Filipino-themed integrated resort lands on Entertainment City

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ANOTHER ambitious development project has landed in the Entertainment City in Parañaque following the inauguration of an all Filipino-inspired integrated resort that is expected to provide thousands of jobs and generate additional revenues to both the national and local economies, while bringing in millions of international travelers to the country in the next four years.

Dubbed as “NayonLanding,” this $1.5-billion leisure-cum-entertainment facility is a project of Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. (Landing Philippines), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Ltd., together with its subsidiaries (the Group).

According to Landing International Chairman and Executive Director Dr. Yang Zhihui, they are building an emblem of Manila as a modern global city, while leveraging on the country’s abundant natural attractions and warm hospitality of its people.

“The integrated resort shall feature the uniqueness of Filipino-inspired architecture and interior designs, and the leisure and entertainment facilities in the resort shall incorporate Filipino culture and heritage,” he said during the groundbreaking ceremony held in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City, last week.

This family-oriented facility promises a distinctly different must-see and must-experience destination, capturing the hearts and minds of domestic and foreign visitors of all ages.

“NayonLanding is expected to employ approximately 10,000 job opportunities, of which at least 95 percent shall be local. It will attract an additional 2 [million] to 3 million international visitors to the Philippines when the resort is opened in 2022,” he added.

This project is the fifth and newest casino-resort facility that will rise in the Las Vegas-style gaming strip along Manila Bay. It adds to the three integrated resorts currently operating within the Entertainment City, namely, Solaire Resort and Casino of Bloomberry, City of Dreams Manila of Melco and Okada Manila of Universal Entertainment. Fourth locator Malaysian developer Genting is also developing a resort, dubbed “Westside City Resorts World,” in the 120-hectare reclaimed land area.

“The decision of Landing International to locate here is another vote of confidence for our city and should help sustain our growth momentum in the years and decades to come as one of the most dynamic economic centers in the Philippines, if not the entire Southeast Asian region,” said Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Philippine landmark in the making

CARRYING in its name Nayon, which means small village in Tagalog, Landing Group’s first foray in the country, however, is deemed a bigger and bolder investment that will create a new landmark and a source of national pride for Filipinos.

“I have never met, in my whole lifetime, an investor to our country that in the entirety of this whole project and investment decided to promote our country,” Nayong Pilipino Foundation Chairman Patricia Ocampo said of the initiative of the foreign developer to embrace their concept of putting up the new Nayong Pilipino when they presented it to them. “Thank you for investing in our country, and we look forward to a very long future together.”

Set to be built on a parcel of land spanning around 95,700 square meters in size with a planned construction floor area of approximately 610,000 sq m, NayonLanding is designed to offer a cornucopia of unique attractions meant to satisfy the desire of visitors who come from varied locations and backgrounds, as well as different age groups.

For one, the indoor cultural theme park is truly Filipino, featuring the vast history and beauty of the Philippines’s three main islands—Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. There will be an amphitheater to host a series of cultural shows, a walkthrough display and a tour of the country via a 360-degree theatrical presentation.

The indoor themed waterpark, on the other hand, will provide an exhilarating adventure for families and visitors to feel the breathtaking environments with lush landscaping, and crystal-clear waterfalls cascading down a series of terraces. To add to their excitement, there will be a suspended lazy river that disappears into a towering volcano and a wave pool surrounded by swaying palms and rock work found within the world’s most beautiful beaches found in this tropical island nation.

NayonLanding also boasts of having Asia’s first and largest indoor movie-based theme park.  Comprised of seven zones, it will provide state-of-the-art adventure rides, attractions, shows, themed dining and retail experiences to immerse guests in some of the most popular international blockbuster movies.

As for its hospitality component, the resort offers visitors 1,500 luxury hotel rooms, with opulent decorations, stylish furnishings, high-level attention to details and impeccable services. The Philippines’s first symbolic rooftop sky park and infinity pool will be built within the hotel zone. Here, visitors can gaze at the city skyline from the top floor and take spectacular photographs of Manila or Instagram-worthy selfies and groupies with the city as the backdrop.

Guests can also enjoy the finest dining experience with the innovative culinary creations from different gastronomic hubs worldwide. Of course, there will be a themed retail involving the widest variety of luxury global brands housed in ancestral Filipino-Hispanic architectural buildings.

Gamers can play at world-class casinos seated on two floors designed with a transitional interior that lends an interesting setting to the intimacy of classical pieces that enhance the space. A Sky Casino will occupy the top floor for an exquisite gaming experience.

A state-of-the-art convention center, with a 4,000-seater pillar-free grand ballroom fit for large-scale occasions and gatherings, as well as multiple breakout and function rooms make it truly a MICE (meeting, incentives, conference and events) destination at the heart of the Entertainment City.

Anchored on the Philippines’s 2022 Tourism Vision, NayonLanding is destined to become a trendsetter in its own class. It is set to expand Landing’s footprint into Southeast Asia, following its successful opening of Jeju Shinhwa World (JSW), one of the largest family-oriented integrated resorts in South Korea and the entire Northeast Asia.

“We’re also confident that they will be able to duplicate that success here in our city,” Parañaque City First District Rep. Eric Olivarez said of the developer’s growing brand equity in JSW to attract more Koreans and tourists in the region to visit the Philippines.

With construction now ongoing, city officials look forward to the smooth implementation of such a big-ticket project.

He added, “We cannot wait to see a wide array of international state-of-the-art facilities and amenities, such as posh luxury hotel, convention halls, state-of-the-art theaters, sports stadium, restaurants, shopping centers, cultural centers, museums, amusement parks, and an observation tower that will be among the tallest structure of its kind in the world, and the biggest indoor theme park in the world. It will showcase the rich heritage and tradition of our fellow Filipinos.”

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Roderick L. Abad graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, with a degree course in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He has 12 years of journalism experience, starting as a Special Features Writer in a major daily newspaper. In 2006, he moved to the BusinessMirror in the same capacity and, eventually, became a beat reporter. To his credit, he was a finalist in the 2011 Holcim Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction and the 2013 Lasallian Scholarum Awards. He remains affiliated with the BusinessMirror as a contributor.