Clark Expo Amphitheater has been hosting big scale business, cultural and entertainment events for several years. So it was just inevitable that Miss Earth 2008, the premiere home event in the Philippines, will fall in its lap.
The amphitheater, previously called Expo Pilipino, is located in
Angeles City, Manila. Hosting Miss Earth 2008, the Clark Expo
Amphitheater has become a discussion matter all across the globe. The
venue, developed with a staggering budget of US$ 63.64 million, was
built under the patronship of then President Fidel Ramos.
The venue has been built to commemorate the declaration of Philippine
Independence on June 12, 1898. It was inaugurated on the 100th
anniversary of the occasion. The 60-hectare entertainment park is
located in Clark Freeport Zone of Angeles City. It symbolizes the
history, culture and achievements of the Philippines in the past
century. Clark Expo was a combined project of the National Centennial
Commission (NCC) and the Philippine Centennial Exposition Corporation.
Capacity and Use
The venue has the capacity to host 35,000 people at any given time. It
is a favorite place for concerts and large scale events.
Closure and Reopening
Expo Pilipino was closed in 1999 for sustaining losses. After the gap
of five years, it was reopened as Clark Expo Amphitheater. The new theme
park featured world-class furniture exhibits and carnival rides. The
reopening of the venue was realized due to the active support of
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.