Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno made an agreement with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in preserving the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC). They said this historical landmark will not be for sale, denouncing the earlier reports of its impending sale that surfaced in 2016.
RMSC, a national landmark
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC), 85 years old now, has found its ally in Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso of the City of Manila.
In 2017, the RSMC was declared as a national landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
Since 1934, a year where renowned architect Juan Arellano had built the RMSC, this sports complex has been the home of Filipino athletes.
RMSC had also witnessed some significant milestones in Philippine sports such as America’s legendary baseball star Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the second Asian Games in 1954, and the 1934 Far Eastern Games. It even served as a concert venue for the Beatles in 1966.
Manila’s real treasure
“The RMSC will continue to redevelop, as long as it is being utilized as a sports facility… These are Manila’s real treasures,” said by the Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno.
PSC Chairman William Ramirez had commended Manila to it’s initiative act of preserving the sports facility.
“I want to thank Mayor Isko for having that same vision with the PSC in preserving Rizal Memorial,” he added.
The RMSC will be the site of the Gymnastics Events of the 30th South East Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
What RSMC could look like
With Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and their unending support, RMSC and the PhilSports Complex are about to showcase the world-class face.
The Philippine Sports Commission released several artist’s renders of what could be the ultimate look of RMSC after a couple of months into the renovation of the historic arena.