City of Dreams Manila all set for grand launch

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2015 10:22 AM | Updated as of Jan 27 2015 07:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - City of Dreams Manila is gearing up for its official grand launch on February 2.

Developer Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation said more than 600,000 have visited the integrated casino-resort during its "sneak preview" period which started last December 14. Around 20,000 visited the casino on its first day alone.

The grand launch will be led by Melco Crown Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho and co-chairman James Packer, as well as Melo Crown Philippines chairman and president Clarence Chung.

"Our official Grand Launch finally delivers our stated commitment to bring Manila its first international integrated leisure destination offering. The new resort complex will deliver a diverse collection of contemporary leisure and lifestyle brands from all over the world, including Crown, Nobu, Hyatt and the Pangaea Group, who are behind the world's most successful nightclubs and lounges," Chung said.

City of Dreams Manila had generated a lot of buzz for its promotional trailer directed by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and featured Hollywood stars Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

City of Dreams Manila will have an opening concert on February 2, with international R&B star Ne-Yo as the headliner. The concert will also feature Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Kyla, and Jed Madela.

The resort complex is located at Entertainment City, which the Philippines is hoping will rival Macau as the region's gaming hub.