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I had to include this as a Paranaque Things to do tip as the Casino Complex is located In Paranaque City, not in Manila.
The Sprawling 120 hectare Enttertainment City in the Manila Bay Area near the huge SM Mall of Asia Complex is the Philippine's answer to the Casino Complexes of Las Vegas, Macau and and the Resorts World Sentosa & Marina Bay Sands of Singapore. among the first to opened this year in march, is the Bloombery Resort group and their Showpiece Jewel is called Solaire Resort and Casino, the second las vegas type huge entairtanment complex cum casino in the philippines after the Resorts World Casino Complex near the NAIA Terminal 3 airport in Pasay City. Solaire Resort and Casino is patterned after the huge las vegas megacomplex casino and entetainment complexes and boast of a total of 8.3 hectares and on the first phase, will house a 5-star hotel with 500 rooms and a 1,000-seat grand ballroom. The area has 18,500 square metres gaming area containing 1,200 slot machines and 300 gaming tables which are connected to the main lobby area and integrated with the restaurants and bars inside like the dragon bar, finestra restaurant, yakumi japanese restaurant, strip steakhouse and more. Plus like in las vegas, they offer free drinks and bottled water to casino patrons. they even has private gaming rooms for the high rollers as this casino complex is geared for the high rollers across asia and is a direct competitor of the macau and singapore and the genting highland casinos of malaysia.
They also have a rewards card with free memberships which is similar to the comps card of las vegas and atlantic city where you get room upgrades, free games, free meals and more once you accumulated enouigh points while gambling. They also have free parking in their multi level parking building just beside the complex and with elevator acess to the casinos.
a basic room here will cost 12,000 pesos a night.
Written Apr 3, 2013
Address: 1 Solaire Boulevard, Pagcor Entertainment City
This is a fun and educational place for adults and kids...
Contact: Nancy Ang
The place is not yet fully constructed, but it is a great place to visit to learn about stuff. They have very nice tour guides and there are already a lot of things to see.
It would have been nice if they have food stands and a few nature rides (they still have space), but what they have now is already OK (they have a canteen in case you get thirsty or hungry). I told my mom that Eden Nature Park in Davao is much more interesting, but since this place is in Sucat, it is already paradise in the midst of our city.
Children and the young at heart would truly have fun here.
It's very educational and pleasing to the eyes.
My advise it to visit the place when it's not too hot so that you wouldn't need to bring umbrellas. :)
entrance fee: 180 Pesos
They are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday
Here are some interesting articles and blogs about the place:
Article No. 1: An Oasis in the South of Metro
Article 2:Commuting to Bio Research's Lost Eden
(#7. The Lost Eden-photos taken by my friend, Jayvee Fernandez)10 Spots for the Kid At Heart
Updated Oct 11, 2012
Address: 8362 Dr A Santos Avenue, Sucat, Paranaque City
Phone: + 63 2 826-3535 local 127
Santana Groove is a new shopping and dining destination in the paranaque area for middle income families and the burgeoning call center industry employees and is anchored by a big shopwise supercenter and several dining and bars in it's vicinity.
Updated Aug 25, 2010
Commonly known as Baclaran Church, the Redemptorist Church is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It is said to be the most attended church in Asia, with seating capacity of 3,000 and standing room space for 9,000 more devotees.
Every Wednesday, 10,000 - 12,000 people from all walks of life go there to attend the novena. Mass starts as early as 5:30 am and the last mass is at 7pm. You may choose your most convenient time from their complete mass schedules.
If it's physically impossible to go there, you may email prayer petitions to: email@example.com Thanksgiving letters may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated Nov 28, 2009
Address: Baclaran, Paranaque
Phone: +63 (02) 832-1150 / 832-1151
St. Andrews Cathedral in Barangay La Huerta is the oldest church in Paranaque, and one of the oldest in the Philippines. It was established in the year 1580 by Augustinian Friars who spread the Spanish religion of Roman Catholicism throughout the Philippines. The Augustinians chose La Huerta as the site of their mission house.
St. Andrews Cathedral is now the shrine of the Nuestra Sñra. Del Buen Suceso, and is the seat of the Paranaque Catholic Diocese.
Many Catholics go to St. Andrews Cathedral for their traditional Visita Iglesia.
Written Jun 3, 2009
Address: Barangay La Huerta, Paranaque
Bicutan in my youth was just the interchange of the South Luzon Expressway with lots of Vacant lots with Cogon Grass but is now transformed into a Retail Shopping area (Thanks mostly to the SM Mall) and lots of business and retail establishments at Dona Soledad Avenue (now a short cut to the NAIA Airport), ah Reminiscing!
Updated Jul 21, 2008
Address: Dona Soleded Avenue, Bgy. Don Bosco, Bicutan
Watching Movies at SM Cinemas are a fun experience primarily because they are the amost the cheapest to watch movies as compared to other Cinemas. A movie here only cost about 90 pese (about $ 2) which is cheap since in other Cinemas like in Greenbelt or in Powerplant Mall in Makati City, a movie costs about 150 pesos (about $ 3.50). But still cheaper than movies in North America where afternoon matinees cost $ 8 and Evening watching costs $ 10.
Updated Jul 21, 2008
Address: Upper Bicutan, SM Mall, Paranaque
Phone: (632) 776-3055-56
Home of Nuestra Senora del Buensuceso, patroness of Palanyag (Paranaque's former name). The image said to be brought to St. Andrew's Church in La Huerta in 1625.
St. Andrew's Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Paranaque which is headed by Bishop Jesse Mercado DD.
Parish Priest is Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel.
Updated May 12, 2007
Address: Quirino Ave.,La Huerta, Paranaque City
Yes, yes, yes, it's a memorial park. It's one of the most beautiful memorial parks in the country, if not the best. The best time to visit this place is in the daytime so that you can appreciate the foliage and the different styles of Mausoleums, tombs and other forms of burial places. There is even a columnbarium for those people who do not believe that the ashes should be scattered after cremation.
To learn more (and to see the addresses of other "branches", please visit their website. =)
(btw, it's considered a National Park because a looooooot of people visit here...especially on Nov. 1 and 2)
Written Feb 15, 2007
Address: Dr. A. Santos (Sucat Rd) Paranaque City 1700
This is old redemptorist church is the "novena mecca" mentioned in my intro. Even if you're not Catholic it would be interesting to pass by here (just don't go on a Tuesday evening, the whole of Wednesday and during weekends because you'll just get dizzy...or your wallet might be snatched) because of the history, art, architecture etcetera. Nearby are bargain stalls (just bring a Filipino friend along with you because your shopping spree might turn into a tourist trap) and lots of fast food centers.
Updated Jan 29, 2007
Address: Roxas Blvd. corner Redemptorist,Paranaque City
Phone: +63 2 832 1150