Waterfront Philippines said it expects to hold a soft-opening of the podium at its fire-damaged Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel in Q1, 2022.

Six people died in the 2018 fire, which was thought to have begun in the gaming facilities. The cause of the blaze was deemed to be accidental.

The podium houses the lobby, some food and beverage and the casino at the ground floor level. In it’s annual report, the group said it expects to complete construction this year, even though Covid had slowed construction.

A soft opening of the podium, which houses the public areas including the lobby, some food and beverage outlets and the casino area at the ground floor level up to the third floor, is expected by the 1st quarter of 2022.