Living in a predominantly conservative country, we Filipinos often have a bad perception towards casinos. These establishments unfortunately garnered a bad reputation because of their allure for gambling, when in fact, age limits and policies are in place to help patrons moderate their playing tendencies.
But some casinos go beyond being mere gambling facilities; there are now establishments dubbed as “integrated resorts” where one can play, shop, and even stay for a night or two. Now, you don’t have to gamble to enjoy your visit at a casino. With all the new and exciting amenities, activities, and promotions offered, visiting a casino is now a fun experience worth trying.
We asked our readers to share their top casinos in the country, and the results are in! Read on and see which one you want to visit soon.
4. Resorts World Manila
Address: Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay, Metro Manila
More than just a casino, Resorts World Manila became known as an entertainment and shopping destination.
Image: Newport City
The fourth casino on the list is Resorts World Manila
. When the government opened the local gambling market to the world, Resorts World was the first international casino to set foot in the country. But it didn’t stop at just building a casino; now, Resorts World also boasts of being a world-class integrated resort that has four hotels, eight restaurants, three bars, cinemas, a mall, and its own theater.
Despite being the site of an unfortunate incident last June 2017 when a gunman set gambling tables on fire and fired gunshots, Resorts World Manila was quick to get back on its feet. Today, the casino continues to operate and thrive; in fact, it is slated to open Resorts World Bayshore, its second complex in the country, this year.
3. City Of Dreams Manila
Address: Asean Avenue cor. Roxas Blvd., Entertainment City, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City
Casinos are usually for parents but at City of Dreams, kids can have some fun too.
City of Dreams Manila
lands on the third spot of our list of the best casinos in the country
. The 6.2-hectare integrated resort opened in 2014 and has a humongous casino housing 1,680 slot machines, 1,680 table games, and 365 gaming tables. It also has three hotels, multiple dining options, a shopping mall, and vast entertainment options such as clubs and karaoke booths.
One of the most famous attractions at City of Dreams Manila is their theme park called “DreamPlay,” which was created in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation. DreamPlay quickly became a favorite by kids because of its larger-than-life attractions and state-of-the-art interactive entertainment.
2. Okada Manila
Address: New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Be in awe of The Fountain when you visit Okada Manila.
Image: Okada Manila
Coming in as the runner-up is Okada Manila
. Opened in December 2016, Okada is one of the newest international casinos and integrated resorts in the country. Although it’s quite similar to the other integrated resorts in the country that has a hotel, a number of restaurants, and other entertainment options, what makes Okada stand out is its astounding architecture and oriental aesthetics.
Aside from its angelic structure, Okada Manila is also known for The Fountain. It is the casino’s centerpiece with a size of 37,646 square meters, which cost over 30 million dollars to construct. It is the largest multi-color dancing fountain in the world and its routine takes cues from various festive traditions of our country.
1. Solaire Resort & Casino
Address: Entertainment City, 1 Aseana Ave, Parañaque
The top casino in the country is Solaire Resort & Casino.
Image: Solaire Resort
The casino that made it to the top of the list is Solaire Resort & Casino
. Solaire became the first casino to be built in PAGCOR’s Entertainment City, standing on an astounding 8.3 hectares of land. Solaire is of course known for its casino but as an integrated resort it also has other facilities including two hotels, 11 dining options, three clubs, and various events and entertainment selections. Their very own performing stage called “The Theater” has also become a popular spot for international stage productions and concerts.
Just this year, Solaire’s hotel Sky Tower was awarded by Forbes Travel Guide a five-star rating for its amazing facilities and impeccable service, a testament to their claim of the number one spot.
Even if you’re not into gambling, casino nowadays are more than just places to burn your hard-earned money. They are now also avenues to entertain the whole family! Let us know in the comments section which of these casinos you will visit soon.