With the MVP Group led by Manny Pangilinan pushing the envelop for the Philippines to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup, it has created a boom in stadium and sports venue construction. First, the Philippine Arena, next the Philippine Sports Stadium and now provincial venues are going to be constructed as well. In fact, Cebu, Davao and now Bacolod will have their own spanking new, gargantuan and modern indoor arenas in time for the biggest basketball tournament that we last hosted in 1978.

The Solaire Group has also joined in the fray by building another state of the art basketball arena in the capital. Mayor Monico Puentebella, former commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, is also planning to have one in Bacolod. These venues would suffice the requirements needed by the international basketball federation for the Philippines’ hosting bid.

But a sneak peak shows what it is all about:


It has a space-age design with twisting glass membranes and durian-like roof (similar to the Singapore's Esplanade). The turquoise color scheme reminds me of the USLS Stingers Arena, the home of MBA's Negros Slashers. Maybe its high time to relive the Cebu-Negros rivalry since the former will have the Seaside City Arena soon!

Envision this arena hosting  PBA games and maybe FIBA competitions soon!



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