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Hotel, Industry, Nadine Gutierrez

Oldest hotel in PH celebrates 100 years

On July 4,2012, the Manila Hotel celebrated its centennial anniversary.

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Officially opened in July 4,1912, the Manila Hotel is the oldest premier hotel in the Philippines. Located along Roxas Boulevard, the iconic hotel was designed by architect William Parson and it has endured the test of time.

It has withstood two world wars, two People Power Revolutions, and has, in itself, been the site of significant historical events such as the 1971 Philippine Constitutional Convention, and the Manila Hotel military takeover during 1986.

The hotel was declared a historical landmark on February 3, 1997.

It has housed significant personalities from General Douglas MacArthur during the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines to the Beatles, Ernest Hemingway, president Dwight Eisenhower, and vice president Richard Nixon to name a few.

The hotel has also been the pioneer of various hospitality industry practices in the country and in Asia, such as the provision of air-conditioned rooms and guest lifts.

Celebrating 100 years

In honor of the hotel’s 100thyear anniversary, an event was held last July 4, 2012 at the grand Centennial ball where they unveiled the hotel’s centennial logo and a 3D video mapping projections of the Hotel’s history, and had dance performances by local artists. An exhibit was also prepared to showcase 20 of the hotel’s most important artifacts and memorabilia.

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The hotel offered discounted room rates on that day and launched commemorative items.

The hotel also plans to re-create favorite dishes of some its famous clients such as General Douglas MacArthur’s favorite Lapu-Lapu and Manuel L. Quezons’ favorite stuffed chicken. – Nadine Gutierrez


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One thought on “Oldest hotel in PH celebrates 100 years

  1. What amazes me is that the hotel has stood witness to a lot of turning points in history; it must have been worn out. Yet it stands strong and proud to this day, still a witness to our history as a people, a culture, a country. Isn’t it just something to be proud of? 🙂

    Posted by Rach | July 8, 2012, 21:56

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