Iconic Manila Hotel real photo postcards

Manila Hotel is one of the most photographed hotels in the country since her establishment in 1912.

With the advent of photography. First known photo studios were introduced in Manila in the later part of the 19th century. Taking photos of people, fiesta, landmarks, recuerdo de patay (memories of the dead) became more popular. Manila hotel postcard with the use of photos became an instant hot commodity among collectors of Filipiniana, memorabilia, postcard, photo collectors not only in the country but also from all over the world.

Manila Hotel photo postcard circa 1925

Manila Hotel real photo postcards

The Manila bay harbor was dredged with millions of tons of mud, gravel and sand were used to reclaim and extend the Luneta, making room for the Elks Club, the Army Navy Club and the crown jewel of the project was a premiere hotel with modern amenities that soon to be called the Manila Hotel.

The Malecon drive which was popular as seaside passageway and promenade area during the Spanish regime was widen and reclaimed. Eventually the drive became Dewey boulevard or Roxas boulevard.

The moat which connects parts of intramuros or walled city to the Manila bay was filled and turned into a municipal golf course and garden.

The site of the hotel was next to Pier 7, where it was now possible to berth four large passenger ships.

Pier 13 is also near the hotel which added more traffic and guests to the hotel.

Visitors can book a room at the hotel and short calesa ride into the historic city centers like Intramuros, Ermita, Malate and Luneta park. During those times, the social event would center in escolta. Eventually the grand social hall of the hotel serves as a nerve center to even the political meetings and gatherings.

It was the in-thing for the wealthy and socialite during American colonial regime to be spotted within Manila Hotel, much of today’s Bonifacio Global City or BGC.

Mr. Daniel Burnham commissioned American architect William Parsons to design the Manila Hotel as well as many buildings with the California style mission which was in vogue in many parts of the United States and Europe.

Manila Hotel circa 1947 photo postcard

Manila Hotel circa 1957 with post war cars and trees growing

Manila Hotel with large acacia and narra trees circa 1959

Please try to visit the other previous article links for Manila Hotel :

American Regime Manila thru postcards part 3: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-3/

Manila Hotel postcard by Cardinell Vincent :https://renz15.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/manila-hotel-postcard-cardinell-vincent-company/

Manila Hotel Postcard by Cardinell- Vincent Company

Manila Hotel is one of the iconic Philippine hotel landmarks which had been popular among postcard, memorabilia, stamp, matchbox and ephemera collectors from all corners of the globe.

The hotel had been featured by several postcard companies like Philippine Educational Company (PECO), Cardinell-Vincent Company, Denniston, Goldsteins Philippine Postcards, Sun Photo supply Philippine Postcards, The Camera Company Philippine postcards and later by Goodwill Bookstore, Max Basker & Sons, National Bookstore, Sterling – International airline companies like Northwest Orient Airlines, Pan-Am, Philippine Airlines among others.

Manila Hotel obverse portion with American flag and manicured garden

Manila Hotel also have their own set of postcards printed and sold at their gift shop.

Manila Hotel postcard by Cardinell-Vincent Company

Cardinell-Vincent Company is one of the several dozens of companies which printed their postcard series – They have 37 in a series which featured landmarks in the country. The company sold postcards and distributed the items in local bookstores, tourist areas, escolta and major Philippine cities during the American colonial and commonwealth regime.

reverse side or back portion of the postcards in which recipient name and the sender’s name is listed. The upper right portion with box is were stamps is affixed

The company is international base and also have postcards from the United States and other areas.

My friend spotted this postcard on sale few years ago at a popular online platform for just $1.00. The seller had about 70% discount for this American era postcard- originally price was for $2.80 – It was listed for several months.

The postcard had go unnoticed, since there were a lot of sellers at the online platform and maybe there were not enough buyers. The condition of the postcard is good despite the age and some scribble handwriting at the back portion.

He took no time to inform me about this big sale and bought the postcard. The shipping was a little bit more expensive at $3.00 from United States of America to the Philippines. I think it took about two weeks before we got this postcard.

This postcard is unused and was printed around 1920. The size of the postcard is approximately 3 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch or 9 centimeters x 14 centimeters.

I was able to find this postcard tucked in one corner while arranging my vintage postcard collection.

Aside from deltiologist, philatelist and memorabilia collectors, Postcards featuring landmarks had been popular subject for school project in Social Studies, Araling Panlipunan, Filipino, History and Architecture during much of post war period until early part of the millennium.

Sources, Bibliographies and References:

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 1: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-1/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 2: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/american-regime-manila-postcards-part-2/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 3: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-3/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 4: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-4/

Personal interview from postcard collectors and dealers

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

http://www.philippinepostcards.com

Safety Protocols Set at the Re-Opening of Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel which is our national patronage will partially reopens in time for the 108th anniversary with upgraded hygiene measure, safety protocols, for guest safety and other mandated guidelines set by IATF.

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TMH Lobby: The Grand Lobby of the historic Manila Hotel will light up again soon as the hotel partially reopens to accept guests beginning July 3, 2020

Manila Hotel’s 108th Special Promo

Manila hotel launches special anniversary promo that gives the first 108 customers for the first 108 days of its reopening (including Saturdays and Sundays) a special dining rate of only Php1,250 for lunch, and only Php1,550 for dinner. Café Ilang Ilang likewise returns with a new system for dining where guests can “order and eat all you can,” meaning they can order as much food as they want from the selection of dishes at a fixed price meals.

Delicatessen resuming operations on July 3, 2020. A rebirth of sorts after months of following the government’s quarantine protocols, the hotel has adjusted along with the rest of the world in navigating the “new normal,” and puts a high premium on the well-being of guests.

With the lobby shining bright anew signifying eternal hope, The Manila Hotel commemorates its 108th founding anniversary on July 4 by welcoming guests with an enduring brand of service that is now focused on enhanced health, hygiene, and sanitation protocols in line with Department of Health (DOH) guidelines.

Safety Measures

As the hotel prepares for the reopening, Atty Joey Lina, the president of The Manila Hotel assures the public, “You are safe here. We have taken every precaution to heart so you and your loved ones can have peace of mind when you visit or stay with us.”

Café Ilang Ilang and the Lobby Lounge will be open with limited seating capacity. Thorough sanitation procedures will be implemented, guests can order using disposable menu, eat using cutlery in sealed containers, and even use tables with acrylic dividers.

Front-facing personnel communicating with guests like Guest Services Officers (GSOs) and waiters will don masks, gloves, and face shields. To limit contact with guests, Café Ilang -Ilang is also fine-tuning its contact-less ordering and payment system.

High-traffic public areas will have hygiene reminder signages, distance indicators, and guests will be asked to undergo mandatory temperature checks, health declaration procedure and protocols will be in place. Limited capacity will also be implemented in elevators, while several hotel facilities will remain closed including the spa, swimming pool, gym, and other areas.

High-touch points like door handles, elevator buttons, public area furniture, and others will be sanitized multiple times per day using UV technology. Tests reveal that UV sanitation greatly reduces the bacteria count on surfaces, as demonstrated by lower RLU readings—whose value is used as a measure of surface cleanliness—after the procedure.

Barring announcements from the government to the contrary, the hotel also plans to start accepting room bookings by August 2020. The public will be assured of rooms thoroughly cleaned first with UV-C light technology to eliminate germs, bacteria, and viruses; followed by medical-grade sterilizing and disinfecting solution. A change of fresh and sanitized linens; sanitation of touch points in the room including remote controls, lamps, etc.; and thorough bathroom disinfection are also art of the procedure. Guests will also receive personal wellness kits, issued a UV-sanitized keycard, and arrive to guestrooms with a seal of assurance that they are the first to enter the sanitized environment.

Because taking care of its own people means they can take better care of guests, The Manila Hotel has invested on testing its staff upon return to work to ensure they are healthy. The culinary team strictly adheres to stringent protocols on proper hygiene, hand washing, food handling and preparation of foods. Staff will be required to wear PPEs as needed. While strict implementation of distancing measures will be done in the offices, front desk, and other areas frequent by guests.

The Manila Hotel looks forward to welcoming both loyal and new guests with the kind of service it is known for, with the assurance that “YOU ARE SAFE HERE” is not just a tagline but a commitment it truly means to uphold.

The “Grand Old Dame ” of Philippine hotels is back serving everyone with safety measures set.

Special Father’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

Father’s Day is a special tribute to all father’s in the world.  During this trying times show your him appreciation with an exceptional family lunch or dinner with his favorite dishes at the historic and national heritage site.

Father’s Day Special Treats

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During Enhanced Community Quarantine or General Community Quarantine any family celebration is incomplete without special treat coming from Manila Hotel.

Manila Hotel is an iconic five star hotel which is world re-known. Because the best dad deserves only the best, let him indulge with an enticing main course of any of the new Sous Vide Steaks offerings.

Eating steak is a sensorial gustatory experience: from the visual delight of seeing the marbling on your steak to the sizzle you hear as it cooks to the sensational smell of grilled meat.

Dads will surely delight the special imported meats. It’s value-for-money, too. The cuts are enormous, good enough to share for the entire family and even friends!

Easy to Cook

* U.S. Beef Rib Steak, 500 grams – Php 2,300 nett
* U.S. Beef Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn Sauce, 180 grams – Php 1,500 nett
* Prime U.S. Beef Striploin, 280 grams – Php 2,100 nett
* Black Angus Beef Rib Eye, 340 grams – P1,900 nett

Please try to call 8527-0011 or SMS/Viber 0998-950-1912 for your pre-orders.

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How to Order and Payment Options: 

With a minimum pre-order of only Php2,500 of SOUS VIDE STEAKS (vacuum-sealed, pre-cooked steaks), a set from our HOME BUFFET selections, or your favorite items from A LA CARTE MENU, you can enjoy a 20% discount on your food bill. You can also get a 10% discount on any of the CAKE CREATIONS if you order one with this promo.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheManilaHotel/

Pre-orders are from now until June 19, 2020 (Friday). Orders for pick-up or delivery (separate fee) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Payment options: Online bank transfer; online credit card; cash or credit card upon pickup.

Mother’s Day Treats from Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel which is known for its five star ambiance and historical nostalgia pulls all the stops to still be able to give her a memorable celebration of  Mother’s Day this sunday May 10, 2020.
In this new normal, one way to celebrate the special day is by placing an order to commemorate such momentous occasion.
Aside from the special day, Manila Hotel also plays a role in the annual Flores de Mayo celebration in Manila.

Mother’s Day Special Treats from Manila Hotel

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different kinds of cakes to order

The Manila Hotel’s Mother’s Day Surprise gives you discounts when you choose to
order the food-and-cake bundle and pay online on or before May 8, 2020 (Friday).
You
may choose items from the A La Carte Menu or Home Buffet sets (Filipino, Italian,
Korean, Japanese, and Chinese favorites , as well as Certified Halal items) and get a
20% discount on your food bill, and a 10% discount on the cake of your choice.
Because mothers deserve the only the best, you can choose from our awesome
selection: our decadent Opera Cake; Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, a Lifestyle Inquirer
Best Dessert Winner; the mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Mousse, and their amazing
Mango Cheesecake.
To order or for more information, please call 8527 0011 or message 0998-9501912.