Pampanga City, June 29, 2003 (BULLETIN) The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) moves closer to its goal of transforming itself from a casino gaming enterprise into a provider of world-class entertainment with the soft opening of the Casino Filipino-Angeles in its new home in Pampanga last June 6.

Featuring an eye-catching architectural design influenced by Kapampangan culture and tradition, the new CF-Angeles is expected to attract not only casino aficionados, but both local and foreign tourists seeking alternative leisure options and wholesome entertainment.

The event was attended by top PAGCOR executives led by chairman and CEO Efraim C. Genuino, president and COO Rafael ‘Butch’ Francisco, Board members Manuel Roxas and Philip Lo, CF-Angeles branch manager Ernesto Francisco, as well as other branch and department heads. Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, the evening’s guest of honor, led the ceremonial toast.

Chairman Genuino said the new casino embodies PAGCOR’s determination to shift from gaming to entertainment.

“The lion’s share of the revenues generated by casino capitals such as Las Vegas comes from its entertainment industry,” he noted. “We are taking on a similar course with our casinos by focusing more on the provision of leisure and amusement, which everybody can enjoy.”

When fully-operational, Genuino is confident that CF-Angeles will surely be one of the most attractive destinations in Pampanga. “As the saying goes: this is only just the beginning.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Lazatin lauded PAGCOR for its efforts. “The emphasis here in CF-Angeles is entertainment, not gambling, really. That’s why I congratulate chairman Genuino for successfully changing the focus of PAGCOR and for making our casinos more family-oriented,” he said.

The difference between the new CF-Angeles with its predecessor, located just across it, lies in its grandness, which is fitting for a progressive region such as Pampanga. The casino facade showcases gigantic statues of mythical creatures from the Sunken folklore, projecting the strength and uniqueness of the casino. Between the statues is an equally massive Christmas lantern or “parol”, which Pampanga is known for. Adding to the distinctiveness of the casino is its feel of enchantment; going inside the casino is like walking through a fairy-tale.

Complementing the luxurious design on the outside are the meticulously designed interiors. Grand sculptures, first class Pampango carpets, and a stage where outstanding bands or singers perform are some of the interesting details that guests will find at the main gaming hall.

Aside from 39 gaming tables and 287 slot machines, this landmark boasts of first-class amenities such as a running light-guided driveway, escalators on all floors and a specially-designed VIP and Customer Lounges. Under construction on the third floor is an entertainment center where younger guests can enjoy live music, performances of some of the country’s top acts, and other exciting events.

Meanwhile, food lovers can satisfy their taste buds at Smoke House Grill Restaurant, located at the first floor, to sample dishes such as baby back ribs, roast chicken, pizza, pasta and other desserts. For more selective guests, they can try Asiana, located at the second floor, and fulfill their craving for Korean, Continental, Japanese and Filipino dishes.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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