The Peninsula Manila executive team and Forbes Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen (center, front row) share a toast to celebrate The Peninsula Manila’s feat. Shown are (front row, from left) director of rooms Mike Yutuc, director of customer services Monzie Uy, GM Mark Choon, director of marketing Loleth So, director of finance Rosanna Chomi and corporate secretary Noel Malaya. Back row (from left) are hotel manager Patrick Behrens, HR manager Noel Silva, Forbes Travel Guide’s EVP Peter Kressaty and VP Ryo Koike, director of HR Dario delos Reyes, director of F&B Jose Luis Jimenez and director of engineering Romel Alvarez.
Photos by Joey Viduya
Peninsula Manila celebrates its Forbes 5-star rating “A Perfect Ten!”
(The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — When Forbes Travel Guide, the gold standard in the international hospitality industry since 1958, put out its full list of winners for 2019, the opening paragraph read: “The Peninsula Manila earned its first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award. Most years, that would be a headline-making achievement on its own. But in 2019, the news is merely a fabulous footnote to an even bigger story: with the Philippine property receiving hospitality’s highest distinction, that means all 10 Peninsula hotels around the globe hold Five Stars. In Forbes Travel Guide’s 61-year history, this marks the first time a brand swept the Five-Star category across all of its hotels.”

Mario Katigbak, Anna Sobrepeña, Guatemala Consul Mellie Ablaza, Tina Jacinto and Zambia Consul Louie Ablaza.

In response to receiving this accolade, The Peninsula Manila GM Mark Choon said, “It’s a milestone event in our 43-year history for The Peninsula Manila to be named a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, the only one in the principal central business districts of Makati and Fort Bonifacio Global City to receive this coveted ranking. We are delighted and immensely proud to join our sister hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Beijing and Bangkok in this Five-Star rating, in turn making The Peninsula Hotels the first and only hotel group to achieve the highest possible Forbes Travel Guide rating across all our hotels. We are a Perfect Ten!”

The Pen’s director of PR Mariano Garchitorena, Claire Fernando, Albert Avellana, Jojie Lloren, Jill de Villa and Philip Cu-unjieng.

This fabulous piece of news was the perfect excuse for The Peninsula Manila to throw a fabulous party not only for all its partners in the business community, press and society who had stood by it for 43 years BUT also to announce the fabulous news of its long-awaited soft room renovation.

The Pen’s F&B restaurant operations manager Lyn Ablian and director of sales Jill de Villa with Philip and Eileen Morais, Monzie Uy and Mark Choon.

In addition, The Gallery will be converted into the fantastic 100-seat The Gallery Club Lounge, making The Peninsula Manila the city’s only all-club hotel!

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