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

Because we all need a dose of the familiar.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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