Star City
The outer facade of the entrance building, pictured in 2020
LocationCultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay, Philippines
Coordinates14°33′22″N 120°59′09″E / 14.556°N 120.9859°E / 14.556; 120.9859 (Star City)
OpenedFebruary 23, 1991; 33 years ago (1991-02-23)
OwnerStar Parks Corporation
Operating seasonYear-round
Attendance1.5 million
Total25 (2022)

Star City is a 35,000 m2 (380,000 sq ft) amusement park in Pasay, Philippines. It is located in the reclaimed area of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, part of Bay City. The facility is owned by Star Parks Corporation, a subsidiary of Elizalde Holdings Corporation (the holding company of the FJE Group of Companies).[1]

Star City was hit by a fire on October 2, 2019, causing major damage to the main building and forcing its closure. Prior to the fire, Star City had an annual attendance of about 1.5 million people.[2] Star City had more than 30 different rides and attractions at the time of the fire, many of which were indoors. The park had initially planned to re-open by January 14, 2022, but due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila brought by the Omicron variant, it was postponed to February 24, 2022.


The park was established on February 23, 1991, as an offshoot of the annual Toys and Gift Fair, a Christmas trade exhibition by the Philippine Center for International Trade and Exhibit (PhilCite), which was first organized in 1976. In the 1990s under Fred Elizalde, the fair evolved into an amusement park later named Star City.[2] The former PhilCite building upon which the park was based, was pulled down in the late 1990s to make way for the park's indoor rides.

2019 fire

Main article: Star City fire

Star City was hit by a major fire on October 2, 2019, which destroyed about 80 percent of the main Star City building, which housed over 30 rides and attractions.[3] At least 25 of those were damaged in the fire, including Gabi ng Lagim, Dungeon of Terror, Bump Car Smash, and Snow World. The outdoor area, which included the Star Flyer and Star Frisbee, was mostly spared by the fire. Initial damage estimates ranged from 15 million to 1 billion Philippine pesos.[4]

2022 reopening

In December 2021, Star City's social media accounts posted a teaser suggesting that the amusement park would be reopened.[5] The reopening was planned for January 14, 2022,[6] however the opening was postponed due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila brought by the Omicron variant amidst a pandemic of the disease which reached the metropolis in early 2020.[7] After some delays, the park finally reopened on February 24, 2022.[8][9]

Entrances in February 2023


The Giant Star Wheel in 2014

Prior to the 2019 fire, 70 percent of the facilities of Star City were covered and air-conditioned. The amusement park introduced various types of rides and attractions in the Philippines. It hosted the double-deck carousel, 360-degree-loop roller coaster (the Zyklon Loop), and water log ride (the Jungle Splash) in the country. It hosted Snow World, the largest permanent ice entertainment area in the country, which featured ice carvings, a snow play area and the country's longest ice slide.[2] Another attraction in the amusement park was the inverted roller coaster Star Flyer, which opened in 2007 and was marketed as the first inverted coaster in the Philippines.[10]

Star City hosts the Giant Star Wheel Ferris wheel. It has 32 air-conditioned gondolas, each seating up to six persons. In 2012, it was said to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines.[11][12][13] Conflicting reports credit it with a height of 60 m (197 ft)[11][12] and 62.5 m (205 ft) tall.[13]

Within the amusement park complex are the Aliw and Star Theaters, with a combined seating capacity of 2,125, as well as the headquarters of Manila Broadcasting Company (later MBC Media Group).[2][14]

The amusement park has 25 operating rides upon its reopening in February 2022.[9]



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  3. ^ Cabalza, Dexter (October 3, 2019). "Star City fire leaves P 1B worth of damage". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Ornedo, Julia Mari (October 2, 2019). "Star City management pegs fire damage at P1B". GMA News. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
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  6. ^ Madarang, Catalina Ricci (January 6, 2022). "'We miss you but...': Mixed reactions over timing of Star City's reopening". Interaksyon. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  7. ^ Villanueva, Ralph Edwin (January 10, 2022). "Star City defers January 14 reopening". The Philippine Star. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
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  9. ^ a b "Star City reopens doors to public with 25 rides after fire in 2019". GMA News. February 24, 2022. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
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  12. ^ a b "PH's 'highest' ferris wheel is in Pasay". ABS-CBN. November 28, 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Star City claims its Giant Wheel is "highest Ferris wheel in PH," has 32 air-conditioned gondolas". Spot. November 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "LOOK: Newly-renovated Aliw Theater is back". Rappler. August 11, 2022. Retrieved October 30, 2022.
  15. ^ "Girl's death, complaint halt Star City operations". GMA News Online. September 19, 2006.
  16. ^ "Star City ride off-limits after death of customer". ABS-CBN News. February 16, 2009.
  17. ^ Orellana, Faye (February 17, 2018). "Star City ride malfunctions; affects 10 park goers".
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