So this blogger from Mindanao finally had the chance to visit the much-talked about Resorts World Manila, a luxurious, fun-filled entertainment destination in Newport City, which is located just right across the new Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 (NAIA 3). I often caught ads about this new entertainment hub on TV so naturally my curiosity got piqued.
Resorts World Manila sits on a vast 7.8 hectare lot in Pasay, particularly at 100 Andrews Avenue, Newport, Cybertourism Zone, 1309 Pasay City. The product of a collaboration between Alliance Global Group, Inc. (reportedly a Philippine conglomerate) and Star Cruises, Resorts World Manila is just a few blocks behind the Star Cruises headquarters. Resorts World Manila is in a pretty large complex so I doubt that you’d miss it 😉
Here’s how it looks like from the outside:
Currently, the main attraction at Resorts World Manila is its super large casino. With 30,000 square meters in area, the world-class casino at Resorts World Manila houses roughly a thousand slot machines, several hundred tables as well as VIP or private gaming areas. Luxury hotel Maxims and the first Marriott Hotel branch in Manila as well as a huge mall and more hotels will also rise within the complex.
More photos and details about Resorts World Manila after the jump…
The Resorts World Manila lobby is welcoming and from the door, you can already actually hear or see whoever’s performing at Bar 360, located right smack at the center of the first level of the spacious casino. Entrance to the casino is free, of course, although you must be 21 years old and above before you can enter. If you want to become a member of Resorts World Manila, there are two membership counters found at the first level. Just present a valid I.D., fill up a form and voila! You can start using your card during every transaction and you receive points. Being a Resorts World Manila member can be quite an advantage – you get to be included in raffles (the Cannonball raffle grand prize is a spanking brand new Mercedes Benz car…who wouldn’t want to win that?!), you also earn points whenever you use your card in various restaurants found at Resorts World Manila and you can easily withdraw your casino earnings through your card (which serves as an ATM of sorts). How’s that for a far cry from the coin slots of old?
Although I did try some of the slot machines (and luckily, I won a couple hundred bucks…which I eventually used to pay for my early dinner at Noodle Works LOL), what I enjoyed the most at Resorts World Manila was watching the free, live shows.
My favorite one was MAXIMUS:
Especially because of this dude, Yuri, an Olympic Silver Medalist! Believe me, you will be so amazed…watch out for that part wherein he’ll “walk” across air! (No, I’m NOT kidding)
I also liked the performance of the Essence Trio:
And Yulia’s skill with hoola hoops made me realize that I’m such a dork in that kind of stuff LOL. You will also love the multi-talented Gvalt!
May I repeat…these shows are for free! I suggest that you visit Bar 360 starting 6 PM. As far as I remember, Maximus’ turn was at around 7:45 pm. Better to go there early, though, since skeds may change. You can always check out the slot machines while you wait 🙂 Who knows, you may win a couple hundred bucks like I did!
Before I forget, there are a couple of restaurants inside Resorts World Manila. The one I tried was Noodle Works. Prices were reasonable and I particularly loved my coconut flan and mango pudding. Yum! My wanton noodle soup was delish, too.
All in all, my very first visit to Resorts World Manila was all right. What I’m just hoping, though, is that the employees smile more often. You see, I noticed that most, if not all, of the employees just had blank faces and some of them smiled a bit only when a customer would call them or pay for his or her bill. I found that a bit odd. Employees, especially those in casinos, should learn how to smile more often. Smiles entice customer loyalty.
Despite my small observation, I still highly recommend that you visit Resorts World Manila soon. It sure does bring in the glitz, dazzle and fun side of gaming and entertainment here in the Philippines.
P.S. Spotted Filipino actors Mon Confiado and Ricky Davao during my visit!