New sports arena named after FPJ opens in Batangas
MANILA, Philippines — A new sports arena named after the late actor and National Artist Fernando Poe Jr. was inaugurated in San Jose, Batangas, on Sunday, August 20 — his 84th birth anniversary.
Senator Grace Poe expressed her gratitude to the San Jose local government and the Batangas provincial government for naming the sports hub after her late father.
“Mula sa FPJ Productions basketball team na binubuo ng ilang kasamahang artista at production crew, sinong mag aakala na ang isang sports arena pala ay ipapangalan sa kanya,” Poe said in a statement.
(From the FPJ Productions basketball team consisting of several fellow actors and production crew, who would have thought a sports arena would be named after him.)
“Maging simbulo sana ang arena na ito ng pagkakaibigan at pagtutulungan gaya ng mga katangian ni FPJ na ating hinangaan,” Poe also said.
(May this arena symbolize friendship and cooperation like the qualities of FPJ we admired.)
The ceremony was followed by awarding the symbolic key to Poe and her family.
The senator was joined by Brian Poe Llamanzares, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Representatives Ralph Recto and Lianda Bolilia, and San Jose Mayor Ben Patron.
Aside from the sports arena, The Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) station in Quezon City or Roosevelt station was renamed FPJ station today.