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MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III arrived at the Ciudad de Victoria of the Iglesia ni Cristo for the inauguration of the Philippine Arena, the world’s largest indoor arena located in Bulacan, Monday.

The traffic was tight on some parts of the North Luzon Expressway as members of the INC flocked to Bulacan for the inauguration.

Among the government officials spotted accompanying Aquino were Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.

During the groundbreaking of Ciudad de Victoria in August 2011, Manalo once said that the arena and its other massive architectural marvels had been designed to bring glory to God and honor to the country.

“This huge structure is one of the highlights of Ciudad de Victoria,” INC says. It is a massive 75-hectare complex constructed by the group spanning two towns in Bulacan – Bocaue and Sta. Maria.

The construction of the Philippine Arena started in 2011 with a P9-billion budget with a seating capacity of 55,000. It was built by Korea’s Hanhwa Engineering and Consulting Corp. in coordination with Populous, a global architecture corporation based in Australia, and Buro Happold, a global engineering consulting firm based in United Kingdom.

Aside from PNoy, several ranking officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay were also present at the event. The president was also accompanied by INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo in the unveiling of the marker in front of the Philippine Arena, which signals the opening of Ciudad de Victoria.

-LOVELY HAZEL M. VALDE

LNU, ABCOM INTERN