By Dom Galeon
In 1912, a new hotel opened along the shores of Manila Bay. At its inaugural dinner, guests were treated to American roast, Philippine lobster, and French champagne – a nod to The Manila Hotel’s multicultural origins.
Designed by William Parsons, who picked up from where David Hudson Burnham left off, The Manila Hotel quickly became an iconic missionary-styled white edifice topped with a green-tiled roof at the end of the boulevard along the bay.
A World War and several Philippine presidents later, The Manila Hotel remains one of the city’s most beloved architectural gems, and it has retained its original white and green colors.
Since its opening, The Manila Hotel, the “Grand Dame of Manila,” has become home to many of the world’s most popular personalities: From Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who even became the hotel’s honorary general manager, to pop icons like The Beatles and Michael Jackson, and even heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali.
Philippine presidents have also graced the hotel’s now historic and iconic halls.
More than a century later, The Manila Hotel continues to be a crowning jewel of the city and the country.