Officially launched in 2005, the 25-hectare Newport City in Pasay is fast becoming a world-class tourist city, surrounded by some of the most popular landmarks in the Philippines such as Resorts World Manila, SM Mall of Asia, and the theme park Star City.
To learn more about this leisure, entertainment-centric neighborhood, we’ve listed the most common hotspots you wouldn’t want to miss upon your visit.
For Students and Educators
Newport City has been home to many educational and cultural establishments; that’s why school trips and excursions are common in this neighborhood. For one, there’s Science Discovery Center where you can check out some amazing inventions and simulations. Students and teachers who come here won’t miss all the learnings from the planetarium, virtual reef, grossology, robotics, and earthquake simulations.
Also, there’s the Aerospace Museum of the Philippines, which attracts little kids who love airplanes and helicopters. This place is also very educational as the kids will learn the aviation history of the country.
Other educational attractions include Nayong Pilipino, Manila Ocean Park, SMX Convention Center, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex where most business fairs, concerts, and theater productions take place.
After long hours of touring educational establishments, excursionists can unwind in the popular theme park Star City.
Another fun stuff to do is the three-minute bungee jumping in San Mig by the Bay.
For Big Spenders
Apparently, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (SM MOA), is in Newport City. With lots of international and local brands to choose from, you’ll surely find what you’re looking for in here. Fine dining and fastfood restaurants also vary with their wide selections of dishes and drinks. What’s more, SM MOA has its own arena where most sports events and concerts are held, IMAX cinemas, and ice skating rink.
Another hotspot for big spenders is the casino entertainment complex Resorts World Manila (RWM), where you can play, shop, watch movies and concerts, or simply relax. RWM has three modern hotels, namely Marriott Hotel, Maxims Hotel, and Remington Hotel, which total to 1,547 rooms.
RWM’s Las Vegas-style casino has three levels of gaming floors and separate closed rooms for high rollers. It also features 1,500 slot machine and 300 kinds of gaming tables such as Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack, and Baccarat.
For Night Owls
Some of the most famous nightspots in Manila are also found in Newport City. One of these is Club Republiq, one of the biggest dance clubs in Asia. With over 13,000 sq. ft. space for clubbing, you’re surely bound to enjoy the night! For an entrance fee of PhP500 only, you’re provided with two free drinks and an evening of the latest club music, played by international DJs.
Also, there’s TGI Fridays. If you think this classy restaurant is just for dining, you’re wrong. You can also drink in its very inviting bar area, which offers a long list of cocktails. What’s better is that the prices here are slightly less expensive compared with TGI Fridays in other countries.
In case you enjoy listening to live bands, head out to The Great Room, the main bar in Marriott Hotel. For maki and sushi lovers, check out Mr. Kurosawa, a Japanese bar and restaurant, which serves assorted Japanese fusion dishes and cheap beer at PhP 40 per bottle.
Another popular bar and restaurant you shouldn’t miss is Hooters, where the Hooter Girls serve the food and entertain the guests by dancing around the restaurant.
For Home Settlers
There are many reasons why many locals and tourists would want to live in this place. However, Newport City’s proximity to important amenities such as schools, hospitals, and airports is the main reason to live here. In fact, some of the most reputable schools in the country such as the University of the Philippines-Manila, De La Salle University-Manila, Arellano University College of Law, St. Scholastica’s College, and St. Paul’s University are close by.