I understand that the PRFU (the governing body of rugby) and the Ayalas would want to use Rizal for their upcoming home matches for the Asian 5 Nations elite tournament next year. However, given the circumstances the PFF and the PSC are going through at the moment, they had to intervene with these matters concerning upgrading the facilities, as they don't have a suitable rugby-specific stadium as of date.
As to the football federation, they must act fast before any bad compromise would go into the AFF and AFC's side to let them disallow hosting rights in major tournaments like the Suzuki Cup and the Challenge Cup in the PI and for Fifa to revoke funding.
"Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)
This is PSC's answer via PSC FB. Posted by Azkal fan on Azkals FB
PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) For the information of all concerned, the agreement with the PFF on the renovation of the RM Football field was put on hold because of conditions set by FIFA that will allow them to have control over the use of the field for over 25 years. This will be a problem because the Rizal Memorial Football Field is not only for the use of the Azkals but for many other sporting events particularly public schools (DepEd), government agencies, and many other leagues.
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PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) The $500,000 pledged by FIFA is still a grant to the PFF who will try to find an alternate site that will be used exclusively by FIFA. The PSC will start bidding for renovation of the field to place an artificial turf and widen the playing surface to accommodate both football and rugby. By spending our own funds we will be able to allow all interested parties to use a world class field with a lot of history.
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PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) We are also in the process of renovating the track oval in Philsports to use the same quality track as that used in the Beijing and London Olympics. Philsports will be used exclusively for athletics in order to allow the field to be used for throwing events that in the past has damaged the football pitch in Rizal Memorial.
Ok din naman pala ang intensiyon hinintay pang magreact ng kung ano ano ang mga tao at mag speculate.. So, sana may makitang venue na bago para irenovate.. At sariling pera ng mga pinoy investors ang gamitin sa RMS para lahat ng events nga ma accommodate. Fingers Crossed!!!... Sana.. Sana talaga..
If you build it, they will come By Stephen Norries A. Padilla Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:22 pm | Sunday, August 26th, 2012
How would you like to have a world-class football stadium here in the Philippines?
With the Filipinos’ growing love for the sport, it may not be long before we finally have one in our own backyard.
The United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary-University of the Philippines-Diliman (UAPSA-UPD) is already taking steps to make this dream closer to reality.
The organization has launched Alterchitecture 2012, its annual architectural design competition “that seeks to revolutionize perspectives on the development of built environment through progressive design and sustainable architectural innovation.”
Registration starts in September and the tentative deadline for submission of entries is December.
This year, UAPSA-UPD challenges participants to design a world-class football stadium with modern amenities and a minimum seating capacity of 80,000.
The stadium should be a place for athletic excellence, a manifestation of Filipino culture and pride, and an icon for the country.
It should be capable of hosting international events but flexible enough to be used for other purposes in the off-season. The structure should also be sustainable and responsive to the local climate, culture and society.
Winners will receive cash prizes and their designs will be exhibited in various events in different venues.
Alterchitecture 2012, which is open to architecture students and fresh graduates, aims to “speculate, break and innovate” by involving students more in problem-seeking, giving them free reign “to identify and reflect on how to adapt building types to the Filipino contemporary way of living and to find innovative solutions to problems they will encounter.”
Showcase of skills
It also provides students a chance to showcase their skills in architectural conceptualization, design and presentation, while offering them avenues for immersion, exploration and learning.
“It pushes the architectural profession forward,” said Yndia Soriano, UAPSA-UPD chapter president. “It’s also a breath of fresh air, especially for new graduates. Unlike in the real world where they are usually constrained by client requirements and budget, here they’re designing for themselves. They have more freedom.”
The idea to focus on the design of a football stadium was inspired by the sudden rise to fame of the Azkals, the Philippine football team. UAPSA-UPD members felt Rizal Memorial Stadium, where most football games and athletic events in the country were held, had become obsolete and inadequate in serving the growing needs of local athletes and sports fans.
This year’s competition will also benefit local football players as part of the proceeds from Alterchitecture 2012 will be given to Team Philippines that competes in the Homeless World Cup, an annual tournament for teams of homeless and marginalized young adults all over the world.
Those interested to join Alterchitecture 2012 may enter as individuals or as a group of no more than three members. Participants may submit multiple entries, but each entry should be registered individually.
P500 for every entry
Registration fee is P500 for each entry submitted. Payment should be made through the Philippine National Bank: Account name – United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary – University of the Philippines-Diliman; account number – 417545200017.
Each submission must include a concept statement, not exceeding 500 words, of the design; architectural plans, sections, elevation, exterior and interior perspectives; and other materials needed to communicate effectively the design intent, like diagrams and photos.
Submissions should be printed and mounted on 20×30 boards in landscape format. Each should be accompanied by a brown envelope containing the accomplished copy of the entry form and a CD for the soft copy of the boards in .jpeg format and 300 dpi in resolution.
Entries must be submitted to the Competition Secretariat Alterchitecture 2012, College of Architecture Complex, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.
Entries will be judged according to innovation, sustainability, aesthetics and presentation.
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PFF upgrading Rizal Memorial Football Stadium for potential Suzuki Cup home match
The Philippine Football Federation is currently exerting all of its efforts to make the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium a viable home venue for the national football team should it advance to the semifinals of the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.
When the Azkals reached the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup two years ago, the Filipinos were forced to play their home match in Indonesia due to a lack of venue that meets the organizers’ standard. Indonesia won the series on aggregate, 2-0, to end the team’s surprising run in the tournament.
PFF communications head Ebong Joson said that they are now providing the necessary facilities required by the AFF and its marketing partner World Sports Group to make the Rizal Stadium eligible to host the home match of the Azkals if they move on the semifinals.
“We feel confident that we’ll pass,” Joson told InterAKTV. “I’m very confident na as long as di bumagyo, papasa tayo sa field condition.”
“The upgrading of the 1200 minimum required floodlights is (also) currently being done.”
Joson added that the AFF wants the country to host its home match in the semifinals since the Azkals are no longer a surprise team, as compared to before.
“They still want it to happen. (They told me that) ‘we want you because you’re such a strong team now,” Joson said.
However, Joson said that the the 2010 incident may happen again if the Rizal Stadium still doesn’t pass the AFF’s standards when it makes its final inspection on November 8.
“It’s Rizal (Stadium) or bust. That’s why it’s very crucial,” Joson said. “That’s why it just can’t be Rizal. In the future, we should make more infrastructure.”
The Rizal Stadium was initially set to be renovated this year funded by FIFA. However, the project did not push through due to issues regarding the PFF’s exclusive management of the venue for 25 years – a condition which is in conflict with the Philippine Sports Commission, the agency that has full control of all sports facilities owned by the national government.
The Azkals will first play in Bangkok, Thailand in the group stages of the Suzuki Cup from November 24 to December 1.
A home-and-away format will then be adopted during the semifinals from December 8 to December 13 and finals from December 19 to December 22.
wish the "miracle" guys of Cebu were asked to prepare the field for the home leg of the semis, but alas... it's now too late for that.
Rizal pitch upgraded for Azkals home tie by top golf course contractor
December 03, 2012, 05:00 pm
The Rizal Stadium pitch has been upgraded for the Azkals' Suzuki Cup home tie against Singapore by the same contractors that maintain the carpet-like, all-weather fairways of top golf course Sta. Elena. Jerome Ascano
THE Philippine Sports Commission has declared the Rizal Memorial Stadium ready to host the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal match between the Azkals and Singapore after upgrading work done on the pitch by the same contractors that maintain the immaculate, all-weather fairways of top golf course Sta. Elena.
After a quick inspection of the refurbished pitch, PSC chairman Ritchie Garcia went as far as say that the Rizal field is even better than the pitch at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok where two of the matches in the Suzuki Cup group stages were held.
When the Azkals play Singapore at the start of their home-and-away series on Saturday, it will mark the first time the national team will play the Suzuki Cup semifinals in front of a home crowd after failing to host a match in 2010 due to lack of a pitch that suits international standards.
The Azkals were forced to play their 'home' match two years ago in Jakarta where a crowd of more than 80,000 screaming fans backed Indonesia at the Bungkarno Stadium. The Azkals went on to lose to Indonesia, 0-2, on aggregate, ending their fairy tale run in 2010.
The Rizal Stadium has since been improved to host World Cup qualifying matches and several friendlies and was further upgraded for the Suzuki Cup semis by the same contractor that maintains Sta. Elena, a multi-awarded golf course in Sta. Rosa, Laguna known for its beautiful, all-weather fairways.
â€œThe Rizal Memorial is now being refurbished full time,â€ Garcia said on Monday. â€œWe hired a new contractor to maintain the pitch. These are the people from Sta. Elena golf course.â€
Garcia said the Rizal pitch is even more playable than the Rajamangala Stadium, where driving rain caused patches on the field during the Azkalsâ€™ first game in the group stages against Thailand.
â€œIf you saw the video sa (Thailand), pangit ng football field nila. Maraming putik at patches. Ito (Rizal) all-weather ito,â€ Garcia said.
He is also confident that the pitch will be ready for Saturday's historic match.
â€œThey have the experience in taking care of the grass," Garcia, an avid golfer, said of the new contractors. "Nabisita ko kahapon, gumaganda na. Ang problema lang is, (the grass) is too short. We only had two weeks to prepare pero maganda na. â€˜Yung mga uneven parts, linagyan na ng buhangin.â€