New Clark City

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.

October 13, 2022

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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.

October 10, 2022

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Australian, New Zealand business set sights on New Clark City

Over 50 delegates from Australia and New Zealand visited and toured around New Clark City, the Philippines’ new frontier of development, to explore growth opportunities for automotive, agribusiness, tourism, and renewable energy, among others. One of the investment destinations highlighted in this year’s Pacific Business Mission is the New Clark City, a carefully master-planned metropolis in Capas, Tarlac being developed to help decongest Metro Manila and catalyze growth in Central Luzon, and eventually across the country. Positioning a positive trade outlook is former President and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “My wish is to have closer ties with our southernmost neighbors, Australia and New Zealand. I hope our Australian and New Zealand guests will set business in the Subic-Clark corridor and neighboring sites,” Rep. Arroyo said in a recorded message. Delegates of the Pacific Business Mission toured around the world-class facilities in New Clark City, such as the National Government Administrative Center, Aquatics Center, and Athletics Stadium. Speaking at the business mission, BCDA President and CEO Aileen R. Zosa urged more than 50 potential locators to consider New Clark City as their future home and growth hub in the Philippines. “Our jewel is Clark. We envision New Clark City to be the first smart, green, and resilient metropolis in the Philippines. The thrust of New Clark City is sustainability. It is created not just for investors, but also for the surrounding communities,” said Ms. Zosa. BCDA President and CEO Aileen Zosa discussed investment incentives, trade and investment opportunities and the potential of the rising New Clark City to Pacific Business Mission delegates. (BCDA photo) During her presentation, Ms. Zosa highlighted the sustainability features of the 9,450-hectare New Clark City, of which 70% is being preserved for green and eco-tourism ventures, while the remaining 30% is buildable. The new BCDA PCEO also presented plans of developing an affordable housing complex and the Philippines’ largest public park within the metropolis, which will emphasize non-motorized and sustainable transport-oriented development (TOD). To create a community for all regardless of background and income, Ms. Zosa said that a 34.55-hectare affordable, multi-tenure and climate-resilient housing project will soon rise in the metropolis, which will feature a river park, town center, community square, sports park, pocket parks as well as mixed-use residential and commercial developments. All of these will be connected to bus rapid transit and metro rail transit systems, among others. Ms. Zosa also discussed other projects in the pipeline, such as a world-class city management and administration services, a data center colocation facility, and a solid waste management and waste-to-energy project for New Clark City. “New Clark City lives on its vision and its mantra of really being a city of the future. I’m very glad that this 50-member business delegation is actually interested in sectors that have direct impact on particular matters, such as environment protection, digital transformation, and physical connectivity,” said Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega. The Pacific Business Mission is jointly organized by the Philippine Trade and Center in Sydney, the Philippine Board of Investments, Export Marketing Bureau, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Subic Clark and Alliance for Development Council (SCADC), and the freeport and economic zones in the Subic-Clark-Bataan Corridor.

September 7, 2022

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Hundreds of cyclists, swimmers fill New Clark City for a weekend of sports action

After a long hiatus brought about by the pandemic, hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists, swimmers, and spectators pumped energy into New Clark City, as it hosted the safe return of two of the country’s most-awaited sporting events, GoClark Sports & Events’ Clark Cycling Classic and Philippine Swimming Inc.’s Long Course Grand Prix Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series. GoClark Sports & Events hosted its Clark Cycling Classic, which features three race events, in New Clark City. (BCDA photo) A total of 230 cyclists and 13 cycling teams flocked to the New Clark City to compete in the Clark Cycling Classic event of GoClark Sports & Events, which featured a 48-kilometer Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial, as well as Mountain Bike and Gravel races. Philippine Swimming Inc. hosts the third leg of its Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series in New Clark City. (BCDA photo) Coinciding with the cycling event was the third leg of the Philippine Swimming Inc. Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series, where more than 400 swimmers from Central, Northern Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region took the stage at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. “This massive weekend of sports action cements the position of New Clark City as a leader in hosting the biggest and best sporting events in the country. This also sends a message that New Clark City is more than ready to host global sporting and entertainment events, which will also benefit the surrounding communities of this rising metropolis,” said Aileen R. Zosa, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). BCDA’s development partner for New Clark City, MTD Philippines Inc., on 27 August 2022 also launched a food and lifestyle outdoor market called “New Hive,” which is open to the public every weekend, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. (BCDA photo) To provide a platform for local merchants, MTD Philippines, Inc., BCDA’s development partner for New Clark City, launched a food and lifestyle outdoor market on 27 August 2022 called, “New Hive.” Aiming to empower local micro entrepreneurs to sell their products to a wider market, this new commercial center is open to the public every weekend from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM in the New Clark City complex. Local artists are also invited to perform and provide relaxing entertainment to both guests and passers-by. In commemoration of the National Heroes Day, over 120 participants of Ride for Valor cycled through Filinvest’s development project within New Clark City, the last leg of its historical fun ride dedicated to the unsung and unknown heroes of World War II and the Bataan Death March. Organized by the Philippine Veterans Bank on August 28, Ride for Valor was staged to raise funds for the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME), a non government organization that maintains the kilometer markers of the Bataan Death March from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac.

September 7, 2022

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PSI to hold Grand Prix qualifying race in New Clark City

In search of the best swimmers in the north, the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI), in partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), will be hosting the third leg of the 2022 PSI Long Course Grand Prix Qualifying Series in New Clark City, Tarlac this August 27 to 29. The three-day event will set the stage for more than 400 swimmers from Central Luzon, Northern Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CNL-CAR) who are vying for a spot in the 2022 PSI Grand Prix National Championships, which will also be held at the world-class Aquatics Center in New Clark City this October. It is considered as a stepping stone for aspiring athletes towards becoming one of the Philippines’ elite swimmers who will represent the country in international swimming competitions in the future. “This is our flagship grassroots event where we identify talent from among our membership across the Philippines. This event is both a qualifying event to the National Championships but also, on a bigger picture, to international events, such as the Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships,” PSI President Lani Velasco said. “A lot of our aspiring junior swimmers take this event seriously as an important step towards achieving the goal of representing the country. However, it is not limited to these high-level swimmers, but also to the developmental swimmers as it also provides a lot for the new swimmers an introduction to the competitive environment,” she added. The CNL-CAR qualifying round comes after the first and second National Capital Region (NCR) legs of the series last July 16 to 17 and August 13 to 14. It will be followed by the Mindanao leg and the last NCR qualifiers in September. The event also signals PSI’s return to New Clark City after almost one year following the PSI National Selection Meet in October 2021. Aileen R. Zosa, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer, thanked PSI for always considering New Clark City as a venue for its competitions and training camps. “BCDA is always thrilled to hold sporting events in New Clark City as we remain committed to aid in the advancement of sports in the country. If by doing so, we can help discover  up-and-coming talents with immense potential to compete on the world stage, then we will  consider it the greatest honor and service. We are glad to be chosen by PSI as the host venue for this qualifying round and the national championships, and we hope to see dreams take flight here in New Clark City, the home of Filipino athletes,” Zosa said. For Velasco, holding the competition at the New Clark City Aquatics Center does not only provide athletes with the best facilities available, but a feeling like they are competing in their home court. “BCDA has always been a strong partner in helping PSI achieve its goals. We truly appreciate the assistance BCDA has given and continues to give to PSI all these years. With BCDA, our events are not only held in a world-class venue, but also organized and carried out with the highest of standards,” she said. The New Clark City Aquatics Center is the only Fédération Internationale de Natation (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. Aside from the PSI Grand Prix qualifiers, New Clark City will also host on August 27 to 28 the GoClark Cycling Classic, which will feature individual and team trial cycling courses and a Gravel race.

August 30, 2022

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Young swimmers provide enthralling performance at National Finals in New Clark City

Over 300 young Filipino swimmers from all across the Philippines battled it out at the FINIS Short Course National Finals, which was held at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Tarlac on 20 and 21 August 2022. The country’s best homegrown swimmers made their presence felt with victories in the two-day FINIS Short Course National Finals, aimed at providing greater opportunities for quality racing to young Filipino swimmers at the grassroots level. Fourteen swimmers, aged 8 to 19, from Tarlac, Davao, Iloilo, Pangasinan and other parts of the country emerged as most outstanding swimmers at the FINIS Short Course National Finals. Northmin Stars Swimming Team of Mindanao emerged as the overall team champion with 425.50 points, followed by Megakraken Swim Team of Visayas with 365, and Dax Swim Team of Luzon with 315. Through their events and programs, FINIS Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia is hopeful that more Filipino swimmers will be provided a chance to compete in a global type of environment. “I want to inspire our young swimmers, that’s my long-time dream. Gusto kong makita silang nagko-compete sa isang torneo na parang lumalaban ka na sa international event not just sa environment, sa medalya but sa uri ng mga technical personnel,” said Mr. Garcia. FINIS Philippines is the sole authorized distributor of US-based swim gear brand FINIS, which specializes in technical devices used for swim training and competition, as well as technical swimwear. Its training products are widely used by elite swimmers and swim coaches in the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia. A foundation for bigger arenas For her part, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa said that BCDA and FINIS Philippines share a common goal of nurturing Filipino athletes to perform and achieve their highest potential through providing them with enthusiastic programs and modern sports facilities. The New Clark City Aquatics Center is the only Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)- approved swimming facility in the Philippines. It features 2,000-seating capacity, a 10-lane competition pool, eight-lane training pool and a diving pool, which were designed and installed by Myrtha Pools – an official FINA partner. Cited as the 2019 Sports Tourism Venue of the Year at the 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards, the New Clark City also houses the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village accommodation facility. New Clark City served as the main venue of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, where the athletics and aquatic events were held.

August 22, 2022

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