When In Manila, There is no better way to spend the night but at the historic and classic Manila Hotel. Last July 4, 2012 at 6:00pm, Former Laguna Governor and former Senator of the Philippines and the incumbent President of Manila Hotel Jose “Joey” D. Lina welcomed the guest from all around the Philippines to celebrate The Philippines’ iconic California-Missionary styled building designed by Architect William Parsons “Manila Hotel” for its centennial (100 years) anniversary.
Manila Hotel President Atty. Jose David Lina
Attended by no other than the President of the Philippines Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino, Chairman of Manila Hotel Emilio Yap, Manila Hotel Executive Vice President Dr. Enrique Yap Jr. and his wife Olivia Ty Yap, Industrial Real Estate Businesswoman Grace Cheng, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Hacienda Escudero Don Ado Escudero, Congressman Sonny Angara and Businesswoman Maria Odessa Escaler among others who joined the festivities and watched a building size presentation of the Hotels history.
With Manila Hotels Olivia Ty Yap and Dr. Enrique C. Yap
With Congressman Sonny Angara and Haciendero Don Ado Escudero
Manila Hotel located at One Rizal Park, Manila opened its doors on July 4, 1912. This first-class premiere accommodation was the first in the Philippines and was the choice of different royalties, dignitaries and personalities from all around the world. Among its most illustrious guests was General Douglas MacArthur who made Manila Hotel his official residence and headquarters during his tenure as the Military Advisor to the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines.
“The great story teller Ernest Hemingway who once stayed at the Hotel said that it’s a good story if it is like Manila Hotel in response to a reporter asking what made a good novel. The Hotel, which mirrors the Filipino culture and tradition and has played part in shaping the country’s history, was declared a historical landmark on February 3, 1997.”
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Maria Odessa Escaler
The 100th-year celebration of Manila Hotel commenced with a grand Centennial Ball with print models; Mark Nelson and Angel Jacob as emcee while the guest were having their sumptuous meal catered by the hotel. Award winning journalist Rico Hizon was the one who emceed the pre Dinner event.
At the Presidential Table with Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, President Benigno Aquino III and the Yap Family
Events highlights includes the unveiling of the Hotel’s centennial logo, a 3D video mapping projections of the Hotel’s history bringing the Hotel’s building to life, and a grand ball with an elaborate dance and performanced by Filipino artists. A 20-piece exhibition featuring the most important artifacts and memorabilia of the Hotel was also displayed during the evening.
For the entire anniversary campaign, Manila Hotel will host a series of commemorative events and special programme for its guests. The Hotel offers exciting room packages including a special room rate of PhP 1,912.00 for the first 100 guests every day the end of July and to book at the Hotel’s front desk on July 4, 2012 and on October 6, 2012. As part of the celebration. Special commemorative souvenir, a set of luxurious items was given to the guests after the event.
The Tent at the Manila Hotel is packed with prominent people and businessmen.
The exhibit is set up beginning July 2012 and open for one year at the Lobby Lounge and open to the public. A memorabilia search is launched to invite previous guests to share their memories of the Hotel.
A formal set up at the dining table.
Enjoying wearing my Filipiniana and just across at the Presidential Table
The Hotel also re-create the favorite dishes of General Douglas MacArthur, the El Mero Envolvio en Hojas de Platano or steamed Lapu-Lapu wrapped in banana leaves with calamansi sauce and Squab Chicken Manhoco or stuffed chicken terrine with mushrooms, olives, and Quezon de bola, the favored dish of President Manuel L. Quezon. These and other Filipino favorite dishes will be offered in the 10th buffet station at Café Ilang-Ilang.
At the posh and classic lobby with Gelsey Ann and Maria Odessa Escaler
The Manila Hotel which opened in 1912 and extensively remodeled in the 1970s is a Philippine landmark, home to high society and to political intrigue, and often a scene of historic events.
When In Manila, with the use of the Manila Hotel Prestige card which is worth only PhP 7,500 pesos, one could experience a royal package. Manila Hotel knows how much you value your time that is why it makes sure that you have a truly wonderful stay every time you come and visit the Grand Dame.
Manila Hotel introduces Prestige Card, a special reward program for the most esteemed clientele that is carefully tailored to let them experience the privileged lifestyle. Prestige Card is your exclusive access to luxury and card holders are entitled to up to 50% discount when dining in all of the Hotel’s restaurants, special room rates, discounts at the Health Club and at the Manila Hotel Spa, and complimentary birthday cake. Aside from these, card holders will also get discount vouchers in all of the Hotel’s restaurants, complimentary lunch or dinner buffet for two at Café Ilang-Ilang, an overnight stay, a complimentary room upgrade, and a one week free trial use of the Health Club and the Swimming Pool.
Cardholders who wish to renew their Prestige Card membership will receive a centennial souvenir from Manila Hotel.
Selected Guests received a souvenir with the Manila Hotel Prestige Card, a thank you card, a one of a kind Manila Hotel Planner and a Telephone book.
For inquiries, please call 527 0011 local 1108.
Manila Hotel: 100 years of Class and Beauty