MANILA, Philippines – A 70-hectare land in Bulacan is currently being developed in efforts to boost tourism and real estate north of Manila.
The Ciudad de Victoria, or “City of Victory,” is envisioned as a mixed-use, tourism enterprise city that aims to spark development in the north and at the same time decongest Metro Manila.
"Normally, when real estate companies start a development, you can already expect the congestion that comes with it. But with the development of Ciudad de Victoria, we're glad that instead of creating more congestion, we're decongesting Metro Manila," said Dr. Isagani Germar, co-chairman of the New San Jose Builders Inc. (NSJBI), one of the developers of the project.
"But among other significant reasons, NSJBI has endeavored into the development of Ciudad de Victoria not for a money-making venture at all, but really, because we want to be of significant help in this historical project that would yet again put the Philippines in a global scale," he added.
The Philippine Arena
At the center of the rising city is the Philippine Arena, the largest indoor arena in the world.
The arena, which was constructed by NSJBI and designed by Australia-based Populous, has a seating capacity of over 55,000 people and a total lot area of 74,000 square meters.
"The arena is unique because it has a different configuration. Unlike other arenas where the stage is located at the center, the Philippine Arena has its stage at one side, while the audience arcs around it. Even with its size, it doesn't have a single column at the middle, instead, a sturdy perimeter serves as its support," said Germar.
"It was well-studied by Populous, and it really challenged us to bring to life such a sophisticated design. With such a structure, normally it would take five years to have it completed, but because of the challenge, we had completed it in three years' time," he added.
The arena was inaugurated on July 21, in time for the 100th founding anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo, which commissioned the building.
"When we were there during the inauguration of the structure, it was an unforgettable moment indeed. It was too good to be true," Germar said.
The Ciudad de Victoria will also feature the Eraño G. Manalo Medical Center, the Bulacan campus of New Era University, the Philippine Stadium and the Philippine Sports Center.
The Filipino-owned NSJBI also serves as the project manager for the entire development, along with its partners while the designers are completing the other details and structures.
Building Filipino Dream
NSJBI is also the developer behind the 400-hectare Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a historical resort park in Bataan that displays Filipino talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship.
Las Casas is fast becoming a popular tourism destination for its heritage houses, which were deconstructed from different parts of the country, and then rebuilt for preservation.
Aside from its grand projects, NSJBI is also the developer behind residential properties, namely Victoria Towers at the crossroads of Panay Avenue and Timog Avenue in Quezon City; Victoria Tower D, Victoria Station 1, and Victoria Station 2 linked to the MRT on Edsa and Timog Avenue in Quezon City; Victoria de Manila 1 and Victoria de Manila 2 right in the center of Taft Avenue in Manila; Victoria de Makati near Ayala Avenue in Makati; Victoria de Morato in Quezon City; Fort Victoria in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig; and Isabelle de Valenzuela.
NSJBI aims to be known as the developer that understands and provides the Filipinos’ needs and wants, and offers solutions to fulfill the Filipino dream of acquiring a home that they can call their own.