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Okada Manila: 44-hectare massive integrated resort set to open in December

Okada Manila is envisioned to become a massive integrated resort that is “nothing like anyone has seen” that will rise in the Entertainment City in Paranaque. A game changer not only in terms of its scale but in its impact to the tourism industry, it is set to open its doors in December.

Located on a 44-hectare land, it currently has more than 18,000 construction workers employed to finish the first phase of the property.

The property’s most iconic feature will be the dancing fountain, which will rival the best of Las Vegas and Dubai as it will be the first in the world to feature a 360-degree immersive water projection. The fountain’s size will be equivalent to 50 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The property’s most iconic feature will be the dancing fountain, which will rival the best of Las Vegas and Dubai as it will be the first in the world to feature a 360-degree immersive water projection. The fountain’s size will be equivalent to 50 Olympic-size swimming pools.

“We’re on target and we’re anticipating a particularly special event when we do open,” Okada Manila President Steve Wolstenholme said of the flagship development of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment.

The first phase of the project will cover the casino floor, two hotel wings, nightclub and beach club, retail area, restaurants, and an iconic fountain, which will be one of the largest in the world.

Wolstenholme said they hope to attract tourists with the amenities set to be introduced to the public soon.

“We also anticipate our property to be iconic, and I think there is a yearning for an iconic property in Manila,” he said. “We expect to see Manila as a top tourist destination and I think our property will help do that, together with many of the other things that are happening in the region as well.”

Guestroom

Guestroom

The property’s most iconic feature will be the dancing fountain, which will rival the best of Las Vegas and Dubai as it will be the first in the world to feature a 360-degree immersive water projection. The fountain’s size will be equivalent to 50 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Described by Wolstenholme as a revolutionary technology, Okada Manila’s 800-meter circular glass corridor will offer retail space and feature the largest projection mapping attraction in the world.

“The reason why it’s revolutionary is that it would ultimately surround the whole parameter of the fountain,” he said.

“It would give us the opportunity to portray images that will provide more of an emotional experience [for our guests.]”

Okada Manila’s 9,000-sqm entertainment venue, a nightclub and beach club, can accommodate the newest and hottest events in Asia. It will be enclosed in a climate controlled glass dome with 33 cabanas and bungalows equipped with private Jacuzzis, dining rooms, media, and karaoke rooms.

Night club

Night club

The dome’s centerpiece will be Asia’s first kinetic chandelier with six rings that can create 10,000 special effects and project 3D motion graphics. Another first for Southeast Asia will be the indoor white sand beach club, which will rival the largest clubs in the world.

“People in the dome will experience not just the party atmosphere, but an atmosphere that the Philippines is known for, such as the beautiful islands,” Wolstenholme said.

Some 500 table games and 3,000 electronic gaming machines will occupy the 26,000 sqm of the casino floor, offering guests a unique gaming environment.

Meanwhile, the two-wing hotel, with a total of 993 rooms ranging from 55 sqm deluxe rooms to 1,400 sqm villas, will give guests breathtaking views of the Manila Bay or the fountain.

Guests can also feast on its 21 food and beverage outlets serving international cuisines.

“The property’s size is incredible in scope. We do not want to focus on a single amenity in the property because we want to offer full range of products and services and be known as a complete travel destination,” he said.

The $2.4 billion investment is expected to be Okada Manila Chairman Kazuo Okada’s “biggest gift to the

Filipinos” with the collaboration of the biggest design and architectural consultants from around the world led by Japanese firm Miurashin Architect + Associates.

“Chairman Okada has been a long-time believer in the potential of the Philippines,” COO Takahiro Usui said.   He added that another potential they saw in the country that made it a “great place to do business” is its thriving economy.

Wolstenholme said he believes that the fusion of the Japanese and Filipino attributes in Okada Manila sets it apart from other properties of its kind at the Entertainment City.