As I stare out of the car window when I rounded the Lorenzo Cathedral, I caught a glimpse of a sign pointing the way to the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant. Apparently, it’s on Manila Bay, beside the CCP Complex.
The famous floating restaurant from Hong Kong? Here?!?
I did a search and came up with this excerpt from the Filipino Reporter:
A floating restaurant sailing into Manila Bay just before zero hour struck in the last day of the last century.
Stanley Ho, the Macau casino king, was yet again signaling in dramatic fashion his entry into the country’s entertainment, leisure and gambling industry.
The $600-million Jumbo Palace Floating Restaurant, which used to be a tourist feature of Hong Kong, has moved to Manila just as Macau, the Portuguese territory at the mouth of the Pearl River, reverted back to China.
So it has been here for five years already! (Assuming it’s still here.) Further article search reveals that it’s both a restaurant and a casino. According to this (March 29, 2005), the floating casino never opened, but it remains moored in Manila Bay.
I wonder if it’s still there…