With a steady stream of international acts coming to the Philippines, a new and gigantic concert venue will become their second home, and effectively open up more possibilities for amazing stage design and mammoth crowds.
Indeed, all roads will lead to the state-of-the-art Philippine Arena for the upcoming Best of Best in the Philippines KPOP concert on April 12 and Katy Perry The Prismatic World Tour on May 7.
Spanning two towns in Bulacan, the Philippine Arena sits on the Ciudad de Victoria, a sprawling 75-hectare complex built by the Iglesia Ni Cristo. With a total lot area of 74,000 sq.m, and more than 50,000 seats, the massive venue was even featured by the Discovery Channel in 2013, citing it not only as the biggest in the Philippines, but also the world.
Besides the 50,000 plus seats, the arena can also accommodate another 50,000 at the live plaza for outdoor events. It has 20,000 more seats than the second largest coliseum, the Gwangmyeong Velodrome in South Korea, which has a 30,000 seating capacity. Safety is also not an issue as it is built to withstand potential natural disasters.
Fans can catch a good glimpse of their favorite K-Pop stars, as well as Katy Perry during their concerts as the seating layout allows for an ideal line of view. The layout is different from a standard arena where the stage is located in the center and surrounded by seats. The Philippine Arena follows the Greek amphitheater format in a semi-circle with seats flanking the sides and front of the stage.
Fans will also surely enjoy buying concert goods and gathering in the spacious outdoor plazas and taking in the fresh air in the gardens.
The issue of accessibility has also been addressed by the concert producers with round-trip shuttle services for both shows available via TicketWorld and SM Tickets for a small fee. Pick up locations have been designated at the Alabang Town Center, InterContinental Manila Open Carpark in Makati City, and TriNoma, Q.C. Only concert ticket holders are allowed to purchase the shuttle tickets.
Tickets for the Best of Best in the Philippines on April 12 and Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour on May 7 are available in stores and online at SM Tickets and TicketWorld.