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The Historic Landmark Manila Hotel
the Grand Dame of Hotels Continues its Tradition of Excellence as it Celebrates its 98th Anniversary October 6, 2010

Manila Bulletin
October 5, 2010, 7:23pm

Inaugurated on October 6, 1912, the Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere five-star hotel in the country built in 1909 and centrally situated in the heart of the Manila Bay area. Within walking distance is the Rizal Park and Intramuros, an old walled city of the Spanish period. It celebrates on this day its 98th year of serving as the venue of historical events and the seat of hospitality for the nation’s guests and official visitors.

The management of the Manila Hotel justly takes pride in its past which has made it a historic landmark and a part of the nation’s patrimony, for it was the site for crucial decisions that contributed to our country’s journey towards nationhood. It was the guest house of the American colonial administration, the residence of General Douglas MacArthur when he served as military adviser to President Manuel L. Quezon under the Commonwealth Government from 1935 to 1941.

During the Japanese Military Administration period, it became the seat of government under General Masaharu Homma.

It was also the site for conventions of the Nacionalista Party and the Liberal Party that nominated President Ramon F. Magsaysay, President Carlos P. Garcia, President Diosdado P. Macapagal, and President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The 1971 Constitutional Convention was held at the Manila Hotel; here President Carlos P. Garcia was elected as the Convention President, succeeded later by President Diosdado P. Macapagal. It also served as the venue for the Philippines’ Oscars, the FAMAS Awards, for many years. From 1961 to 2002, the Manila Hotel hosted twelve glittering incarnations of the annual awards night. The hotel has the offices of several foreign news organizations, including The New York Times.

In keeping with its tradition of being a showcase of Filipino culture and tradition, in addition to the General Douglas MacArthur Suite, where the distinguished friend of the Filipino people resided, the present management of the “Aristocrat of the World” refurbished the Presidential Suite for visiting Heads of State, and redecorated suites named in honor and in memory of the country’s great heroes—Dr. Jose P. Rizal, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Andres Bonifacio, and Gabriela Silang.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Philippine independence proclaimed on June 12, 1898, the Manila Hotel constructed the Centennial Hall. Then in 2000, it constructed the Millennium Hall.

These are sites for big conferences and grand receptions. The Manila Hotel Tent City’s blessing and grand opening was on January 17, 2008. Its conference halls seat 7,000 guests, and it will accommodate another 2,500 guests, for wedding receptions, anniversaries, conventions, and exhibitions.

Besides playing host to the nation’s official guests and visiting personalities, the Hotel has likewise been the symbol of happy memories of debuts, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries, conferences, conventions, exhibitions, and other occasions with the elite of Manila society as its regular patrons.

The Manila Hotel’s 98th anniversary is an auspicious occasion for its management and staff to rededicate themselves to their mission of providing the country the example of elegance and gracious living and hospitality, as the Manila Hotel continues its tradition as witness to history and custodian of some of the traditions of the Filipino.

The Manila Hotel has a rich tradition of hospitality, fine dining, and first-class service that is truly Filipino in character. Through the years, some of the world’s prominent personalities such as country presidents, prime ministers, royalties, political figures, and international movie and entertainment celebrities have come and stayed here.

The Hotel has a total of 570 fully renovated deluxe rooms and suites. The rooms provide exceptional views of the city, especially the gardens of Rizal Park and the walls of Intramuros. All rooms make use of the Ving Card electronic lock system for maximum security. A 24-hour butler service is available for MacArthur, Presidential, and Penthouse Suites. More, it is the first Philippine hotel to offer Home Box Office (HBO), among other television network systems.

Also offered here are world-class amenities and extensive health and recreational facilities. These include a sports and health club complex, two tennis courts, two squash courts, gyms, sauna, massage services, a game room, and a pool with a swim-up bar. There is also an Executive Services Center, which provides a wide range of administrative services. A 24-hour full-menu room service, medical and dental clinic, babysitting, and many more are likewise offered.

For meetings and other occasions, the hotel offers eight function rooms including the grand Fiesta Pavilion ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,500 people, fully equipped with modern meeting and presentation facilities.

The Manila Hotel is an affiliate of the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) and the Movement of Incentive Travel Executives (MITE).

We Congratulate the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel headed by its Chairman Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President Atty. Marcelo S. Ele, Jr., Directors, Officers, Staff, and its Valued Friends and Clientele, on the occasion of its 98th Anniversary and express our confidence in their unstinting quest for excellence, a venue of big events and grand aspirations.

 

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