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 Philippines is home to a long and rich history of
excellence in visual arts. This tradition started as early as the 19th
century with Damian Domingo, also known as the Father of Filipino Painting, who
was the first Filipino to paint a self-portrait. He was followed by greats such
as Juan Luna, who painted the world-renowned Spoliarium, andFabián de
la Rosa, uncle and mentor to Fernando Amorsolo.
Mastery of the visual arts has been passed down through the decades, and the Philippine government has sought to reward that through the Order of National Artists. The Order of National Artists, also known as Orden ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, is the highest national recognition given to Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of arts in the Philippines. Jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), it’s an honor conferred by the President of the Republic based on recommendations by both institutions. Here’s a list of the greatest names in Philippine visual arts who have been given this honor.
The new year is the season for trying out new experiences,
and nothing is more life-affirming or transformative than developing an
appreciation for the arts. According to writer Thomas Merton, “Art enables
us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” It provides a
deeper look into the human psyche, and allows us to share and foster creativity
and connection with each other. From the visual arts to performance arts like
ballet and musicals, art has brought together people of all ages, genders,
creeds, and races throughout history.
As we approach the National Arts Month in February, it becomes more and more apparent that the Philippines is a country with a rich history of the visual arts. Greats like Juan Luna, Jose Joya, Araceli Dans , and many more have made their mark on the local arts scene over the decades. And even today, the tradition is alive and kicking, as you can see in our article ’24 Philippine Artists Shaping Local Contemporary Art’. If you’re curious about what’s going on in the Philippine arts scene, 2020 is your chance to broaden your horizons. To start off your art appreciation journey, here are twenty Philippine art galleries that are showcasing the best and brightest of the local modern arts scene.
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.
The representation of Asian Americans in popular media has only been getting better with this generation of movers and shakers in Hollywood. After an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences for the world premiere of Crazy Rich Asians, more and more creators have been looking for ways to focus the spotlight on Asian communities in pop culture.
Even Filipino artists with talent and charisma in the showbiz industry have been finding themselves getting more roles then ever. Hawaii native Jacob Batalon, whose parents are Filipino, recently made news as one of the few Filipino actors to appear in a Marvel film. Jacob Batalon starred in both Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) as Ned Leeds, Peter Parker’s best friend.
Even before the premiere of the Spider-Man movie series, Filipino actors, musicians, entertainers, and the like have been working hard in Hollywood, building their craft and make a name for themselves. Here are 10 other Filipino celebrities who’ve made it in the United States.
The migration of Filipinos to other countries has a long history. An article from the Pulitzer Center notes that the Philippines is one of the major sources around the world for migrant workers in the seafaring, domestic work, and nursing sectors. Although many Filipino families are sustained by temporary labor migration, plenty of Filipinos have also made their homes in countries around the world, including the United States.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are currently 1,942,000 Filipinos in the immigrant population in the United States as of 2016. Some of them have found a home overseas, making names for themselves as entrepreneurs. Here’s a list of Filipinos who successfully established businesses in America.
Traveling to the Philippines has been making trends on the internet lately, and the statistics don’t lie. An article by Business Mirror reports that in the span of 8 months, visitor arrivals to the country increased by 14.08% or approximately 5.55 million tourists. With quite a number of tourist destinations in the country, that number of tourists isn’t too much of a surprise. If you’re interested in traveling the country but have your personal hesitations, here’s a list debunking common misconceptions about traveling in the Philippines.
With the end of 2019 fast approaching, it’s high time we started discussing what’s next for cryptocurrencies in 2020. Of course, the state of the cryptocurrency market is variable, and with so much global unrest both politically and economically it may be difficult to say for sure what the future of cryptocurrency will be. Still, it’s possible to make a few predictions based on the behaviors of certain coins and trends over the past few months. As we close off 2019, here are a few cryptocurrency trends you need to be aware of as you begin investing for the year 2020.