After 37 years, The Peninsula Manila celebrated another milestone in its usual elegant style with an evening of splendid entertainment. We felt like we were in a luxurious movie house when we were led to the ballroom which was converted into an elegant theater complete with popcorn, sodas, chocolates and gummies for the gala Manila premiere of the documentary Tradition Well Served, something that will truly live long in the memory of all those who attended.
Originally conceived to narrate the history and development of The Peninsula Hong Kong and was released to celebrate the launch of The Peninsula Tower in 1994, the documentary narrates the legendary heritage of the Kadoorie family and HSH which is one of the world’s oldest and most respected hotel companies. It is a fascinating 45-minute documentary film featuring new archival footage, historical photographs and interviews with key personalities to explore the rich history and traditions of The Peninsula Hotels.
Tradition Well Served brought to life the company’s commitment to being at the heart of each respective community taking in signature features and events at the nine Peninsula hotels around the world. Beijing and Chicago highlighted the extensive training undergone by Peninsula Staff, and Hollywood glamor was celebrated as actress Stefanie Powers described the Beverly Hills property as Oscar Central, while stars of the silver screen made New York their home in the 1930s and 40s.
Festivals were celebrated in the documentary with The Peninsula Bangkok’s staff vying to create the most extravagantly decorated krathong during the Loy Krathong River festival, while Tokyo brought in cherry blossom during sakura season inside the hotel, but the favorite of the Manila gala was clearly The Peninsula Manila’s Christmas concert, which draw numerous ooohs and aaaahs and elicited the loudest from the invited guests.
The newest addition, The Peninsula Paris opening in 2014 was also included, with fascinating footage of the painstaking restoration of the magnificent building to its former glory.
The festivities continued well after the film had ended and the velvet curtain was drawn. Not a bad party for a 37-year-old lady. Congratulations to the hard working and charming General Manager Sonja Vodusek for this novel idea and for the success of this event.