New experiences from The Peninsula Academy

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The Peninsula Manila has enhanced its iconic experiential program, The Peninsula Academy, with new activities designed to delight and educate guests of all ages.

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Eight experiences for adults and children staying at The Peninsula Manila include lessons in whipping up the most famous of Philippine iced desserts, the halo-halo; a private studio visit to one of the Philippines’ most eminent private jewelers; reliving the past in a heritage tour of the colonial town of Taal; a full day at the atelier of three of the country’s iconic art, style and fashion mavens while discussing trends and shopping to one’s delight; an exhilarating helicopter and tranvia (tram) visit to Corregidor, and more—providing guests with an authentic taste of the culture of the Philippines.

The Peninsula Academy was created to give guests an insider’s introduction to key aspects of local culture, lifestyle, cuisine, arts and history through individualized classes, tours and activities.

Each program features special touches, from bespoke Peninsula transportation in Mercedes-Benz limousines, to unique keepsakes ranging from papier-mâché horses to child-size chef’s aprons, all which provide lasting memories for each guest.

The Peninsula Manila has meticulously curated its programs by sourcing the very best tour guides and local partners, bringing the city and the country to life through exclusive activities.

Finally, a dynamic new section on the hotel’s website has been developed for The Peninsula Academy, including insightful information on each hotel’s programs, images and videos, sample itineraries, maps and other interactive features.

Programs require advance notice so that guests can choose activities according to their interests and travel schedule. Reservations are subject to availability. For inquiries, call (632) 887-2888, e-mail conciergepmn@peninsula.com, or visit www.peninsula.com/academy.

If-These-Walls-Could-SpeakIf These Walls Could Speak: Tour of the Old Walled City of Intramuros brings to life nearly 400 years of Philippine history in a breezy three hours with some of Manila’s most accomplished, educated and interesting historians as the hotel’s private tour guide. The tour starts in Fort Santiago, retracing the steps of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal and in the process, providing a backdrop for a sometimes biting, oftentimes humorous but always incisively intelligent commentary on the Philippine psyche.

Manila-DesignManila Design: Experience Philippine Art, Design and Fashion allow die-hard stylistas them to wander at leisure through a pretty and peaceful gated 1950s residential compound that houses the galleries and atelier of three Manila style setters—Albert Avellana (art), Eric Paras (interior design) and Jesus “Jojie” Lloren (fashion)—and whe re they can discuss over lunch current trends and even buy or commission artworks, limited-edition furniture and couture designs.

Spirit-of-CorregidorSpirit of Corregidor: World War II Tour by Helicopter and Land is The Peninsula Manila’s signature WOW! program. This program brings to life the drama of the last stand of the combined Filipino and American defenders against the invading Japanese forces in World War II.  The day begins with a lift-off from the hotel’s helipad where guests will cross Manila Bay to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor where a guide will take them on a private tour of the island onboard a 1940s tranvia (tram) and relive the history of major sites, their strategic importance and legacy.

Lutong-PinoyLutong Pinoy: Sweet Cooking the Filipino Way for Kids enrolls junior guests of the hotel classes in making halo-halo which is a compound Tagalog (the Philippine national language) word for “mix-mix” because halo-halo means just that—to mix in a glass layers of cooked fruit, egg custard, pulses, shaved ice and ice-cream and scooping it up with a spoon. Adult guests are welcome to join too.

Art-in-the-HillsArt in the Hills: 27 Years of Philippine Contemporary Art program arranges for curious minds or art enthusiasts to go on a private guided tour of Pinto Gallery, the Silangan Gardens and Pinto Art Museum with the. The tour starts at Pinto Gallery. From there, a guide will take guests to the capilla (chapel) with its antique santos (saints) and then on a short walk down the hillside compound to the museum.

The-PasalubongThe Pasalubong: A Filipino Crafts Class for Young People is a wonderful introduction for budding junior artists to work with paper and fabric painting techniques. By the end of a two-hour class, young artists will have painted on a taka (papier-mâché molds shaped like people, horses and the Philippine water buffalo or kalabaw). This is a lovely arts and crafts gift from the Philippines, made even more special by one’s labor of love. Adult guests are welcome to join as well.

Defining-LuxuryDefining Luxury: Jewelry by Wynn Wynn Ong takes guests to the private studio of Ong, one of the Philippines’ most eminent bespoke jewelers whose pieces have been extensively featured in The Robb Report, Town & Country, Asian Fortune, Platinum and on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily and NY. Over coffee, tea or Champagne and canapés served by a Peninsula page, she will explain the process of creating her works of wearable art that are celebrated for their beauty, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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