After the huge and much talked about opening a year ago and being the first new property in Entertainment City, Solaire Resorts and Casino has experienced a year of overwhelming popularity, adding to this growing popularity is its recent October 16-28 2014 World Poker Tournament®.
In a mutually beneficial five-year relationship with World Poker Tournament®, Solaire Resorts and Casino will be playing hostess for a country long regarded as one of Asia’s poker hotbeds, the Philippines. With a destination designed to match international luxury resorts across the globe with world-class gaming facilities, Solaire Resorts and Casino’s recent World Poker Tournament® was a smashing success with over 58 Million Pesos awarded during its two week Poker festival.
Solaire’s Senior Vice President for Casino Marketing, Cyrus Sherafat recounts what went on during the festival, who Solaire is eyeing to play on the felt and what Solaire will be in the following months to come.
For more of my interview, please grab a copy of Power Play Magazine’s December 2014 issue with Rustan’s Chief, Amb. Bienvenido R. Tantoco, Sr. on the cover.
In Norse Mythology, Valkyrie referred to one of the virginal women who searched the battlefields for the souls of dead men fit to become einherjar (ine-hair-ee-are), which were then taken up to Valhalla (the equivalent of heaven) and trained to fight in the battle of Ragnarok (equivalent of apocalypse). The Valkyrie also served wine and food to the einherjar in the great hall.
And so the word was out: the establishment of the colossal Palace at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and the unveiling of its first phase, Valkyrie Nightclub. Valkyrie Nightclub is just the initial stage of the massive complex that is rising in uptown Taguig.1
The brainchild of the people behind Members Only, Prive, Aracama, 71 Gramercy, 12 Monkeys, Draft Republiq, Opus, Aracama, and from the not-so-distant past, Embassy, Encore, Cuisine and Fly2 , for Manila’s party crowd, there is only one place to be seen: Valkyrie at The Palace2 . Celebrity partners include Tim Yap, Raymond Gutierrez, JM Rodriguez and Fabio Ide1 with Kim Yao, Stephen Ku, Neil Arce and Pam Solilapsi.1
Valkyrie the nightclub has two floors in a cavernous and luxurious space. It has multiple VIP seating areas and six luxury skyboxes.1 Valkyrie can accommodate almost 3,000 people1 and it’s bound to get bigger. The first step for The Palace2 soon to rise will be two restaurants, a micro brewery, a day club with pool and 12 cabanas, and a high-end lounge and bar on this sprawling space in uptown Bonifacio Global City.1 Is the cover charge consumable? “Yes, but we highly recommend reserving a table,” says GP Reyes1
“I didn’t realize how huge our club is until I decided to do the rounds. I didn’t get to see most of the people I wanted to see. It was such a fun and crazy night. I’m overwhelmed!” said JM Rodriguez, one of the partners.2
“When all the phases have been opened, The Palace will be able to accommodate 10,000 people,” said Tim Yap, another of the partners.2 “We wanted to give Manila a new nightlife home that encompasses everything in terms of scale, a paradise of sorts, from night to day,” he added.2
The Palace, located on 9th Avenue and 36th Street in Bonifacio Global City, will be the biggest nightlife destination in the country with six distinct outlets—Valkyrie Nightclub, Pool Club at The Palace, Revel Room, Brewery, Light Café, and a Japanese lounge and restaurant.1
The second phase, the Pool Club and Light Café, will be launched in February 2015, while the third and final phase, the Revel Room, Brewery and Japanese lounge, will be completed by April 2015.1
The man behind The Palace, Erik Cua started his first club, Temple, when he was only 29 years old. Always coming up with brilliant concepts for what our town is looking for, he conceptualizes nightlife on the fast track.1
“The Palace was envisioned as the biggest nightlife destination in Asia. It is poised to put the Philippines on the worldwide clubbing map with its six truly unique clubbing concepts, the first of which is Valkyrie, the nightclub, which is a bilevel space with luxurious interiors, soaring ceilings, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound system” GP Reyes adds.1
With a recent grand opening last Dec. 4, Valkyrie has had international acts spin and perform with the likes of Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and Canadian electronic dance music duo Adventure Club. To welcome the New Year, Dirty South will fly in for The Palace New Year’s Eve Ball on Dec. 31.2
Valkyrie at The Palace is at 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City. For table reservations, call 0917-6808888
The St. Paul University Quezon City, in partnership with Optimus Minds Training and Development Center, will have a gala premiere screening the movie, Ang Kamanghangmanghang Bakasyon ni Juan on December 12, 2014 Friday at SM North EDSA.
The film is produced by Sinehan Advocacy Media Projects, Inc. and is directed by Crisaldo Pablo.
The movie tackles environmental issues and attempts to offer simple solutions to preserve the environment. It also features environment-friendly products as a safer alternative to the otherwise harmful products we use in our everyday life. The movie also emphasizes nature-appreciation and saving ecologically valuable natural areas. Through this movie, SPUQC hopes to educate the youth by conveying this message: The Preservation of the Planet is the Responsibility of Every Individual.
The Ang Kamanghangmanghang Bakasyon ni Juan was filmed and shot entirely on the campus of St. Paul University-QC. The university’s high school students are its main cast with cameo appearances by some of its teachers. Local film actors, like Maey Bautista of GMA Network, are also in this movie.
You may reach St. Paul University at their website: http://www.spuqc.edu.ph. They are also on Twitter [ twitter.com/spuqc1946 ] and Facebook [ facebook.com/spuqc.alumni ]
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Learning. December 9 2014
“Sexy, Slick, Sharp and Sophisticated”, the longest running American musical on Broadway, “Chicago” comes to Manila! Running from December 3 to 21 2014, for only 23 performances with no possible extension, the Gala Premiere of the show also marks the grand opening of the country’s newest theatrical luxury hotspot – Entertainment City’s very own, Solaire Resorts and Casino’s The Theatre.
The gleaming 1760-seat theater has been specially constructed to house the big Broadway and West End shows, in recognition of the Filipino appetite for musical theatre, and firmly placing Manila on the international touring circuit.
Honored with 6 Tony® awards, 2 Olivier® awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations…It is no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico to Moscow, from Sáu Paulo to South Africa, and now, The Philippines!
RESORTS WORLD MANILA hosts 14th Grand Wine Experience
On November 14, 2014 (Friday), Resorts World Manila (RWM), together with the Philippine Wine Merchants (PWM) is set to host the 14th Grand Wine Experience at the Ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila, coinciding with the launch of RWM’s Grand Fiesta Manila 2014 Celebrations.
Presented by Philippine Wine Merchants and Ralphs Wines and Spirits; co-presented by Rustans Supermarket, Starbucks Coffee, Store Specialist Inc., Marriott Hotel Manila, Resorts World Manila, Future Trade International, Diageo Philippines, Moet-Hennessy Philippines, Premier Wine and Spirits, Barcino Corporation, Fly Ace Corporation, Bel Mondo Italia, Corp., Emperador Distillers, Aviver International, Best World Beverage Brands, Golden Wines, Grand Cru and Booze On Line.
For more information about this event, please visit http://www.rwmanila.com, or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline (632) 908-8833.
You can also find them on Facebook facebook.com/Resorts World Manila and twitter @rwmanila