Over 180 young swimmers from 22 teams joined the two-day 2022 FINIS Long Course Swimming Competition (Luzon Leg) that took place at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. Top 16 swimmers from age 6 to 19 years old belonging to different group brackets of this event will now qualify for the national finals and forms part of the grassroots development program being supported by New Clark City.
The Rotary Club of Makati San Antonio is here at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium for the Grabeng Gravel Challenge This Charity Ride for a Cause is for the support of the Philippine Cancer Society that comes with a Cancer Mobile Clinic, which provides free screening and check up for breast and cervical cancer. The charity event started at 6am today, 27 November 2022 and was graced by 220 participants to show solidarity and support. Participants completed the distances of 50kms and 100kms on the mixed terrains in New Clark City, Capas, Bamban and Concepcion. Here are some moments of the event.
The country’s best young swimmers showed their power and dedication as they battled it out during the 2022 Philippine Swimming Inc. Short Course National Championships at the world-class New Clark City Aquatics Center! The competition also serves as a qualifier for the upcoming FINA World Swimming Championships this December in Melbourne, Australia.
The best and brightest young swimmers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao vie for pride and glory here in FINIS Short Course National Finals in New Clark City.
Aquatics Center welcomes more than 150 young Filipino swimmers from Central and North Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Metro Manila, as it hosts the 85th Central Northern Luzon-CAR Swimming Coaches Association Invitational Friendship meet. This cements New Clark City’s position as the training venue of choice of athletes from all walks of life. The two-day swim meet is aligned with the grassroots program of CNLCSCA, which aims to create a new generation of talented and promising swimmers who can represent the country in the international arena.
Around 650 professional and amateur duathletes participate in a test of strength and endurance here at the first ever New Clark City Duathlon. This event aims to continue honing well-rounded athletes, stir up more interest in endurance sports, and expand the talent pool for decades to come. There’s definitely no stopping the gold tradition in Clark!
Inspired by the natural beauty and key features of Central Luzon, the new Clark International Airport (CRK) terminal in Pampanga and the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in Tarlac are both in the running for prestigious global design awards. The new CRK airport terminal is one of six airport finalists at the 2021 Prix Versailles World Architecture and Design Award, while the New Clark City Athletics Stadium has been shortlisted among the world’s best completed buildings at the World Architecture Festival. UNESCO’s Prix Versailles recognizes architecture that fosters a better interaction between economy and culture, and includes a range of categories from airports to shopping malls. Other finalists in the airport category are New York’s LaGuardia airport, Germany’s Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, Greece’s Athens International Airport (South Wing), Kazakhstan’s Hazrat Sultan International Airport, and New Zealand’s New Plymouth Airport. For its part, the Lisbon-based World Architecture Festival is one of the world’s largest architectural events, highlighted by its awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing international excellence in architecture. Other finalists under the sport category are Japan’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Australia’s Ken Rosewall Arena Redevelopment and Rod Laver Arena, USA’s Carolina Panthers Training Facility, Norway’s BÃƒ¸lgen Bath and Leisure Centre, as well as the United Arab Emirates’ Al Janoub Stadium. Just a few of the elements infused in the design of the new gateway are the silhouettes and lines of Mount Arayat and the Zambales mountains. The crater of Mount Pinatubo, meanwhile, stands proud in the design of the New Clark City Athletics Stadium. “These global recognitions mark a milestone in modern Filipino architecture and design, reflecting local heritage and talent,” said Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon. “We in government are very proud that the beauty of the Philippines, particularly of Central Luzon, will be discussed and highlighted on the international stage because of these architectural masterpieces. To the thousands of Filipino workers, from masons to designers, engineers and architects, involved in the Athletics Stadium and the new Clark terminal, our sincerest gratitude to all of you.” Silhouetting majestic nature CRK is the only airport in Southeast Asia to be included in the 2021 Prix Versailles World Architecture and Design Award. This is also the first time a Philippine airport has made it to the Prix Versailles list. BCDA and the Department of Transportation are the implementing agencies of the CRK New Passenger Terminal Building. The structure of the new CRK terminal was built by the consortium of Megawide Construction Corporation and GMR Infrastructure, with Budji+Royal Architecture+Design as the architect. Meanwhile, the operations and maintenance of CRK are being overseen by Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD), a consortium of Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings, Changi Airports Philippines and Philippine Airport Ground Solutions. LIPAD appointed Populous and Casas+Architects for the gateway’s fit-out and interior design. CRK passengers and visitors will be greeted with the view of Sacobia mountain ranges in the west, and Mount Arayat towards the east. “Passenger experience was at the heart of this design,” said Populous Principal Architect Ben Dawson. “We brought our world-leading experience in aviation design to create a space that is international in its standards for passengers while delivering a strong sense of place and cultural heritage for Filipinos,” Dawson added. Accents of green and blue at CRK not just emulate the greenery and the landscape of Central Luzon, but also serve as an intuitive reference point for passengers and visitors. The green represents the landscape of Mount Arayat, which faces the domestic boarding gates, while blue refers to the waters of Manila Bay, which faces the international boarding gates. The inspiration behind the design of the new CRK terminal is the melding of Central Luzon’s natural and cultural heritage, which is manifested in the play of shapes, textures, and forms in its facilities. “Nature was a major source of CRK’s inspiration during its conception as it presents, with emphasis, our identity as Filipinos. The silhouette and its permeable character highlight its environment and people. Its majesty is not about standing out amidst what is around it but rather it is about taking part in the grand orchestra of the place,” said Royal Pineda, principal architect of Budji+Royal. Equipped with contactless bag drops, check-in counters, and an ordering system, the new CRK terminal will be able to serve up to 8 million passengers annually. Once its doors open by the end of 2021, CRK passengers and visitors will also enjoy other inclusive features like a transit lounge for overseas Filipino workers and a separate exclusive lounge for soldiers and police officers. The new CRK terminal is the first hybrid public-private partnership project that was planned, constructed and completed–from start to finish–under the Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration. Embodying Filipino spirit With a 20,000-seating capacity, a nine-lane 400-meter track and field, and another four-lane warm-up track, the New Clark City Athletics Stadium served as a venue for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019. BCDA tapped Budji+Royal to be its architectural partner for the stadium. “Ã¢â‚¬â€¹Ã¢â‚¬â€¹To have this opportunity to share the New Clark City Athletics Stadium’s authentic nature and identity with our colleagues and an international audience makes me really very happy and proud. That was the objective anyway – to present our variety as modern Filipinos through architecture and design,” said Pineda, noting that the design celebrates Mount Pinatubo and Filipino resilience. Aside from the crater of Mount Pinatubo, the stadium’s design also drew inspiration from the contours of the Sierra Madre ranges and the festive details of the parols of Pampanga. New Clark City Athletics Stadium is the first major sports hub constructed by the government since the completion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in 1934. It is also the first-ever facility in the country to receive a Class 1 certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The facility’s design was ably executed by MTD Philippines, BCDA’s development partner in New Clark City.
After the disruption in sports activities due to the spread of the Delta variant, New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac is reopening its doors to Filipino athletes with the hosting of the 2021 Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) National Selection Bubble from October 22 to 24. A total of 71 local swimmers will face the national tryouts at the world-class Aquatics Center in a bid to qualify for the 15th Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Swimming Championships 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this December, and the 19th FINA World Championships 2022 to be held in Fukuoka, Japan in May next year. The PSI event was originally scheduled for August 28 to 30, with approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, but was postponed due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, which warranted the reimposition of stricter mobility restrictions. Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, Officer-in-Charge of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), said the event not only showcases the world-class facilities in Clark, but also signals the country’s resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a home for Filipino athletes, New Clark City is proud to host this swimming event and help the country’s hopefuls go for gold in international competitions. Through the PSI bubble, our countrymen can see that the country is on the path towards healing, with our athletes serving as icons of determination and strength despite the odds,” Batuhan said. PSI President Lani Velasco echoed the sentiment, adding that the event seeks to inspire athletes to continue their efforts despite the pandemic. “We hope that the event can show to the youth that we can rise again and recover from this pandemic. We hope to encourage current swimmers to train even more to reach their dreams. We also hope to encourage more individuals to take on the sport. After more than a year of not holding events, the 2021 PSI Swimming National Selection Bubble is only the beginning of more events to come,” she said. The 2021 PSI Swimming National Selection Meet is hosted by BCDA, its subsidiary Clark Development Corp. (CDC), and PSI, the country’s governing body for aquatic sports. The competition will be held at the New Clark City Aquatics Center, the only FINA-approved swimming facility in the country. Athletes, coaches and staff will be billeted at the Hotel Stotsenberg in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. “Aside from being a world-class facility, the New Clark City Aquatics Center is our venue of choice simply because of how BCDA manages it, especially given the current health crisis. While it is important for PSI to be able to host a national selection event for our grassroots swimmers, we also equally value the health and safety of our participants. We believe that BCDA has the experience and expertise to deal with both our technical needs and all other needs brought about by the pandemic,” Velasco said. BCDA, in partnership with CDC, already has a growing track record of hosting sports bubbles with the completion of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup last year, the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in June, and the PhilCycling National Trials for Road, all in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Both agencies also managed the pre-Olympic training camp of the Israel national swimming team last August at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. Batuhan assured that strict health and safety protocols will be implemented during the upcoming swimming tryouts. For one, movement of bubble participants will be limited to the hotel and the training venue. Vaccinated bubble participants are required to take an RT-PCR test, followed by home isolation. They will take more tests (RT-PCR and antigen) before isolating at Hotel Stotsenberg until the result is known. Unvaccinated participants took an additional RT-PCR test last October 13. In case a participant tests positive inside the bubble, Hotel Stotsenberg has rooms allocated for isolation. Partner hospitals, namely The Medical City Clark and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center Clark, will also be on standby to provide medical care.
No events at year 2020.
The water polo competition is one of the four aquatic sports along with swimming, diving, and open water swimming held at the Aquatics Center in New Clark City during the 2019 SEA Games. Among the squad that caught the imagination of sports fans in the country at the 30th SEA Games is the Philippine Men’s National Water Polo Team who capped their magical run with silver while other record-breaking performances by athletes from other countries were also celebrated. Singapore’s star swimmer, and 30th SEA Games gold medalist, Joseph Schooling has described the FINA-certified pool at the Aquatics Center as “beautiful.” But aside from the aesthetics of the entire structure, there are technologies inside the center that support optimum athletic performance that athletes like Schooling have been raving about.
NCC has made a dazzling debut during the 30th SEA Games from 30 November to 11 December 2019 with 92 competitions held here for the first time. Both venues were packed with Filipino sports fans and visitors from neighboring countries and this crowd swelled to as much as 15,000 during the closing ceremony highlighted by performances of Apl.de.Ap, an international singer, Filipino-American rapper, and record producer best known as a member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas.
The first public sports event held in New Clark City gathered 1,160 professional and non-professional triathletes in the Philippines with more than 5,000 spectators also joining this two-day event hosted by BCDA in partnership with GoClark Sports and Events. The NCC Triathlon also served as a send-off for the national triathletes who competed in the regional biennial meet. Aside from elite triathletes like Nikko Huelgas and John “Rambo” Chicano, celebrity athletes and kids ages 8 to 14 years old were given the chance to participate in the race that is expected to be staged in NCC every year.
Over 50 members of the University of the Philippines swimming team trained at the Aquatics Center with the UP men’s swimming team captain Hans Chua calling the facility “the first of its kind in the Philippines that will really help the development of competitive swimming in the country.”
To drumbeat support from sports community, preliminary and qualifying events for athletics were held in NCC in partnership with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) with its President Philip Juico saying that the New Clark City facilities are at par with the sports facilities of the other countries he had visited such as the ones in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
The first in a series of preliminary and qualifying events for swimming was held in NCC in partnership with the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI). The 1st Philippine National Open Swimming Championships at the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center gathered national athletes including those who were training abroad and looking for world-class and Olympic certified facilities to compete and train in New Clark City for the first time.
No events at year 2018.