If you know something about Filipino politics, then you know that there are certain families in every locality that seem to have made politics a family business. The province of Rizal and the City of Antipolo is no exception, being the fiefdom of the Ynares Family (pronounce the ‘y’ like a short ‘i’). And like practically every other political dynasty in the country, this family, which counts the current governor of Rizal in its roster, has not resisted the temptation to build structures in honor of their clan. So for the Ynares Family, their masterpiece is the Ynares Center, which I think is the biggest stadium in Rizal.
It’s quite impossible to mistake the place in Google Maps since the name is painted very prominently on the roof (hmmm, did they anticipate Google Maps and Google Earth? ). This octagonal-shaped building occupies a footprint of about 4,200 square meters and was built to the tune of 350 million pesos (wow!). It has a seating capacity of 12,000 and is one of the regular venues for the Philippine Basketball Association.
Photo from an Antipolo City website.
There are currently plans to construct the new capitol of Rizal at the parking lot of the Ynares Center. Currently, the capitol is located in Pasig City, which is still the legal capital of Rizal despite now being one of the cities of Metro Manila. This seems to suggest that Rizal’s capital will be Antipolo City.
Anyway, I put the location of Ynares Center in Google Maps to good use recently when I visited a friend of mine in Antipolo City. My friend lives in the subdivision right in front of the Ynares Center and since I already know where it is in the satellite maps, I backtracked from it to find my route coming from Ortigas Avenue.