Recognizing the importance of sustainable sourcing, responsible purchasing and inspiring national pride for locally-produced products, City of Dreams Manila has made a conscious effort to support social, ethical and environmentally responsible local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
“City of Dreams Manila proudly supports SMEs. Through our partnership with them, we are able to enhance the sustainability attributes of our procured goods and services, therefore extending our sustainability commitments into our supply chain. At the same time, we are also able to contribute to the economic development of the local communities that the SMEs are working with,” City of Dreams Manila Chief Operating Officer Kevin Benning said.
The resort recently launched its advertising billboards that banner its proud support to SMEs with the message “City of Dreams Goes Local”, with over 90% of its procurement supporting local business. In working with SMEs, City of Dreams Manila proactively shares with them the company’s procurement standards to equip them to provide the best service and products.These partnerships support Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited’s (“Melco”) belief in investing in local suppliers and local economies under its “Above & Beyond” sustainability strategy. Melco is a developer and owner of casino, gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia and Europe. Its Philippine subsidiary, Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (“MRP”) is the parent company of Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation (“Melco Leisure”) which manages and operates City of Dreams Manila.
In 2019, City of Dreams Manila shifted to sourcing all coffee beans from local farmers, specifically in Bukidnon; Atok, Benguet; and Lipa, Batangas among others, in partnership with Le Café Filipina and the Philippine Coffee Board Inc., who both believe that local coffee varieties are at par and sometimes even better than other coffees being used by many establishments. These local yet high quality coffee beans are then roasted, blended and brewed as signature coffee creations uniquely offered in all restaurants of City of Dreams of Manila.
The integrated resort also partnered with Chen Yi Agventures, a fully integrated and sustainable rice business behind the brand Dalisay Rice otherwise known as Renucci Rice, which boasts of its produce that are 100% chemical-free and 100% traceable – from grain sourcing to planting and processing – from the fertile farmlands of Alangalang, Leyte. These rice produce are harvested by farmers who were formerly victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Last year, Dalisay Rice proudly raised the country’s flag after it was hailed the third best out of 30 rice varieties around the world at the 11th Annual World Rice Conference in 2019, a feat recognized by The Office of the President.
City of Dreams Manila also purchases responsibly-sourced seafood from local fisheries and farms through sustainable seafood companies such as Meliomar and SeaTraceability, Inc., whose business practice aligns with the integrated resort’s vision to contribute in the preservation of marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of communities that depend on them. Other SMEs supported by the resort particularly in its efforts to help stem the spread of the coronavirus include MedGrocer for medical and healthcare solutions, and Sofia Advertising for various health protection signage requirements.
“Moving forward, City of Dreams Manila aims to engage with more SMEs in the future, not only to build a sustainable supply chain but also, as responsible corporate citizens to continue contributing to the economic growth of local communities,” Benning shared.
About City of Dreams Manila
The luxury integrated casino resort City of Dreams Manila marks the formal entry of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited into the fast-growing and dynamic tourism industry in the Philippines. Officially opened in February 2015, City of Dreams Manila is operated by Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation, a subsidiary of Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation.
The dynamic and innovative resort complex, located on an approximately 6.2-hectare site at the gateway to Entertainment City in Parañaque, includes the ultimate in entertainment, hotel, retail and dining and lifestyle experiences with aggregated gaming space, including VIP and mass-market gaming facilities.
The integrated resort features three luxury hotel brands, each awarded with an accolade by Forbes Travel Guide (FTG): Five-Star Nüwa Manila in 2018, 2019 and 2020 which also named it one of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels in 2018; Four-Star Nobu and Hyatt Regency, also for three consecutive years. FTG also awarded Nuwa Spa with Five-Star rating in 2020. More than 20 impressive restaurants and bars, a retail boulevard, health and wellness centers, and distinctive entertainment venues, including the family entertainment center DreamPlay, the world’s first DreamWorks-themed interactive play space and The Garage, a VR Zone and food park, complete the facilities.
City of Dreams Manila delivers an unparalleled entertainment and hospitality experience to the Philippines and is playing a key role in strengthening the depth and diversity of Manila’s leisure, business and tourism offering, enhancing its growing position as one of Asia’s premier leisure destinations. For more information, please visit https://www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.
About Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation
Integrated casino developer Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (“MRP” or the “Company”) is a subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:”MLCO”), the developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia and Europe. Its subsidiary, Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation (“Melco Leisure”), which developed City of Dreams Manila along with SM Investments Corporation, Belle Corporation and Premium Leisure Amusement, Inc., is responsible for the operation and management of the luxury integrated resort.
For more information about MRP, please visit: melco-resorts-philippines.com.
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