Romualdez calls INC’s Arena an ‘inspiration’
- July 21, 2014
- Written by Jester P. Manalastas
- Published in Top Stories
THE newly-built Philippine Arena can be considered a challenge and inspiration to the government in addressing problems in the sports sector.
This is according to House Independent Minority bloc leader Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualez as he commended the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) for building a state-of-the-art arena.
Romualdez said the national sports officials should look at this arena as an inspiration in improving the sports for Filipinos.
“If the INC can come up with a monument to Philippine sports like The Arena, there’s no reason why the government cannot. The government has more than enough manpower, finances and resources to do so,” Romualdez said.
“If the government can realign funds to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), then I’m sure there are other legal means or sources to support our sports heroes and the sports sector as a whole,” he added.
Romualdez said the INC has shown that unity and determination can help Filipinos attain the impossible.
“The Philippine Arena of the INC is an indisputable proof of Filipino unity and determination,” Romualdez said.
“Walang alinlangang ipinakita ng mga kapatid natin sa INC na kung magkakaisa lamang tayo, walang imposible sa ating mga Pilipino,” Romualdez also said.
Built at a cost of $175 million or about P7.65 billion in Bocaue, Bulacan, the Arena was completed last May 30, or after three years in the making.
Considered the biggest in the world, the Philippine Arena has a seating capacity of 51,000, and a 35,948-square meter roof.
The independent bloc has expressed confidence that the Arena will bolster the Philippines’ chances of staging international sporting events and performing arts shows.
Romualdez appealed to the INC leadership to allow the government to use its state-of-the-art facilities for the training of national athletes for international competitions.
“Our colleague, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, has proven that with enough support and training, the Filipino is a world-class athlete.
“Believe me, we have scores of other Manny Pacquiaos out there,” Romualdez stressed.