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Concert of Dreams opens the gateway to the City of Dreams Manila

City of Dreams Exterior

City of Dreams Manila and its deserved Concert of Dreams

To make things more fitting, City of Dreams Manila opened its gateways to the public with an equally stunning concert last February 2.

Ne-Yo at the Concert of Dreams
Ne-Yo at the Concert of Dreams

Ne-Yo, a Grammy award-winning artist, spearheaded the grand opening concert, with, its star-studded performers, deserved the title of being the Concert of Dreams. R&B artist Ne-Yo sang his famous hits Let Me Love You, Closer, and Give me Everything (a collaboration with fellow artists Pitbull, Nayer, and Afrojack). During the concert Ne-Yo also promoted his new incoming album, “Non Fiction”.

Another international artist featured in the grand event was Kelly Rowland, a four-time Grammy award winner from former Destiny’s Child.

Red Carpet at the Concert of Dreams
Red Carpet at the Concert of Dreams Manila

Local artists that made the Concert of Dreams as dreamy were Gary Valenciano and Zsa Zsa Padilla, who sand their famous OPM hits. Jed Madela and Kyla also performed in the concert with their iconic high notes.

The Concert of Dreams was held at the City of Dream’s Manila architecturally unique Fortune Egg stadium, and started at 5:30 PM last February 2, just after the grand opening of the City of Dreams Manila earlier on the same day.

City of Dreams Grand Opening Press Conference
City of Dreams Manila Grand Opening Press Conference

Dream tickets were both bought and given away, with City of Dream Manila’s various promos and contests that were held before the actual date of the event.

About City of Dreams Manila

City of Dreams Manila is a 6.2 hectare entertainment resort complex in Pasay ad Paranaque. The resort complex includes a vast array of contemporary and world-class lifestyle and leisure brands such as Crown Towers Manila, Nobu Hotel Manila, Hyatt, DreamWorks, Chaos Nightclub, and the Pangea Ultra Lounge Group—all of which could be found within the property. The organization behind the development of the new resort complex dreams to be one of the leading leisure destinations in the Philippines, and also hopes to set a new trend to the entertainment and resorts industry.

City of Dreams Exterior
City of Dreams Exterior

City of Dreams Manila finally opened its dreamy gates to the public last February 2, 2015. Developed by Melco Crown Entertainment (MCE) Leisure (Philippines) Corporation in cooperation with SM Group’s Belle Corporation, the gaming and entertainment resort aims to become the premier leisure destination not only in Manila area but also hopefully in the entire country. City of Dreams Manila is under the management and operation of MCE Leisure Philippines, a subordinate organization of the larger Melco Crown Resorts Corporation, the developer of some well-known gaming and entertainment resort complexes in Asia. The billion-dollar City of Dreams Manila is located along Roxas Boulevard, a strategic location that is known as the gateway to Manila’s Entertainment City.

City of Dreams Facade
City of Dreams Facade

Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation is one of the leading names in the Philippine Stock Exchange—with the symbol MCP—so one shouldn’t expect less of what this dreamy entertainment and resort complex has to offer.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) President and Chief Operating Officer Jorge Sarmiento said in an interview that, in fulfilling the minimum investment requirement and in the applying for a permanent casino license, the Melco Crown Philippines and MCE Leisure have exceeded PAGCOR’s high expectations with the completion and opening of the stellar destination resort. “indeed, Melco Crown Entertainment’s experience and reputation in delivering world-class integrated resorts is fully recognizes and we are confident that City of Dreams Manila will play a key role in the future development of destination tourism to Entertainment City and Manila”, Sarmiento added.

City of Dreams Lobby Manila
City of Dreams Lobby Manila

A press conference was also held on early February 2 with the opening of City of Dreams Manila, and was hosted by Melco Crown Entertainment co-chairmen and billionaires Lawrence Ho and James Packer.
“Today it is my great pleasure to deliver on our promise to bring the highly successful City of Dreams brand experience to the Philippines. Today’s grand launch is an important milestone for Melco Crown Entertainment as we expand our presence and the City of Dreams brand in the region”, Ho said during the media presentation.”, Ho started.

“It (the grand launch of City of Dreams Manila) is a further step in realizing our overall vision of delivering diverse, world-class entertainment and lifestyle resorts in Asia, to meet the needs of leisure-seekers across the region.

“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and PAGCOR for their continuous support in helping us realize this stunning gaming, leisure and entertainment complex here at Entertainment City.

DreamPlay at City of Dreams Manila
DreamPlay at City of Dreams Manila

“City of Dreams Manila heralds a new and very exciting chapter in the continued development of Manila and the Philippines as a leading Asian leisure and tourism destination in Asia. We look forward to working closely with the government and our co-developers to bring even more unique, world-class entertainment to the city and to elevate its tourism sector to the next level.”, Ho finished.

Packer, the other MCE co-chairman, added: “This is a key development in our overall vision of providing a comprehensive portfolio of leisure and entertainment resort experiences in Asia that meet the rapidly evolving demands of Asian and international leisure customers. The Philippines is a dynamic and fast-growing market and City of Dreams Manila has been specifically developed to cater both to domestic demand and destination visitors across Asia and internationally.”

City of Dreams Manila is a gaming and entertainment resort complex that offers a wide gaming floor and casino, accommodations that cater to the needs of any type of guest, a vast array of restaurants with regional and international menus, and a shopping area of international brands, among other things. The resort complex’s unique building Fortune Egg also serves as a multipurpose building, and also aims to be one of the leading tourist attraction in the area with its classy exterior and one of a kind architectural design.

There are other facilities to be added to the City of Dream Manila’s property, so you could expect more to come from this newly-opened world-class resort complex. The perfect combination of all these factors make City of Dreams Manila make unique in the country, and makes it the possible stepping stone of the development of other contemporary resort complexes, as well as a possible candidate for boosting tourism not only within the region but also in the entire country.

Inside City of Dreams Manila Casino
Inside City of Dreams Manila Casino

The City of Dreams Manila is perhaps the first of its kind, and offers world-class contemporary entertainment. To emphasize this Melco Crown Entertainment commissioned a special TV promotional film produced by Brett Ratner, the director of Hollywood blockbusters “Red Dragon”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Hercules”, and the “Rush Hour” film franchise. The film featured in City of Dreams Manila is starred by Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, and Leonardo Di Caprio, and is aired within the resort complex.

“We have scenes set within City of Dreams Manila, and as Martin himself says about the resort in the film storyline: ‘What I want you to see, is where we are in Manila. This place is incredible, it’s fantastic…’ and believe me – this place really is fantastic!”, Director Brett Ratner expressed his enthusiasm.

Experience tourism and entertainment redefined in City of Dreams Manila, with its contemporary brands of leisure and lifestyle.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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