The Friendship Dome would serve as a multi-purpose center in Marawi City for the people to showcase their culture, promote athletics, and serve as a venue for other activities and community needs.
The Filipino-Chinese community is donating a P200-million multi-purpose center, to be known as the “Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome,” seeking to help Maranaos recover from the five-month battle that devastated Marawi City last year.
The “Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome,” which is expected to be completed in 16 to 18 months from groundbreaking, will be constructed in a two-hectare area that will be identified by the Marawi local government.
In a press briefing, Domingo Yap, President of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII), said the dome would showcase Marawi’s culture, facilitate commerce and provide a home for events and community needs. He said it was the Fil-Chi community’s wish that the donation will help in healing Marawi from scars of war.
He further noted that the dome was designed for free by architect Jose Siao Ling who hails from Zamboanga City, can accommodate at least 4,000 people depending on the layout for the event.
Yap said 11 Filipino-Chinese associations “came together as one, under the leadership of the Federation to seek the guidance of the government on the kind of contribution it can make.”
Last August 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte received the replica of the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from FFCCCII during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace Joining the President are Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Aside from being the Philippines’ leading partner in trade, China has also been an active partner in aiding President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism by providing arms and rehabilitation centers as well as redeveloping Marawi City through private investments. For the Marawi rehabilitation, Chinese financial aid has ranged from conflicts to permanent residences and infrastructure, one of which is the said multi-purpose dome.
Among the supporting organizations for this project are FFCCCII Foundation, Inc.; Federation of Filipino-Chinese Associations of the Philippines; World News Daily; Filipino-Chinese Amity Club; Overseas Chinese Alumni Association of the Philippines; Filipino-Chinese Shin Lian Association, Inc.; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Philippines, Inc.; Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation; Philippine Jin Jiang Shen Fu Zhen Association, Inc; and World Fujian Youth Association & Business Club, Inc.
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