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Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:26 AM

...but of course that doesn't come as a surprise

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Prosecutor junks perjury case filed by Okada vs former firm

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There 'is no falsity that can be attributed' to Tiger Resort official Dindo Espeleta, says Las Piñas City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Donald Macasaet

JAPANESE TYCOON. A perjury case filed by Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada against his former firm is junked by a local prosecutor. File photo by AFP

DOJ affirms dismissal of another estafa complaint vs Okada

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:35 AM

But tycoon Kazuo Okada is still facing another $3.1-million estafa case

CASE DISMISSED.Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corporation, rides his car after attending an event at Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 23, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Parañaque court orders arrest of Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The tycoon says the allegation that he committed estafa is 'absolutely absurd'

This photo taken on Janaury 23, 2017 shows Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corporation, getting into his car after attending an event at Malacanang Palace in Manila. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Palawan, Cebu on 2018 World’s Best Islands list

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The two islands are no strangers to Travel + Leisure’s annual ranking

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

DOJ asked to reinvestigate Okada estafa complaint

Jun 17, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Tiger Resort Leisure & Entertainment Incorporated files two motions before the Department of Justice, seeking a new probe and the junking of resolutions issued by the Parañaque City Prosecutor's Office

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, continues its legal battle against Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada.

DOJ asked to probe 'leaked' resolution in Okada estafa case

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Tiger Resort claims Parañaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac's investigation into the matter would be 'whitewashed' since Paduac himself is involved

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, blames Parañaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac for supposedly leaking the resolution involving its $10 million estafa complanint against Kazuo Okada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Parañaque prosecutor asked to inhibit from Okada estafa complaint

May 23, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Tiger Resort blames the prosecutor for the supposed leak of a resolution involving its estafa complaint against its ex-chairman Kazuo Okada

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, is the complainant in the estafa case, accusing ex-partner Kazuo Okada of embezzling over $10 million of the firm's funds between early 2016 and June 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: The place where a casino will rise in Boracay

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Malay, Aklan, is where a Boracay casino will likely be built, should talks on it push through

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

WATCH: Some residents say yes to building casino in Boracay

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Will a casino be built in Boracay Island?

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Apr 18, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa prior to his series of engagements at the Malacañan Palace on April 17, 2018. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Galaxy Entertainment's PH partner denies Boracay casino scrapped

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Contrary to the statement of the Department of Tourism, Leisure & Resorts World Corporation says it has not abandoned its Boracay project with Galaxy Entertainment

Galaxy Entertainment no longer building casino in Boracay – DOT

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'They are now looking for another venue. That is very much welcome,' says Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of French Ambassador Designate to the Philippines Nicolas Galey at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leisure & Resorts World stocks plunge over Boracay casino uncertainty

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Stockholders of the local partner of Galaxy Entertainment Group panic as uncertainty looms over the company's plan to build a casino in Boracay

Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Planned developments in Boracay

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The 6-month Boracay closure will not impede the planned mega projects of property developers in the island

BORACAY NEWCOAST. Boracay Newcoast is a 150-hectare tourism estate in Boracay, being developed by Global-Estate Resorts Incorporated (GERI), a Megaworld Corporation subsidiary. Concept photo from Boracay Newcoast website

Cimatu says no to building casino in Boracay

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation has revealed plans to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino in Boracay, but environment officials say they have not yet received any application for permits

BORACAY ISLAND. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu speaks in a press briefing on the closure of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filinvest to build $200-million casino-hotel complex in Clark

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The real estate developer secures a provisional license for a casino in its 201-hectare Mimosa+ Leisure City development

Leisure & Resorts World Corp buys land for Boracay resort-casino

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and its Chinese partner Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited plan to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino on a 23-hectare land in Boracay

PLANNED CLOSURE. With the looming closure of Boracay Island for a year, tourism officials expect a sharp drop in arrivals at the Kalibo International Airport. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

Find your way to this lifestyle destination in Pampanga

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Just 2 hours away from Manila, Mimosa+ Leisure City combines modern convenience with a laid-back, homey ambience

Marcos ‘son’ arrested in Clark Freeport for guns, grenades

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Edilberto del Carmen, who claims that his real name is Angel Ferdinand Marcos Marcos, says he's also in possession of original treaties entered into by the United States

QUESTIONED. CIDG-Pampanga officers ask Edilberto del Carmen (right) about the firearms, bullets, and hand grenades found in his rented villa in Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Contributed photo

SEC files complaint vs Calata over botched Cebu casino project

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Calata Corporation executives are accused of making false claims about the project to boost the company's share price

BOTCHED DEAL. SEC accuses Calata executives of making false claims on approval of gaming license for a Cebu project. Image of supposed Cebu gaming complex from Calata

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

Palawan named World’s Best Island, Boracay makes top 3

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Palawan earns the top spot for the second year

NATURAL BEAUTY. Even with the influx of tourists, lagoons and islets off El Nido in Palawan are still stunning. Photo by Simon Gonzaga/ thebigblackbackpack.com

IN PHOTOS: These 4 PH islands are the 'world's friendliest'

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Four of the Philippines islands are at the top of the Travel Leisure World s Friendliest Islands list

PALAWAN. Palawan is named the 'Friendliest Island in the World' by 'Travel + Leisure' magazine. Photo shows Rappler contributor Potpot Pinili and his friends exploring the island. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on Jack Lam and the Bureau of Immigration

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration

Pacquiao admits Wally Sombero is longtime friend

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao also says he met Jack Lam at the Chinese tycoon s golf course

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Okada Manila set to open for Christmas preview

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

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

NEXT BIG THING? Tiger Entertainment unveils Kazuo Okada's US $2 billion investment in Manila dubbed to be the next grandiose entertainment complex in the region. Photo courtesy of Tiger Entertainment

P50-M extortion? Lam tried to bribe us, say immigration officials

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Two immigration officials accused of extorting P50 million from the Macau based gaming tycoon claim that they took the money as evidence of corruption but were framed up

NBI to probe Lam's 'payoffs' to immigration bureau

Dec 11, 2016 - 5:25 PM

We will leave no stone unturned and there will be no sacred cows Corruption of any kind has no place in the DOJ family it has no place in government says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he is optimistic that the Anti-Money Laundering Council will be faster in releasing documents on suspected drug lords during a press briefing in Malacañang on November 16, 2016. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Australia theme park reopens minus killer ride

Dec 10, 2016 - 9:23 AM

The company says proceeds from the opening weekend would go to charity

DREAMWORLD REOPENS. In this file photo, media gather at the Dreamworld theme park on Gold Coast on October 25, 2016, after 4 people were killed when a park ride malfunctioned. File photo by Tertius Pickard/AFP

Police guard Fontana casino after shutdown

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Policemen have been posted at the casino to ensure that no casino gambling operation will continue and that possible evidence shall not be concealed destroyed or taken out says the CIDG Region 3 chief

CLOSED. The casino at the Fontana Leisure Park and Casino has been shut down since December 4, 2016. Photo from the official Fontana website

Macau's top gambling tycoon: Who is Jack Lam?

Dec 05, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration

DOJ: Arrest Jack Lam upon return to PH 'if warranted'

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns about the strong possibility that the Chinese gaming tycoon may place himself beyond the reach of Philippine law

IMMIGRATION LOOKOUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the Bureau of Immigration to monitor Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam's entry into and departure from the Philippines. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Jack Lam left PH ahead of Duterte order – BI

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Meanwhile Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says there is no need for an arrest warrant against Lam for him to be nabbed

RIGHT TO TRAVEL. The Bureau of Immigration clarified guidelines on the need to prove financial capability before being allowed to travel abroad. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Sy-led Belle Corp terminates agreement with Leisure Resorts

Nov 04, 2016 - 6:27 PM

Belle has been undertaking strategic moves over the past few days

PARTNERS. Australian billionaire and Melco chairman James Packer (right) with his co-chairman Lawrence Ho (center) during a press conference on the opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe / Agence France-Presse

Australia theme park defends safety standards after deaths

Oct 27, 2016 - 1:13 PM

UPDATED Dreamworld would like to assure the public and park guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications

Media gather at the Dreamworld theme park on Gold Coast on October 25, 2016, after four people were killed when a park ride malfunctioned. Tertius Pickard/AFP

Uncertainty hounds online gaming in the Philippines

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Share prices of PhilWeb and Leisure Resorts jump by 50 after President Rodrigo Duterte mulls resumption of online gaming

UP IN THE AIR. 'There will be no renewal of e-gaming licenses. We found out that over 100 outlets were in violation of distance requirements,' PAGCOR's Domingo tells senators. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Calata partners with investment, gaming firms for P65B casino resort in Cebu

Aug 23, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Expected to be opened in 2020 the Mactan development will have 3 luxury hotels an entertainment complex featuring a full scale casino and retail shopping

GAME-CHANGER. Mactan Leisure City will introduce three luxury hotels, an entertainment complex featuring a full-scale casino and retail shopping. Image from Mactan Leisure City Facebook page

US boy, 10, dies on world's tallest water slide

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Authorities in the US state of Kansas are investigating the death of a 10 year old boy on what is billed as the world s tallest water slide

A file photo of the Verrukt slide. Image courtesy Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Kazuo Okada eyes resorts, golf courses in the Philippines

Jul 20, 2016 - 3:35 PM

The Japanese billionaire whose 44 hectare integrated resort and casino Okada Manila is opening this year wants to pursue more projects in the Philippines

MAKING AN IMPRESSION. A rendering of Tiger Resort's planned casino, with a dancing fountain as centerpiece. It is set to open in this year. Image courtesy of Tigers Resorts

Okada's Philippine casino on track for 2016 opening

May 25, 2016 - 6:07 PM

The chief of Tiger Resort says the company is bullish on the prospects of its planned resort and Entertainment City

MAKING AN IMPRESSION. A rendering of Tiger Resort's planned casino, with a dancing fountain as centerpiece. It is set to open in December 2016. Image courtesy of Tigers Resorts

Appeals court to CDC: Pay cash benefits of 455 Clark resort workers

May 18, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The appellate court upholds the decision rendered by NCMB arbiter Josephus Jimenez on April 29 2014 ordering the Clark Development Corporation to regard Mimosa employees as regular employees and pay their unpaid bonuses

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Apr 05, 2016 - 12:32 PM

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6 things we know about RCBC money-laundering scam

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Since the Anti Money Laundering Council started its probe into the heist on February 19 a lot has happened – from confessions to resignations

UNLEASHES. More leads surface as key witness Kim Wong faces the Senate, steering authorities to the location of the stolen money and two alleged main players in the money-laundering case. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Casino junket operator gives new leads in Bangladesh bank heist

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:56 AM

More leads surface as key witness Kim Wong faces the Senate steering authorities to the location of the stolen money and two alleged main players in the money laundering case

DENIES. Kim Wong tells senators he does not know where the $81 million came from. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PhilRem, Kim Wong differ on missing $17-M Bangladesh Bank funds

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:09 PM

UPDATED Wong also vehemently denies any link to the money laundering scandal telling senators he does not know where the 81 million came from

KIM WONG. Appearing before the Senate, Kim Wong denies any links to money laundering operations. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IEC 2016: Vatican official warns vs 'electronic sweatshops'

Jan 27, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Cardinal Peter Turkson the top Vatican official on social justice issues stresses the value of rest in a world that is busy 24 7

TOP VATICAN OFFICIAL. Cardinal Peter Turkson holds a copy of Pope Francis' encyclical, 'Laudato Si,' during its official presentation in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. Photo by Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Majalah Amerika nobatkan Bali sebagai pulau terbaik kedua di dunia

Jan 10, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Peringkat itu diraih berdasarkan hasil survei pembaca Pulau Bali meraih nilai 88 98

Pulau Bali terpilih sebagai pulau terbaik ke dua di dunia versi Majalah Travel+Leisure dari Amerika Serikat. Foto oleh Fikri Yusuf/ANTARA

Megaworld to open 2 malls worth P4B

Aug 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Opening in the last quarter of 2015 the Uptown malls promise to redefine lifestyle retail leisure and entertainment in upscale north Fort Bonifacio area