|ELJ Communications Center|
|Type||PEZA special economic zone, offices, soundstage|
|Location||ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Diliman, Metro Manila, Quezon City, Philippines|
|Opening||January 1, 2000|
|Floor count||15 above ground, 3 below ground|
|Floor area||101,608.32 m²|
(1,093,702.85 sq ft.)
(107,639.10 sq ft.)
|Design and construction|
GF & Partners, Architects, Co.
|Other designers||Leandro V. Locsin Partners (interior design)|
|Main contractor||Datem, Inc.|
The Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center (also called 9501, ELJ Communications Center, or simply ELJ Center) is the newer and larger studio and office building of ABS-CBN located within ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. The building occupies ten thousand (10,000) square meters of land area within the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center and houses corporate offices, a studios, a three-level basement parking, a roof deck helipad, a film archive, a studio gallery, an exclusive executive dining restaurant, and garden. The building has a gross floor area of 101,608.32 square meters; almost seventy thousand (70,000) square meters of office space and over thirty thousand (30,000) square meters of parking space. The construction of the building, which costed 6 billion pesos, began in 1995, but was delayed due to the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997. It was opened in 2000, and was occupied gradually by the network in the following years. It is a PEZA Special Economic Zone, designated as an IT center. It is named in honor of the late Eugenio Lopez Jr., the chairman emeritus of ABS-CBN. The dedication of the building was held on November 4, 2010, in a ceremony that was attended by the then-Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. ABS-CBN's Horizon PEZA IT Park, its soundstages, post-production and production facility of ABS-CBN is located at San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
The offices of ELJ Communications Center are composed of two interconnecting building structures. These are the three thousand square meter (3,000), fifteen-storey and the two thousand square meter (2,000), twelve-storey buildings joint together by steel and glass structures.
The ground floor level is a mixed-use commercial area called The Loop, which is home to the several retail shops, dining outlets, and a studio called The Loop Studio which is being used by the morning news and talk show Umagang Kay Ganda. A studio gallery, an executive lobby, and the main reception area are also located on its ground floor. Located on its second floor is the offices of Star Cinema and the network's human resources division, dressing and rehearsal rooms, and the hallway leading to the network's studios and technical rooms. The network's corporate offices are housed from the building's third to twelfth floors, with several floors being leased to some of ABS-CBN's subsidiaries. ABS-CBN Post Production unit, iPost, is housed in the third floor, while the network's legal department, corporate communications, licensing, and media asset management (Big Dipper) are located on the fourth floor. ABS-CBN Sports, tax accounting, and human resources could be visited at the fifth floor. Sky Cable is housed in the sixth floor. The eighth floor is the home of their Information Technology division, Creative Programs Inc., and ABS-CBN Publishing, while ABS-CBN Global and Digital Media Division could be found on the ninth floor. The thirteenth floor houses the conference center, while Restaurant 9501, the executive dining restaurant of ABS-CBN is located on the fourteenth floor of the building. Meanwhile, executive offices are located on the building's fifteenth floor. ABS-CBN Film Archives, the film archives of ABS-CBN which holds the biggest film collection in the country, and a parking area located in the three basement levels of the building. In 2013, the whole center became one of the first 4G LTE zone in the country after Globe and Sun Cellular upgraded their respective transmitters inside the complex.
ABS-CBN's wholly owned subsidiary, The Big Dipper Digital Content & Design, Inc. (Big Dipper), with offices located on the center's fourth floor, is an approved economic zone enterprise of PEZA, making the company eligible for tax holiday and other incentives. In 2010, the company has availed an income tax holiday incentives of 472 million pesos. In 2011 and 2012, the company has availed 188 million and 204 million pesos respectively. In 2014, PEZA approved the application of Big Dipper for the entitlement of the Pioneer Status.
Studios in the ELJ building are housed in a four storey high, 3,000 square meter structure and being part of the ABS-CBN Studios. It is connected with the rest of the center and is further divided into three studios. Studio 10, the largest studio of ABS-CBN, is used by the musical variety show ASAP. Studio 9, is used by the morning talk show, Magandang Buhay and Studio 8 is a temporary studio set-up, where the props and set decorations are dismantled after the show. An elephant door is located in the studios that leads to the other parts of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center.
ELJ Communications Center in 2019.
ELJ Communications Center in 2010.
The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center as viewed from the rooftop of the main building of ABS-CBN. ELJ Communications Center (left) and Millennium Transmitter (right).