblockme

      I believe the INC wants every Filipino to be proud of the Arena which is
      a good thing. Well not only the Arena but all other record-breaking humanitarian efforts by INC. Philippines after all is God’s chosen country in these last days.

  • R_RR

    Some of the posts here are funny. Nobody wins in a religious debate.

    Stay chill.

  • Cue_Vas

    Huwag na kayong mag-away. Masaya lang ako na may bago na namang evacuation center para sa susunod na natural disaster. Amen?

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