New Clark City chosen as venue for Asian swimming championship in 2023

In recognition of its world-class facilities and pools, the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Tarlac has been chosen by the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF) as the host venue for the 11th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships to be held in November 2023.

The competition–which will include four aquatic disciplines, namely, swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming–is slated to be the first international competition in New Clark City since the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019. 

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will be the organizer of the event, with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) serving as a partner for the venue. 

“It was in December 2019 when we decided to host the Asian Age Group Swimming Championship here in New Clark City, after the success of the SEA Games. Today, we announce the one year countdown of the championship, which will happen in November 2023,” AASF Secretary General Taha S. Al Kishry said. 

To formalize the event hosting in New Clark City, the AASF Secretary General and the POC President on Wednesday, November 23, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA), as witnessed by BCDA Senior Vice President for Corporate Services Arrey A. Perez.  

“This is truly an opportunity for us to show our facilities and homegrown talents. Thank you to AASF for choosing the Philippines to host this great event,” Mr. Tolentino said. 

Aside from the venue, the agreement also sets the requirements for the hosting of the Asian Age Group Championships, in accordance with AASF and Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) rules.

Photo caption: AASF Secretary General Taha Al Kishry and POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino sealed today a memorandum of agreement to host the 11th Asian Age Group Swimming Championship happening next year in New Clark City. More than 40 swimming federations across the region are expected to join.

For BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa, the upcoming competition serves as another step towards achieving New Clark City’s vision of becoming a center of sports excellence in the country. 

“We express our utmost gratitude to the AASF for its continued trust in the BCDA and for choosing New Clark City to host the region’s best swimmers for the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships next year. We are one with AASF’s vision of advancing the development of aquatic sports in the region, by ensuring a high-level competition that is compliant with international standards,” Ms. Zosa said.

Mr. Perez, for his part, said this momentous competition will further cement New Clark City’s position as a prime venue for sporting events.

“Our promise is this: we are with you in your vision of advancing the development of aquatic sports in the region, by ensuring a high-level competition that is of global standards,” Mr. Perez said.
AASF is the governing body of aquatic sports in Asia and is duly recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia and FINA. Its mission is to elevate the importance and level of aquatics in the continent by organizing championships, activities and events which encourages the participation of its 45 National Federation members. 

The New Clark City Aquatics Center is the only FINA-approved swimming facility in the Philippines. With a total seating capacity of 2,000, it features a 10-lane competition pool, eight-lane training pool and a diving pool.

The competition pool, the training pool, and the diving well were designed and installed by Myrtha Pools, an official FINA partner and leading builder of made-to-measure competition pools. The New Clark City Aquatics Center is part of the National Government Administrative Center Phase 1 project.

Hawaii-based Filipino investors eye opportunities in Clark

Photo caption: Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa updates members of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii about the latest developments in New Clark City, as well as upcoming projects and available investment opportunities in the area. BCDA photo

To explore potential areas for investment and growth opportunities in Central Luzon, over 40 Filipino investors and entrepreneurs based in Hawaii, USA, toured New Clark City and Clark Freeport Zone on Tuesday, October 25.

The Clark tour was organized as part of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s (FCCH) 30th Goodwill and Trade Mission to the Philippines, led by Philippine Consul General to Hawaii Emil Fernandez and Vice Consul Jomar Sadie. The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), together with the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) and Subic-Clark Alliance Development Council (SCADC) hosted the site visit.

With a focus on the world-class facilities and sustainable features of Clark, this leg of the trade mission was aimed at positioning Clark and Central Luzon as a prime investment destination for the Filipino business community in Hawaii. 

BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa urged the contingent to consider investing in New Clark City as they pursue avenues of growth in the Philippines. 

“We encourage you to take a look at New Clark City, which is envisioned to be the country’s next smart, sustainable and green metropolis. Partner with us and be a part of this city’s growth story,”  Zosa said. 

Rynah Ventura, CDC vice president for Business Development and Business Enhancement, also sought FCCH’s support in generating more interest in Clark. 

“This trade mission is an important initiative that will allow our industry leaders to explore the various investment opportunities in Clark and the Philippines. We fervently hope that this will also stimulate more interest, meaningful collaboration, and stronger ties with our business sectors from across the globe,” Ventura said. 

Photo caption: Clark Development Corp. Vice President for Business Development and Business Enhancement Rynah Ventura briefs Hawaii-based Filipino investors on the current business environment in the Clark Freeport Zone. BCDA photo

Established in 1954, FCCH aims to empower the Filipino business community in Hawaii by fostering trade and investment opportunities. Filipinos currently make up one of the largest minority groups in Hawaii.

FCCH conducted its first Goodwill and Trade Mission to the Philippines in 1963, with the purpose of improving the relationship between Hawaii and the Philippines. Through this trade mission, FCCH helps its members strengthen business ties in the Philippines, and with that, promoting the growth and prosperity of Filipinos based in Hawaii.

Photo caption: Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Chairman and concurrent Clark Development Corp. Chairman Edgardo D. Pamintuan welcomes delegates from the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to Clark. BCDA photo
Photo caption: Members of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce tour the New Clark City Athletics Stadium as part of the chamber’s 30th Goodwill and Trade Mission to the Philippines.

New Clark City Sports Complex bags special recognition at Philippines’ most prestigious property awards

The New Clark City Sports Complex was recognized for its innovative planning, architecture, and design by the biggest and most credible industry awards in the archipelago, the 10th PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards.

The country’s real estate leaders recently gathered at the 10th PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards anniversary gala to celebrate and give recognition to Filipino excellence in property development, architecture, and design. Among those who brought home big wins was New Clark City Sports Complex, which was awarded the Special Recognition For Public Facility.

“This feat is truly a testament to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority’s (BCDA) constant efforts to provide Filipinos the best public facilities possible by embedding sustainability, gender diversity and gender sensitivity, and smart components from planning to design and implementation,” said BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa. 

“With the help of our development partner MTD Philippines, architectural consultant Budji+Royal Architecture+Design, and all the men and women who worked on the Sports Complex, the New Clark City Sports Complex was born to give Filipinos a modern public facility they can be proud of,” Ms. Zosa added.

Opened in 2019, the New Clark City Sports Complex is the first major sports hub constructed by the government since the completion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in 1934. The sports complex currently comprises three major facilities, namely the World Athletics-certified Athletics Stadium, Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)-approved Aquatics Center, and the 525-unit Athletes’ Village.

The sports complex of New Clark City was put on the global map when it hosted the athletics and aquatic events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Today, it hosts the safe return of the country’s much-awaited sporting events, from triathlon to swimming to football.

True to its vision of becoming the future home of athletes, New Clark City also houses the National Academy of Sports (NAS), a green and climate-resilient learning center and training ground for deserving Filipino scholar-athletes.

“Our promise is to continue building on our vision for New Clark City so we can open up more opportunities and provide a smart, sustainable and inclusive haven not just to those who live and work within the metropolis, but also to its surrounding communities,” said BCDA Officer-in-Charge Executive Vice President Atty. Gisela Z. Kalalo, who received the special recognition on behalf of the organization.

This special recognition is the latest of the awards New Clark City Sports Complex bagged in the past years. 

The 20,000-seater New Clark City Athletics Stadium in 2021 received recognition from the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in the Completed Buildings – Sport Category, and was also shortlisted for the Engineering Prize of the same competition. In December 2020, the New Clark City was cited as the 2019 Sports Tourism Venue of the Year at the 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards. 

Philippine Science High School breaks ground for Infinitum campus in New Clark City

The Philippine Science High School (PSHS), in partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), has recently broken ground the 4.6-hectare Infinitum learning resource center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, which is envisioned to become the center for 21st-century learning and service continuity for the entire PSHS system.

Targeted to be operational by 2026, the Infinitum will serve as a campus for its senior high school students and a resource center for teachers and professionals. It will house a multi-purpose academic building with 24 classrooms, case rooms, library, faculty room, and a dining hall; a research center for chemistry, physics, environmental science and biology; a technology hub for computer science, mathematics and humanities; an innovation center; a training center; dormitories; administration building; and a summer camp area.

PSHS Central Luzon Campus Director Theresa Anne O. Diaz said the Infinitum’s state-of-the-art facilities, advanced laboratories and immersive academic spaces form part of the modernization efforts of PSHS, which are aimed toward the continuous development of students as well as teaching and non-teaching employees. She added that the Infinitum will also accommodate the increasing student and employee population in PSHS’ existing campus at the Clark Freeport Zone.

“I’d like to thank the BCDA for making the PSHS a part of this beautiful project of sustainable communities. When we were beginning, nakita ko po ‘yung grand project for New Clark City and it is very, very beautiful,” said Ms. Diaz.

PSHS Central Luzon Campus Director Theresa Anne O. Diaz leads the lowering and sealing of the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of PSHS Infinitum, a modern education facility expected to rise in New Clark City. BCDA photo

Under the approved master development plan, 80 percent of the total campus area will be open space, while only 20 percent will be occupied. This is in line with the sustainability guidelines of New Clark City.

For BCDA President and CEO Aileen R. Zosa, the rise of PSHS’ Infinitum campus in New Clark City will be an important driver of the knowledge-based industries that will locate in New Clark City, providing the much-needed scientists, technicians and specialists that make up the outstanding human resources pool in the city.

“At a time when Central and Northern Luzon are primed for growth, the rise of the state-of-the-art Infinitum in New Clark City will enable us to provide more opportunities for quality education to the next generation of leaders here. This way, we can ensure that, in decades to come, the next generation can sustain – or even surpass – the growth we are helping to build here,” said Ms. Zosa.

During the groundbreaking event, BCDA Senior Vice President for Conversion and Development Engr. Joshua M. Bingcang highlighted the importance of continuous and well-rounded education and learning in the economic and national development of communities.

“One of my selling points when I present and market abroad with business leaders on why they should invest in New Clark City is Philippine Science High School. I said that New Clark City will be the home of brilliant minds from students today who will produce great ideas in the future. So we take pride in that. You chose New Clark City to be the home for your new campus,” said Engr. Bingcang.

“With this campus – it augurs well with our vision for Central Luzon that is now in its prime for growth… It shows that the hope is really there for our country through your facility that you are building for us,” he added.

Engr. Joshua Bingcang, BCDA Senior Vice President for Conversion and Development, shares the “sustainability, smart attributes, and gender sensitivity” features in the master plan of the PSHS Infinitum, which were in the shared objectives of PSHS and BCDA for the new campus. BCDA photo

It was in April 2016 when the BCDA and PSHS signed a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of a campus for senior high school students, as well as a learning resource center for teachers, administrative support, and other professionals in New Clark City. The PSHS then submitted a master development plan for Infinitum, which was approved in August 2021 by the BCDA Board of Directors. 

As an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the PSHS system contributes to nation-building by helping the country attain a critical mass of professionals and leaders in the science and technology field. 

In a written message read during the program, DOST Secretary Renato Solidum, Jr. is pleased with the continuous evolution of PSHS and for raising its bar of education standards. He added that its students are “fortunate to have the opportunity of experiencing quality education and learning experience through modern facilities.“

UCFC to hold football matches in New Clark City

CAPAS, TARLAC. Philippines Football League (PFL) defending champion United City Football Club (UCFC) is set to hold football matches at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in the coming months, bringing excitement to football fans in Central Luzon.

UCFC will be battling against the Azkals Development Team on October 22 at this world-class facility, making it the first football game to be held in New Clark City since it was built in 2019. This will be followed by another match against Stallion Laguna FC on November 5.

Through these matches, UCFC seeks to show its commitment to raise Central Luzon’s banner in the football scene.

“To represent Central Luzon and bring football to the local community is a major step in the development of professional football in the country. Football is all about belonging, therefore our matches need to be played within the community we are representing, which is Clark in Central Luzon,” UCFC President Eric Gottschalk said.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa gave her warm welcome to UCFC, and extended BCDA’s commitment to give the best football experience to the teams playing in New Clark City and their fans.

“World-class sports facilities, safe environment, and stunning views–New Clark City can offer all of these and more. We are excited that UCFC chose New Clark City Athletics Stadium as the venue for its matches, and we hope to bring pride to players who will be coming to play here,” Zosa said.

Tickets for the matches are available on the UCFC website at www.unitedcityfootballclub.com.

UCFC joined the PFL as one of the founding teams of the professional league in 2017. Since then, the team has bagged the national championships four times–in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

This PFL Season, which started in August 2022 and will run until May 2023, UCFC is competing against six other teams to bring home the championship trophy and qualify for the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League Group Stage in August.

UCFC is expected to hold in New Clark City two more matches before the end of the year and at least six more until April 2023.

Certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the New Clark City Athletics Stadium has a 20,000-seating capacity with a nine-lane 400-meter track and field, and another four-lane warm-up track.

It was nominated as among the world’s best stadiums in the Stadium of the Year Awards in 2020. The following year, the facility received the Highly Commended recognition from the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in the Completed Buildings – Sport Category, and was also shortlisted for the Engineering Prize of the same competition.

Virology Institute expected to rise in New Clark City


The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has allocated a five-hectare land in New Clark City for the construction of the proposed Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP).

The lot has been identified and earmarked under an agreement signed by the BCDA and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently, bringing the government one step closer towards the formation of the country’s premier virology research institute that will strengthen our wall of protection against infectious diseases.

“BCDA recognizes the value of this virology research center in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as any other infectious diseases which may endanger us in the future. That is why the BCDA entered into this arrangement with DOST for a property in New Clark City, which will host this significant institution,” BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa said.

While waiting for Congress to pass the bill proposing the establishment of VIP, the DOST has started its research and preparations for this undertaking. These include the negotiations and signing of an agreement with BCDA.

Under the agreement, BCDA shall be allocating a five-hectare parcel of land in New Clark City for a period of 50 years, which may be extended for another 25 years.

The site development and construction of the VIP facilities shall be financed by the DOST, and completed within six years from the signing of the agreement.

Furthermore, the DOST shall submit within six months from the signing a Comprehensive Development Plan for the property, which must comply with the New Clark City Comprehensive Development Master Plan, and Design Standards and Guidelines. This ensures that the property will adhere to principles of smart, sustainable and safe design.

The VIP complex shall comprise the following: administration building, lecture hall, good manufacturing product building, human and animal virology laboratory, plant virology laboratory, animal isolation, Biosafety Level 3 and 4 laboratory building, plant cultivation area, dormitory, power station, and a sewage treatment plant.

In view of the health sector’s emerging needs brought about by COVID-19, the VIP has been a priority of the Marcos administration, along with the proposed Centers for Disease Control, due to their importance in boosting the Philippines’ capacity in dealing with current and future pandemics.