Guests at The Peninsula Manila can now experience the city’s burgeoning art, fashion and design scenes, as well as the Philippines’s World War II history and children’s crafts and culinary treats. These new Peninsula Academy programmes are designed to give guests an insider introduction to key aspects of Philippine culture and lifestyle.
Spirit of Corregidor: World War II History by Helicopter and Land brings to life the drama of the last stand of the combined Filipino and American defenders against the invading Japanese forces. Guests will depart by helicopter from The Peninsula’s rooftop helipad to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor for a private guided tour aboard a 1940s tranvia (tram) to discover the history of major sites, their strategic importance and legacy. Later, a Peninsula page will serve Champagne and canapés before the helicopter flies along the spectacular Cavite-Batangas coastline, taking in Taal lake and Taal volcano. The tour will end with a sumptuous garden lunch at acclaimed restaurant Antonio’s in the hillside town of Tagaytay.
The works of Filipino artists are garnering critical acclaim worldwide, with names like Ronald Ventura and Winner Jumalon fetching record highs in international art auctions. Art aficionados will be fascinated by Art in the Hills: 27 years of Philippine Contemporary Art – a private guided tour of the Silangan Gardens and Pinto Art Museum that house the collection of paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures of neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang, an ardent supporter and patron of the best of Philippine visual arts.
Manila is fast becoming known as a global design hub and Manila Design: Experience Philippine Art, Design and Fashion will allow guests to discover firsthand the city’s rich and sophisticated art, design and fashion scene. This tour will visit the galleries and atelier of three Manila style setters – Albert Avellana (art), Eric Paras (interior design) and Jesus “Jojie” Lloren (fashion). Guests will meet the designers in person and over lunch discuss trends and even buy or commission artworks, limited-edition furniture and couture designs.
Other programmes on offer at The Peninsula Manila include a Filipino crafts class for children, a sweet cooking class where kids will learn to make the quintessential Filipino dessert halo-halo, a visit to the grand colonial houses of Taal town, a tour of the old walled city of Intramuros, and a visit to the private studio of Wynn Wynn Ong, one of the Philippines’ most eminent bespoke jewellers.