Okada Manila chairman Manuel Lazaro dies, aged 87

Manuel Lazaro,

Tiger Resorts and Leisure and Entertainment Inc (TRLEI) has announced the passing of Okada Manila chairman Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro, aged 87. 

TRLEI is the owner and operator of the Entertainment City based integrated resort. 

Lazaro was described as “one of the country’s most celebrated legal minds.” A lawyer by trade, he rose through the ranks to become the first career lawyer appointed as Government Corporate Counsel (GCC) from 1976 to 1986, and the first GCC to be conferred by law with the emoluments, benefits and rank of a Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals and the first Presidential Adviser for Legal Affairs (PALA) to then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. 

“An inspiration to many, Justice Lazaro helped in building Okada Manila and drove it to become one of Asia’s premier casino resorts,” said TRLEI. 

“Chairperson Lazaro also steered the company to navigate through the pandemic, ensuring employees of their jobs, and helping in the initiatives for the company’s recovery.”

The company has not yet made any announcement regarding a successor or interim chairman at the time of writing. 

“Chairperson Lazaro is survived by his wife Rose Marie and children Menju, chuck, Manjoy, Apple, and Michelle. We will miss his charismatic and inspirational leadership very much. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family,” the statement wrote.