Okada Manila

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Okada Manila
Okada Manila logo.png
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Location Entertainment City, Parañaque, Philippines
Opening date December 30, 2016
No. of rooms 993
Total gaming space 26,410.77 m2 (284,283.2 sq ft)
Signature attractions
  • Cove Manila
  • The Fountain
Notable restaurants
  • Medley Buffet
  • Red Spice
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Sportsbook Bar
  • Jappanese Kappou Imamura
  • Enbu
  • Goryeo Korean Barbecue
  • Ginza Nagaoka
  • Kiapo
  • La Piazza
Owner Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment
Operating license holder PAGCOR
Architect GF & Partners[1]
PRSP Architects[2]
Previous names Manila Bay Resorts (until June 2016)
Website http://www.okadamanila.com

Okada Manila (Japanese: オカダマニラ, translit. Okada Manira) is a casino resort and hotel complex located on the Entertainment City gaming strip in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines.

History[edit]

The complex under construction in 2015

Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment then owned by Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada, was granted a license to operate a casino within the Entertainment City in 2008. In June 2016, the casino complex then named as Manila Bay Resorts was re-branded as Okada Manila.[3]

The facility is intended to be used by Okada to compete with casinos in Macau and to position Metro Manila as a regional and international destination.[4] The casino was set to open in November 2016 but the opening was later delayed due to worse-than-expected weather conditions.[5]

The casino complex was opened for "preview" on December 21, 2016[5] and later commenced operations as a casino in December 30, 2016.[6]

The Fountain, was officially opened on March 31, 2017 to invited guests. On the next day, the casino opened the attraction to the general public.[7]

Features[edit]

Okada Manila occupies an area of 45 hectares (110 acres) of the Entertainment City[3] 26,410.77 square metres (284,283.2 sq ft) allotted to gaming. The hotel building of Okada Manila is composed of the Pearl and Coral Wings with each wing having 15 floors to be connected by two sky bridges.[8][9] The glass facade of the building has a gold color representing the hue of Manila Bay's sunset. The color according to Tiger Resort president Steve Wolstenholme is one of the casino's key themes.[10] The US$2.4 billion phase one of the casino project includes 993 hotel rooms. More than 3,000 electronic gaming machines and 500 table games were planned to be installed in the casino complex.[3]

There is also an allotted 8,409 square metres (90,510 sq ft) shopping area within the casino resort.[8]

The Fountain[edit]

A large central fountain, dubbed as "The Fountain" is the centerpiece of the casino resort complex spanning 37,464 square meters (403,260 sq ft) and costs US$30 million.[8] The Fountain is dubbed as the largest multicolor dancing fountain in the world.[11]

The US$30 million fountain was designed by Los Angeles-based firm, WET Designs who also designed the fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The design was inspired from the "festive traditions of the Philippines", and the sampaguita (Jasminum sambac). The dancing fountain has 739 water nozzles which includes underwater robots which are proprietary of WET, 2,611 colored lights and 23 speakers.[11]

The Fountain at Okada Manila is the largest dancing fountain in the Philippines. Measuring 37,464 square meters (403,260 sq ft), the Okada Manila fountain is slightly smaller than The Dubai Fountain at the Burj Khalifa Lake in the United Arab Emirates.[12]

Cove Manila[edit]

Okada Manila hosts Cove Manila[13] (formerly The Cove[10]) an events venue covering an area of 9,000 square meters (97,000 sq ft)[13] which acts as an indoor beach club during the day and a night club at night.[14] The nightclub also host the country's first six-ring kinetic chandelier which can produce 10,000 kinetic and visual effects. The venue is enclosed in a column-free 30 meters (98 ft) UV-protected glass dome. The venue also has a swim-up bar, a butterfly-shaped pool, and 29 cabanas, each with private hot tubs.[13]

Cove Manila opened to the public on December 15, 2017, with DJ Steve Aoki headlining the event.[14] The venue already hosted an event prior to its opening which was the after-party event for Miss Universe 2016 which was held on January 2017.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Projects - Hospitality". GF & Partners. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Projects - Mixed Used Buildings". PRSP Architects. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Mercurio, Richmond (20 July 2016). "Okada rebrands Manila Bay Resorts". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Sayson, Ian (19 July 2016). "Tycoon Okada's Universal Wages Biggest Bet in Manila Casino". Bloomberg. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Gonzales, Iris (21 December 2016). "Okada Manila holds 'preview' today". Philstar. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Okada Manila's doors are now open for casino players starting December 30". InterAksyon. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Santiano, Jeanyn (3 April 2017). "Want to see Okada Manila's The Fountain? Here's what you should know". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Oiga, Jacky Lynne (24 July 2016). "Introducing Okada Manila". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Okada Manila aims to turn PH as world's gaming and entertainment destination". Adobo Magazine. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Vila, Alixandra Caole (20 July 2016). "Billion-dollar 'Las Vegas' hotel casino to rise in Manila". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Nisay, JT (5 April 2017). "Okada Manila's now-open fountain is not only big in numbers". BusinessMirror. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  12. ^ Somosot, Janice (20 July 2016). "Okada Manila: 3 Essential Facts About The Newest Gaming Resort In PH". International Business Times. IBT Media Inc. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  13. ^ a b c "About Cove Manila". Cove Manila. Okada Manila. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Patag, Kristine Joy (18 December 2017). "Indoor pool club opens in Manila's 'Entertainment City'". Philippine Star. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "World's most expensive champagne is now available in Metro Manila". GMA News. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2017.