The Peninsula Manila Is Back and All Decked Out For the Holidays

Our favorite hotel lobby filled with decades of memories of Christmases past is back.

We’ve spent many a post-Simbang Gabi breakfast at The Lobby of the Peninsula, shaking off the early morning stupor with tapsilog, ensaymada, and hot tsokolate. Or satisfying post-Christmas party after-midnight munchies with arroz caldo and its iconic halo-halo.

After a near eight-month hiatus, the city's 44-year-old grande dame has flung her doors open again, with her pages in their crisp whites and brimless caps warmly welcoming guests back home.

Trumpeting angels line the aisle leading to the beautifully lit Christmas tree as holiday carols fill the air with live piano music from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

And since late night/early morning quarantine curfews are still in effect, do linger over a proper afternoon tea instead, daily from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Catch up with a friend, abiding by social distancing protocols, of course. Or, if you’re not up for socializing just yet, relax with a good book and a tray ofo scones,  quiche, sweet treats, and finger sandwiches; plus,  a pot of tea or a flute of sparkly bubbly.

In these uncertain times, the hotel joins hands with guests to help others in need.


Through the end of the year, for every arroz caldo or pancit luglug meal served at The Lobby, The Peninsula Manila has partnered with Rise Against Hunger, a food bank, to share a one-for-one meal donation with communities affected most by the pandemic. After all, sharing is what Christmas is all about.


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Yvette Fernandez has written over a dozen books. Previously, she was editor in chief of Esquire Philippines and Town&Country Philippines.
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