The Peninsula Manila

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The Peninsula Manila
The Peninsula Hotel Manila.png
"Jewel in the Capital's Crown"
General information
Location Corners of Ayala & Makati Avenues, Makati City, Philippines
Opening September 1976[1]
Owner Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd.
Management Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 11
Other information
Number of rooms 497
Number of suites 46
Number of restaurants 7 (including 2 bars)
Website
manila.peninsula.com

The Peninsula Manila (colloquially Manila Pen/Manila Peninsula), is a 5-star hotel in the Philippines. It is located on the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue in the central business district of Makati City, wherein it is now a landmark because of its majestic fountain and falls in Metro Manila. It is located also in Barangay Urdaneta. This hotel is part of The Peninsula Hotels chain based in Hong Kong and is the first hotel of that chain outside of the Chinese territory. Also, its lobby is one of the most recognizable and distinctive in Metro Manila.

Hotel lobby ceiling

History[edit]

The Peninsula Manila was built to coincide with the hosting of the International Monetary Fund conference in Manila. It was built on the corners of Ayala and Makati Avenues, after which they are named. After undergoing several renovations, The Peninsula asserted itself as the "Jewel in the Capital's Crown".

Upon the opening, the Peninsula Manila did not need to introduce itself to the public, for its main counterpart, The Peninsula Hong Kong already had established a name for The Peninsula Hotels decades ago, thus making it the favorite hotel for the high-ranking of the society.

The Pen consists of two wings, which host all 497 rooms and suites.

In 2000, the hotel's roof was the scene of Filipino singer and Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez for her performance of the country's millennial theme Written In The Sand together with 2,000 children,[2] televised in 67 broadcast networks throughout the world to coincide with midnight in Manila for the BBC's millennium special 2000 Today.[2]

Manila Peninsula Siege[edit]

The Manila Peninsula rebellion occurred on November 29, 2007. Detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, General Lim and other Magdalo officials walked out of their trial and marched through the streets of Makati City, called for the ousting of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and seized the second floor of The Peninsula Manila along Ayala Avenue. Former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona also joined the march to The Peninsula Manila Hotel as well as some of the soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The siege was ended after the military stormed the lobby and the second floor where Rizal function room was located and Trillanes was seized.

The lobby of the hotel sustained much damage because of gunfire that rattled through its walls, windows and the main glass door was obliterated by an armored personnel carrier on the assault to serve Trillanes et al. their arrest warrants.

On December 4, 2007, David Batchelor, general manager of the hotel, announced the filing of damage suit within 10 days, as some estimated the damage at US$ 1.2 million or P 50.766 million. Meanwhile, even before the reopening, it already received guests’ bookings or 51% room occupancy. The Peninsula Manila is 77% owned by the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited.[3]

On December 4, 2007, United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney stated that she would visit The Peninsula Manila: "Fortunately, the hotel, a great hotel, has opened again. I look forward to going there myself." [4][5]

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Coordinates: 14°33′17″N 121°01′29″E / 14.55474°N 121.02466°E / 14.55474; 121.02466