AN INTERNATIONAL football stadium named after Spanish-Filipino legend Paulino Alcantara of Futbol Club (FC) Barcelona is now under construction as part of the newest township development along Circumferential Road in Pandac, Pavia.
The new development in the second-class town just outside the city boundary was one of the exciting things revealed in a flamenco-themed event of Uni Asia Properties, Inc., Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. and Ncore Realty and Associates, Inc. at Iloilo Convention Center.
The 1.5-hectare football stadium, which will be known as Paulino Alcantara Heritage Football/Soccer Stadium, is a unique feature of Mercado Central commercial development at Hacienda Verde township.
With its size and sheer capacity, the new stadium is set to become the center for football academy and is the ideal venue not only for the tournament of the sport itself, but for various big events, major open-air concerts, and other live shows.
According to Noel Cariño, chairman of Ncore Realty and Associates, Inc. the exclusive marketing arm for Mercado Central and Hacienda Verde, the goal is to have Campo Alcantara to host international football tournaments which are sanctioned by the Philippine Football Federation and FIFA.
“We are also working to develop some sort of sisterhood with FC Barcelona in order to form coordinated events and shared sports culture with them. We need to earn grants to sponsor some of our deserving local youth who want to professionally play football in the future and are serious enthusiasts of the sport,” Cariño added.