Social media has become an almost inescapable part of our
daily lives. Ever since the emergence of social media platforms in the late
90s, modern society has learned to connect and communicate in ways that would
have almost seemed impossible decades before. Social media influences the way
we speak, the music we listen to, where we travel, what we eat, and what we
wear— and at the forefront of that are the influencers.
The second casino and resort to rise in the Entertainment
City complex, City of Dreams saw its doors open with a soft opening on December
14, 2014, and a grand opening on February 2, 2015. It celebrated its inauguration
with a bang through the Concert of Dreams, which featured local talents like
Gary Valenciano and Zsa Zsa Padilla, as well as international stars like Ne-Yo
and Kelly Rowland.
City of Dreams is a sister resort to City of Dreams in
Macau, but it has its own unique Manila flair that makes it stand out. The
resort has six hotel towers with 938 rooms, including Nobu Hotel, Nuwa
(formerly known as Crown Towers), and a Hyatt Regency Hotel.
In addition to this, City of Dreams is also a gamer’s haven,
with 289 gaming tables, 1,620 slot machines, and 176 electronic table games.
For shopaholics, it’s also home to The Shops at the Boulevard, an almost 80,000
square meter shopping mall housing the best local and international brands
around. Families will also enjoy DreamPlay, a theme park located in the complex
that was developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, as well as The
Garage, a VR play and dining experience that’ll knock your socks off.
One of the most awe-inspiring sites in the City of Dreams
complex includes the Fortune Egg, a dome-like building that houses two of the
best international nightclubs in Manila. Visitors can choose between Chaos or
Pangaea, both of which were developed by the group of “International King
of Clubs” Michael Van Cleef Ault.
When it comes to glitz and glamor in the Philippines,
Solaire Resort and Casino has quickly climbed to the top of the list after its
opening in 2013. The first of four resorts to operate in Manila’s Entertainment
City, Solaire first opened its doors on March 16, 2013, with 800 guest rooms,
suites, and villas.
It currently holds the distinction of being the tallest
hotel in the Manila Bay area, and features a column-free grand ballroom that
can accommodate 1,300 guests, 8 function rooms and 2 boardrooms with
audiovisual equipment, leisure, live entertainment, dining, and retail hubs,
and the Theatre at Solaire, which houses 1,740 seats and a retail space of
60,000 square meters. Last but definitely not the least, Solaire also boasts an
18,500 square meter gaming area with 1,620 slot machines and 360 gaming tables.
Bright lights, gaming and leisure, and balmy, tropical
weather— these words don’t just describe entertainment tourism stalwarts like
Las Vegas and Macau. When it comes to leisure, there’s a new kid on the
proverbial block, and it looks like it’s aiming to be a powerhouse. The
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)’s Entertainment City has
been in operation for several years, and is well on its way to transforming the
face of Philippine tourism.
With integrated resorts and casinos, as well as dozens of
high-end shopping and dining prospects, Entertainment City showcases the best
of Philippine entertainment tourism. Here’s a primer on what you can expect
from the glitz and glamor of this expanding gaming and entertainment complex.
The culture of drinking in the Philippines has continued into the
present, with different bars, pubs, speakeasies, restaurants, and the like
serving a wide variety of liquor and alcoholic concoctions. If you’re looking
to explore locally-made spirits and wines made from native ingredients and
rooted in cultural history and tradition, here’s a list of common Filipino
drinks worth trying out.
Filipino food can be considered an underdog when it comes to internationally-acclaimed cuisines, but according to an article by Vice, it’s been slowly gaining traction and charming palates from around the world.
The slow rise of the global popularity of Filipino cuisine might be due to its complexity, with its various elements and the wide variety of culinary traditions in the archipelago alone. Food website Pepper.ph says that the food traditions of the more than 80 ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippines can be hard to capture. Add the fact that most ingredients that are staples in Filipino cuisine can be hard to come by internationally, which makes authentic Filipino cuisine difficult to achieve in other countries.
This only proves the fact that the only place to enjoy the best Filipino food is in the Philippines itself. Here’s a list of local food dishes you definitely have to try.
Although the Philippines might not be well-known as a wine region, Filipinos don’t fall behind when it comes to enjoying a good glass of red or white. With quite a number of wine bars carrying only the best European wines, you don’t have to be afraid of missing out on your wine of choice. The Philippines is also home to varieties of wine cultivated from locally-grown crops and fruit, with flavor profiles distinct to each region. Whether you call yourself a true connoisseur, or if you simply enjoy having a glass after a long day, here are different ways to enjoy your favorite nightcap.
Modern-day speakeasies are formed around concepts that are enticing, unique, and somewhat seductive. That, combined with signature cocktails and specialty alcoholic beverages, means that speakeasies’ popularity with the millennial crowd is definitely on the rise.
loves a good egg. Whether you like your eggs runny, scrambled, with cheese,
poached, fried — we’ve rounded up a list of places where you can get your egg fix
and satisfy any craving you may have.
Being in a tropical country, you’d be forgiven for craving the
occasional sangria. Originating from Spain, it is made from wine and fruit, among
So, if you’re on the lookout for some trendy spots to get
your sangria fix, here’s a list of places where you can enjoy a fruity glass
(or a pitcher, perhaps?) of sangria with some equally delicious food.