The Magic of Solaire Resort & Casino

A couple of months ago, my wife and I watched music conductor Gerard Salonga and ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in the show titled “The Magic of John Williams” at The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.


We totally enjoyed the show as we listened to wonderful musical scores by American composer John Williams from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Superman, and Jaws. The acoustics of the Theater was excellent and comparable to those in The West End of London.

The performance of the orchestra was superb. My personal favorites were the haunting melodies of Schindler’s List and the themes from Superman and Star Wars.  Music conductor Gerard Salonga at various times provided some comic relief in between performances. All in all, the show was excellent and wonderful!!!

Afterwards, we had fine Italian cuisine for dinner at Finestra. The ambiance there is truly amazing and their complimentary breads are definitely one of the best in the country. Our main courses of Carbonara Cremosa and Risotto were not as impressive, but were delicious nonetheless.

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As an added bonus, we got to view various paintings along the hallway with the Mona Lisa Project.  The Mona Lisa Project is a collection of works which integrates Leonardo da Vinci’s famous icon, The Mona Lisa. It is curated by artist Soler Santos.

This is definitely one of our most memorable evenings in 2015.

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DreamPlay is Fun

Last Saturday, we celebrated my wife’s thirty-fourth birthday at the newest casino complex in Metro Manila, that is, City of Dreams Manila.

After eating dolsot bibimbap for lunch at O Kitchen, we immediately went to DreamPlay, City of Dreams’ Dreamworks-themed indoor playground.

At DreamPlay, we first went to DreamTheater. It was a real treat watching various popular Dreamworks Animation characters come alive in wonderful short 4-D animation movies (that is, 3-D movies with surprise water sprays in synchronization with the movies, which is very similar to Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Hong Kong Disneyland).

Afterwards, my son joined other kids in the Kung Fu Panda Dojo to train to become a kung fu master. There were motion sensors to determine how much they were able to follow Po and Master Monkey of the Furious Five.


My son then went climbing and sliding in the various dragon-shaped slides in the How to Fly Your Dragon area. The slides are of various sizes and have different twists and turns. He had the greatest time here, and he spent around two hours playing there.

At around seven o’clock in the evening, we went to Gingy’s Kitchen, where my wife and son learned how to make a gingerbread man. An instructor made step-by-step instructions of how to mix cookie dough, cut and mold the gingerbread, and apply icing on the gingerbread man. Gingy, Shrek and Donkey made appearances there too.


Thereafter, we spotted a life-size Po mascot walking around and took pictures with him.

My son capped the night by playing at the Afro Circus, a Madagascar-themed multilevel play area.

There were also other attractions for bigger kids, such as the Wall of Destiny and Thread of Enlightenment. We also missed DreamTales, a puppet show of the Dreamworks characters, and DreamStudio, among others, because of time constraints.

In any event, we really had a blast! DreamPlay easily trumps all the other indoor playgrounds in the Philippines, such as Kidsville Play and Party Center of The Podium Mall and Kidzoona of Robinsons Galleria.

As for the City of Dreams itself, there are still a lot of unopened stores and the restaurants are very pricey, but the hallways are very spacious and grand. We can’t wait to comeback after all the other stores and restaurants open.

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