Every country has its signature tourist destinations and landmarks. The United States has its Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge, France has its Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, China has its Great Wall, South Korea has its Gyeongbokgung Palace, and India has its Taj Mahal. For the Philippines, the beaches of Boracay and Palawan have attracted tourists in droves. But another place, one worth mentioning now, is an area that is fast becoming the newest tourism capital of Asia: the Bay City.
Spanning 1,500 hectares of land across the cities of Manila, Pasay and Parañaque, the Bay City is made up of the SM Mall of Asia complex, PAGCOR Entertainment City, Aseana City, Asia World, and Centennial City. It combines the very best of Manila’s past and future with the historic Manila Bay, one of the finest natural harbors in the world where galleons once docked en route to Acapulco, serving as the backdrop of the city.
Bringing the country into the future is PAGCOR Entertainment City, a 100-hectare ambitious project by the Philippine government. Hailed as the country’s grandest tourism development to date, the PAGCOR Entertainment City is expected to play a vital role in altering the reputation of Metro Manila in the global arena.
Making up a large portion of the Bay City expanse, it aims to rival the casino and entertainment scenes of Las Vegas, Macau, and Singapore. Along with hundreds of restaurants, landmark shops, and designer stores, four world-class integrated hotel-casino and resort complexes will rise in the district. The first to open to the public was Solaire Resort and Casino which officially began operations in March earlier this year. It is the $1.2 billion flagship endeavor of Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc., headed by maritime port magnate Enrique Razon, Jr. It houses a 5-star hotel, a grand ballroom, and a large gaming area on 8.3 hectares of land.
Next to open in 2014 will be City of Dreams Manila, a $1.3 billion project by Melco Crown Resort Corporation and Henry Sy's Belle Corporation. Tapping the world-class brand of City of Dreams in Macau, the development will include a large gaming area and a Crown Towers Hotel that will cater to the premium market segment in Manila.
Scheduled to open in 2015 is Manila Bay Resorts, a $2 billion project by Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. The sprawling 44-hectare facility will house three hotels including a 6-star hotel that will have 30,000 square meters of floor space for gaming. In addition, there will be an indoor man-made beach, shopping malls, spa facilities, a cinema complex, an amusement center, a concert hall, and plenty of retail and dining options, including a series of fine dining restaurants by Michelin-starred chefs from all over the world.
Resorts World Bayshore by Travellers International is a partnership between Andrew Tan’s Alliance Global group, Inc. and Genting Hong Kong, Ltd. This $1.1 billion project will rise on a lot area covering 31 hectares and will be launched in 2016, the last to open among the four licensees. The master plan for Bayshore features two hotels, a 3,000-seater grand opera house, a shopping mall, residential towers, and an expansive gaming area.
Aside from the casino and resort complexes, included in the list of prominent structures in the Bay City are: Conrad Hotel, Hotel 101, Tunes Hotel, the DFA Consular Office, the Embassy of Qatar, King's School Manila, ASEANA One IT Center, S & R Membership Shopping, a marina and yacht club, and car showrooms by Ford and Subaru.
To be sure, owning a home near this phenomenal complex is a dream for most. Having hundreds of dining and shopping options and world class entertainment facilities within walking distance from your home is perhaps something that some people would call “living the dream.”
With the residential condominium designed to be a modern rendition of Europe's famous century-old castles, Monarch Parksuites will be a Dutch Baroque masterpiece to rival the works of the world’s greatest Dutch Baroque master, Rembrandt.
Inside, Monarch Parksuites is teeming with facilities that cover an area of over 8,000 square meters. It has an Olympic-sized pool, a gourmet dining room, media room, gym, billiards room, and reading room. Outdoors, it has a tennis court, basketball court, landscaped parterre, sunken garden, barbecue deck, and children’s play area.
But beyond pleasing aesthetics, Monarch Parksuites’ prime location establishes itself as a great investment for owners. Sitting in the middle of the country’s newest tourism capital and within walking distance to PAGCOR Entertainment City, Aseana City, and the SM Mall of Asia Complex, the development promises good returns and puts its residents at the core of a booming financial district.
Moreover, it would be an incredible experience to look out your window and see a feast of colors and lights from Resorts World Bayshore’s sprawling theme park or PAGCOR’S Tower which will be the second tallest building in the world. Fancy a short walk and you can already sip a glass of iced tea inside the magnificent indoor beach of Manila Bay Resorts. And if you’re in the mood for a gastronomic adventure, hundreds of restaurants featuring all of the world’s mouthwatering cuisines are just within walking distance from your home.
For inquiries on how to purchase a unit, please visit www.monarchparksuites.com.ph and www.anchorland.com.ph.
Monarch Parksuites: Get a Piece of the Center of Entertainment and Tourism
The PhilippineDaily Inquirer
Dec 29, 2013