The Manila Hotel at 105

Iconic. Majestic. Historic. These and more adjectives are used to describe the 105-year old The Manila Hotel.

Opened in 1912, The Manila Hotel has seen so much part of the capital city’s history – from the American era when the American architect William Parsons envisioned an H-shaped building, something grand and will provide “grand vistas of the harbor, the Luneta and the Intramuros” (Wikipedia), to the years of the global war or World War II when it was burned by the Japanese soldiers, to the time of Martial Law and the many renovations that followed… The Manila Hotel’s prominent stature didn’t dwindled. It is still the country’s best, if not, one of the best hotels that local and international travelers would want to experience. It is the choice of stay of Kings and Queens, diplomats, famous foreign personalities, world Presidents and dignitaries – all have good words to say about the country’s premiere colonial landmark.

Last October 12, The Manila Hotel hosted a multitude of special guests as they celebrated the 105 years of the Philippines’ premier hotel. The night was indeed grand where stories, laughter, memories, food and songs filled the Fiesta Pavilion. The Grand Dame truly knew how to throw a celebration worth sharing with all.

Atty. Joey Lina welcomed the guests to the wonderful 2-hour celebration.

The 2,500 guest capacity Fiesta Pavilion is filled with a multitude of guests who enjoyed the night while friendly chatter spread throughout the pavilion.

What’s a celebration without good food? The Manila Hotel prepared a sumptuous feast that everyone delightfully consumed.

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and his singers, the RCS, provided the entertainment with songs from different decades. It was a huge hit with all the guests.

“It is a good story if it’s like Manila Hotel”, came the famous words from the legendary author Ernest Hemingway. This is the 105th year of The Manila Hotel, and by and large, this is one hotel whose story is larger-than-life.

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