A new complex by Alphaland Marina is being developed in Manila Bay.
The 300-slip marina is part of the Alphaland Marina complex, which includes a 34-story residential tower, already open. Alphaland Marina President Roberto Oreta believes that a yacht club with a leasing programme will do well in the Manila market. He believes that the Philippines is ready for a luxury complex like Alphaland. ‘It is aspirational. People want the lifestyle. They want to experience taking their whole family to Boracay, on their own yacht,’ he said. Oreta says his development will be the first marina in Asia to offer such a large yacht-leasing programme
Piling for the Club House is under way in the middle of the marina, and construction of an 800m breakwater should start soon. The Marina will be a commercial marina – not a yacht club as such. Chairman of Alphaland is Bobby Ongpin, who is reported to have a ‘fearsome’ reputation for getting major construction project completed, which means that this is a Manila project that will, indeed, happen.
The Alphaland Marina Club is scheduled to open in 2014. It down at the southern end of the Manila waterfront, near the airport in Parañaque, and promises to provide some fresh competition for the exceptionally jaded Manila Yacht Club. Manila Bay serves as a fabulous setting for the Club, offering views and fresh air not available in the inner city. Boat owners, and would-be boat owners will finally have a clean, secure, and efficient facility for their vessels. Members who don’t want to own boats may also enjoy time out on the water, using the club’s boats.’
The 3,000 sq m Clubhouse has been designed by Carmelo Casas and Partners to present a ‘a dynamic appearance, suggesting sails and wind’.