No funds for Clark Expo amphitheatre repair – exec-A A +A
Sunday, October 20, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said the state-owned corporation appropriated no funds to reinforce and repair an amphitheatre inside the Clark Expo here.
Franco Madlangbyan, CDC vice president for Operations, said the facility has already been leased to Education City, an Australian school offering English language and vocational courses.
A portion of the amphitheatre’s tensile tent fell during the onslaught of Typhoon “Santi” a few weeks back.
According to Madlangbayan, the administration of Education City earlier called the attention of the CDC management about the deteriorating condition of the amphitheatre.
“We advised them not to use the amphitheatre because it is no longer safe,” Madlangbayan said.
Clark Expo (formerly Expo Pilipino) was the Philippine National Centennial Exposition and centerpiece of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.
The 60-hectare heritage and entertainment park is a celebration of the Filipino's history, culture, and achievements in the past 100 years, as well as aspirations for the next millennium.
This was a project of the National Centennial Commission and the Philippine Centennial Exposition Corporation.
The 35,000-seat capacity amphitheater is a favorite venue for major concerts and shows, ecumenical services and political rallies.
The site is the home of the Nayong Pilipino, the country’s cultural park.
In early 2010, the site was re-launched as Clark Education City by the Australian International Training and Management group.
The National Government spent P3.5 billion (US$ 63.64 million) for the construction of the Expo Pilipino.
Then President Fidel Ramos directed three government agencies – the Social Security System, the Government Service Insurance System, and the Land Bank of the Philippines -- to lend a total of P1.4 billion (US$ 25.45 million) to the joint venture.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 21, 2013.