April 16, 2009

The Big Dome

Well, one entrance to it anyway. I was just way too near to get a photo that will give a better sense of what this stadium looks like. "The Big Dome" is the nickname of the Araneta Coliseum, probably the biggest indoor stadium in Metro Manila. It is the venue for many basketball games, boxing matches, cockfighting derbies, concerts, prayer rallies, and the annual Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) beauty pageant. The first really big event that I remember being held here was the 1975 Thrilla in Manila, the final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World. (No, I didn't watch it. I was too young. And even if I wasn't, I wouldn't have watched anyway. I just can't watch boxing. Sorry, Pacman.)

Araneta Coliseum

19 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

me neither!I just can't watch boxing.
Beautiful shot Hilda!
Kind Regards
Léia

Olivier said...

le dôme du grand combat Frazier / Ali, c'est un endroit historique, j'espère qu'il est protégé.
the cupola of big battle Frazier / Ali, it is a historical place, I hopes that it is protected

MurciaDailyPhoto by usuahia said...

I think the same as you about boxing.
The ad about paracetamol is in a good place to advertisement. After a boxing match the boxers will need some paracetamol. ;)

Lois said...

I'm with you on the boxing Hilda! I can't watch it--too squeamish!

PJ said...

That's an interesting array of activities. Cockfighting AND prayer rallies. Too much!

George said...

I'm not much of a boxing fan either, but it's interesting that so many different types of activities take pace in the dome.

Missy said...

There might be a lot of improvement now in Araneta Coliseum. It looks better now :-)

Vogon Poet said...

I remember 'Thrilla in Manila' (I'm old enough) but I'd prefer 'Binibining Pilipinas' any time!

James said...

Very nice Hilda. I bet lots of good times have been had in there.
Have you been inside?
I watched the Thrilla in Manila on tv. but I confess I can't watch cock fighting.

Jacob said...

I agree re: boxing. This looks to be quite an entrance...someday you'll have to show us the whole thing.

Human beings do love spectacles (not eyeglasses!)

Halcyon said...

I agree with you on the boxing. I don't know why anyone would want to let someone else punch them until they pass out. Or why anyone would want to watch that.
:S

Jackie said...

Totally with you on the boxing thing too - ugh! I'm not that mad on beauty contests either!

Abe Lincoln said...

Boxing is a cruel sport -- a kind of game of cruelty. It works. People get rich. And sometimes people die.

skywind said...

Very characteristics of the building. :)
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Kaori said...

I used to live down the road from Muhammad Ali...I've never seen him box though. Maybe I could watch from very very far away :)

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Hope you have this registered with Skywatch Friday. You've got some sky peeking through!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I cannot watch boxing either. Good photo though! Also, I am glad you enjoyed the door on my site. Thanks for your comments. I did not realize that you could not see people's doors in Manila. Very interesting.

Marie said...

Historic place indeed! I don't remember whether I had a TV set at the time but my young husband and I listened to the fight on the radio (we woke up at night).... I did not remember where the match took place.

mirage2g said...

Apir! haha boxing isnt for me too but I have witnessed lots of UAAP basketball games there :)