Former waiter now runs big hotel in Manila
MJC Investment Corp., the owner and operator of Winford Manila Resort and Casino in Sta. Cruz, Manila, appointed Jeffrey Lim Evora as its chief operating officer in December.
Evora has an extensive experience in international hospitality and gaming industries, having worked in mega-resort casino operations both in the United States and the Philippines.
He started out in the hospitality industry as a wait help in a small restaurant in Kahului, Hawaii in 1990. From then, he worked his way up, serving in different capacities for well-known hotels and casinos in the US, including the Hyatt Regency Maui, The Flamingo Hilton and notably at Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.
Previously, Evora served as the senior director of gaming marketing for the first integrated resort to operate in the Philippines, Resorts World Manila.
“The one big advantage of the hospitality and gaming industries in the Philippines compared to other countries is its people,” Evora said. “All the best hotels, cruise ships and hospitality companies in the world have one thing in common, and that is the Filipino smile. Imagine being in a country where everyone is happy to see you, ready to serve and ensure that your stay is comfortable and satisfying,” he said.
Primed in a location that is conducive for rest and recreation and for people who want to skip heavy traffic in Manila, WMRC is an P8-billion development that towers over the San Lazaro Business and Tourism Park, integrating lifestyle and entertainment alternatives for its clientele.
“The WMRC is a place that no one expects in the City of Manila. Our rooms are top-notch, we offer value for money, and our biggest advantage is our location,” Evora said.
The luxury hotel houses 128 deluxe rooms, a ballroom that can accommodate 600 guests for MICE activities, a heated swimming pool, gym and wellness spa and restaurants, including the Choi Garden Manila, and the entertainment venue Hippodrome Bar and Lounge.