Okada Manila set to open for Christmas preview

MANILA, Philippines – Okada Manila, the $2.4-billion integrated resort and casino owned by Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, is set to open for a Christmas preview and concert on Wednesday, December 21.

This is the 3rd and the newest resort and gaming facility to open within government-sponsored Entertainment City.

Its operator said Okada Manila is expected to generate 8,000 jobs once the whole development is fully operational. (READ: Kazuo Okada, Tonyboy Cojuangco partner for casino project)

Information posted on Okada Manila's website showed that the outdoor area of the property will be open to the public and that entertainment will start at 4 pm.

A portion of the casino will also be open during the preview period and visitors may sign up for Okada Manila's Reward Circle membership club.

The hotel and the restaurants within the complex, however, won't be open for guests yet.

"The preview period begins on December 21st until the grand opening. Guests are invited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to experience all that Okada Manila has to offer," Okada Manila said.

"However, the hotel is not open at this point during our preview period. Okada Manila will soon launch our booking engine, so our guests will be able to reserve future dates at our divine accommodations."

Full features

Under the plan, Okada Manila will have a two-wing hotel with 993 rooms ranging from 55 square meters for deluxe rooms to 1,400-sqm villas. 

The casino floor will occupy a total floor area of over 26,000 sqm and provide up to 500 table games and 3,000 electronic gaming machines. 

The facility will also offer 21 food and beverage outlets serving international cuisine from casual to fine dining. (READ: Razon bets on better PH gaming climate in 2016)

Okada Manila said the first two restaurants that will open within the complex will be Medley Buffet and Red Spice, a casual eatery that will offer Cantonese items alongside northern Chinese cuisine. 

"Exact dates and times for the launch of each of these restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks," Okada Manila said.

Generating more jobs

Universal Entertainment Corporation, also owned by Okada, handles the $35-million Aruze Philippines Manufacturing Incorporated in Sto Tomas, Batangas.

Aruze, a slot machine factory, has over 800 workers – 99% of them Filipinos. The factory moved to the Philippines from Japan in 2009.

Lito Garcia, a metal fabrication supervisor and planner at Aruze, said foreign direct investments are creating significant employment opportunities for many Filipinos. 

Their plant in Batangas, for example, is producing thousands of slot machines for various international markets, including the United States, Australia, Macau, and South Africa. – Rappler.com