World Class Multi-Purpose Complex opens in Santa RosaSunday, March 5, 2017
The much awaited opening of the City of Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex was held on March 5, 2017 coinciding with the city’s hosting of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) game between Alab Pilipinas and the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
In an interview with the ROAR, Laguna First District Representative Arlene B. Arcillas and former Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa expressed her gratitude and joy for the opening of the Complex.
“During my first term as Mayor, the city built a seat of government that is in parallel with the development of the city. This is why we built the City Hall A and City Hall B,” she recounted. The City Hall B houses the modern City Auditorium.
In her second term, then Mayor Arcillas envisioned a complex “to serve as venue wherein people can come together to celebrate, to hone their talents, to hold events and programs,” she said.
She even shared that there were rumours that circulated about the delay in construction and overpricing of the Complex. This is why she is very grateful to the present administration of Mayor Danilo Ramon Fernandez for pushing with the completion of the project. “Now we see this Complex and this is born out of the cooperation and initiative of the city government,” the Congresswoman said.
The Congresswoman proudly gave the features of the Complex which makes it, according to her, unlike any other complexes in the region. It is a two-hectare development area, has a 16,700 sq. m. total floor area, a basketball court that has a 5,700-seating capacity, four (4) badminton courts that can be converted into a multi-purpose exhibition area, an indoor Olympic size swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool, and two (2) outdoor tennis courts with a grand stand. It also has area for offices and commercial spaces.
“This world class complex shall serve as a venue for honing the talents of young athletes in sports, and a place for artists in showcasing arts and culture, thereby making them globally competitive. This is my gift, the City Government of Santa Rosa’s gift to all of you,” Representative Arcillas said.
Similarly, Mayor Fernandez was also very thankful to Rep. Arcillas. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Congresswoman Arlene dahil noong siya ay isa pang punonglongsod ay nangarap siya na magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan ang kabataan sa larangan ng sports,” he said.
Mayor Fernandez said that the opening of the Complex is the realization of that dream. “Narito ang kanyang pangarap na ating isinasakatuparan at inihahandog namin ngayon sa mamamayan,” the Mayor said.