The Philippines is among the Southeast Asian Nations who takes pride of its physical, both natural and man-made assets. It has numerous tourist spots dispersed into its 7, 107 islands. On an estimate, almost 5M tourists have visited the country in the past year, according to the Department of Tourism. But aside from the natural beauty the country has, it also has high-class infrastructures which Filipinos can be proud of. The 10 notable ones are listed here.
1. Philippine Arena
Catering to 55,000 all at once, Philippine Arena is known to be the world’s largest indoor arena. It is located at Ciudad de Victoria and occupies a 140-hectare tourism zone in Bocaue and Sta. Maria, Bulacan. The construction of this massive infrastructure took place for about three years. It was in 2011 when a Korean contractor won the bidding to facilitate the construction. And years after that, former President Aquino and INC Executive Minister Manalo lead the inauguration rites on July 21, 2014. Today, the arena has hosted several memorable events for the Filipinos. One of which is a historical episode of the longest running noontime show, Eat Bulaga! The phenomenal loveteam #AlDub has been able to fill all 55,000 seats on their “concert-for-a-cause”. The largest indoor arena was positively applauded for hosting such a memorable event which went viral internationally, garnering a total of 41M tweets.
2. Philippine International Convention Center
An infrastructure constructed from 1974 to 1976 through the Presidential Decree No. 520 of former President Marcos, PICC is really a state of the art convention center. It is actually Asia’s first premier meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition venue, and has a vast range of modern facilities covering 70, 000 square meters. It is further composed of five building modules; the Delegation Building, Secretariat Building, Plenary Hall, Reception Hall and The Forum. More than a venue for hosting international events, it is an infrastructure which displays the unique culture and tradition of the Filipino people. It basically embodies the intricacy and beauty of Filipino Art and History. Similar to Philippine Arena, PICC has hosted a lot of international events and one of those is the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting last 2015. The mentioned meeting has delegates who are leaders from all over the world, and it was held successfully in the PICC.
3. San Juanico Bridge
Another world class infrastructure which was built during former President Marcos Regime is the San Juanico Bridge, or as some people would call, the “Marcos Bridge”. Its construction started in 1969 and was completed in 1973. Basically, it is a bridge that connects Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar. It has a total funding of $21.9 Million US Dollars. Not only does this bridge makes transportation a lot easier for the residents, but it also has open the doors for tourism down in Samar and Leyte. Many foreigners have been attracted to go down the South because it became more accessible. Indeed, this bridge is world class infrastructure.
4. Nayong Pilipino
Nayong Pilipino is yet another product of the Marcos Administration. It was built in 1969 through the patronage of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Originally, Nayong Pilipino is located near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is a 32-acre theme park which features scaled-down replicas of the major tourist spots in the Philippines likes the Mayon Volcano in Bicol, Chocolate Hills in Bohol and a lot more. It is actually a theme park which presents the beauty of the Philippines. And since it is located near the airport, many foreigners really make sure that they come by this park. However, this park was demolished in 2002 to give way to the expansion of the airport. The Nayong Pilipino Foundation was asked to transfer its park operations to a new location at the Central Business Park-1 Island B & C along the ASEAN Avenue, inland Channel and Bay Boulevard in the Manila Bay Reclamation Area in Parañaque City..
5. Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP, as it is commonly called, is also a world-class infrastructure ever built in the Philippines. And surprisingly, it is another product of the Marcos Administration. Through Presidential Decree No. 33 signed in 1966, CCP’s construction was put into action. Basically, this infrastructure aims to provide performance and exhibition venues for various local and international productions. True enough, it has hosted numerous international and historical gatherings that a Filipino can really be proud of. Ever since its inauguration on September 8, 1969, the center has been a part of the rich and marvelous Filipino art, culture, and history.