Japan-based Universal Entertainment Corp., known for its pachinko slot machines, will build the Manila Bay Resorts casino complex along Manila Bay said it aims to hire 15,000 local workers when it starts operations in 2014.
The $2-billion Manila Bay Resorts, which broke ground on Thursday Jan. 26, 2012, will have two casino hotels hosting 450 VIP and 600 luxury rooms and local and international restaurant chains. It also will feature a high-end shopping mall with over 150 stores, an indoor beach club topped with a huge glass dome and a large-scale fountain show attraction that would rival that of The Bellagio.
According to Kazuo Okada, Universal Entertainment Corp.’s chairman, they are open to tying up with foreign or local partners for this project, particularly the shopping arcade outside the casino hotels and the residential components of the resort complex.
Universal Entertainment operates Wynn Resorts, a joint venture of Steve Wynn and the Aruze Group of Japan, and is the leading company in the slot machine manufacturing industry of its home country.
Aruze was dragged into the graft and corruption case of former Pagcor chairman Efraim Genuino, who allegedly used the 300 metric tons of rice the Japanese firm donated to typhoon victims in 2008 for the mayoral candidacies of his sons in Makati and Los Banos, Laguna.