The Peninsula Manila Peninsula Academy

The Peninsula Academy was created to give guests an insider introduction to key aspects of Filipino culture, lifestyle, cuisine, arts and history through individualised classes, tours and activities. 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, all accomplished with the celebrated Peninsula attention to detail.

Academy PROGRAMME

  • The Philippines has a century-old tradition of hand embroidery. From the colourful cross-stitch patterns favoured by indigenous peoples of the lowlands, to the intricate callado filigree work where yarn is painstakingly pulled off from the cloth, it is considered to be one of the finest in embroidery in the world. The Peninsula Manila invites guests to the exclusive atelier of Lenora Cabili the designer of FILIP + INNA – a private clothing line of contemporary women’s wear inspired by the traditional weaving, embroidery, beading and patterns of the  Philippine islands.

    Spend an afternoon at the atelier of FILIP + INNA designer Lenora Cabili and discover how each piece she designs is handmade, or gawa sa kamay and why it’s her mission to revive and preserve the ancient traditions of the Philippines that are in danger of becoming lost. Over coffee, tea or Champagne and canapés served by a Peninsula Page, guests will enjoy a salon show featuring selected pieces from her latest collection which they may also purchase or have custom-fitted.


    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The Peninsula Academy BURDA: Hand Embroidery Art of the Philippines program begins with guests being escorted by a hotel page to the porte-cochère. A driver will be waiting to take guests in a  Mercedes-Benz limousine to the atelier of FILIP + INNA designer Lenora Cabili.


    • Hibla: A Connection to Strengthen Bonds

      Upon arrival, a Peninsula Page will greet and take guests to the workroom of designer Lenora Cabili where coffee, tea or Champagne and canapés will be served.


    • Thread of Life

      Guests will enjoy a salon show of Cabili’s gorgeous limited-edition resort collection of tops, chemises, boleros, shifts, lounging pants and caftans, with a demonstration of her unique process of embroidery that will impart a greater appreciation of the ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery and beadwork from different regions of the Philippines.


    • Culture as a Fingerprint

      The inspiration and preserved weaving technique behind FILIP + INNA creates unique pieces where no two are alike. Guests may purchase some handmade designs from Ms. Cabili or measurements may be taken for custom orders shipped to an address. The Peninsula driver will transport guests back to the hotel afterwards.


    Prices

    PHP 20,000 per person
    Price includes tax, transportation and refreshment

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 2 to 3 hours depending on guests' preferences and is offered year-round
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required, cancellations can be made one week in advance or a 50% penalty charge will apply
    • The minimum number of persons is two and the maximum is ten
    • Minimum 6 years of age, those under 20 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • This Peninsula Academy 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. Your journey begins when you take off from The Peninsula Manila’s helipad on a BELL-407 helicopter and take to the skies and cross Manila Bay to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor where a guide will take you on a private tour of the island onboard a 1940s tranvia (tram) and relive the history of major sites, their strategic importance and legacy.

    Later in the morning, a Peninsula page will offer Champagne and canapés before the helicopter flies along the spectacular Cavite – Batangas coastline before descending into Taal lake and hovering over Taal volcano, one of the most geologically active environments in the Philippines. Then the coconut plantations ringing Taal lake open to reveal the hillside town of Tagaytay where the helicopter will land near Antonio’s restaurant for a garden lunch at one of Asia’s best restaurants. This is the perfect finish to the The “Spirit of Corregidor” tour before returning to The Peninsula Manila with enough memories to last a lifetime.

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The “Spirit of Corregidor” programme begins early at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be introduced to the tour guide and fly via BELL-407 helicopter to historic Corregidor island.

    • Panoramas of World War II

      Upon landing on the island, guests will alight from the helicopter and board a tranvia (tram) where their guide will take them to the ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels on the island that tell a very moving story of how Corregidor and its strategic location was vital in the defence of Manila during World War II and how the delaying action of the combined Filipino and American forces effectively halted the Japanese advance on Australia, changing the course of the war and history. A mid-morning Champagne and canapés will be served by a Peninsula page.

    • Coastline and Volcano Tour

      From Corregidor, fly along the coast to the provinces of Cavite and Batangas before descending into Taal lake which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier, very powerful eruption. The helicopter will hover over Taal volcano, one of the most geologically active environments in the Philippines and all part of the Pacific “ring of fire.” Then the coconut plantations that ring the shoreline of Taal lake open to reveal the hillside town of Tagaytay.

    • Lunch in Antonio's

      The helicopter will land near Antonio’s restaurant in Tagaytay where a garden lunch awaits at one of Asia’s best restaurants. This is the perfect finish to the The “Spirit of Corregidor” tour before returning to The Peninsula Manila.

    Prices

    PHP 245,000 for one
    PHP 265,000 for two
    PHP 285,000 for three
    PHP 305,000 for four
    Prices include taxes, transportation and meals

     

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 6.5 hours from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The maximum number of persons is four
    • Minimum 6 years of age, those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • This Peninsula Academy 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 your 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 humourous but always incisively intelligent commentary on the Philippine psyche. The tour ends with either lunch or dinner at a 1930s Art Deco mansion.

     

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The If These Walls Could Speak: Tour of the Old Walled City of Intramuros programme begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team and their private tour guide to the porte-cochère. A driver will be waiting to take them and their guide via Mercedes-Benz limousine to the town of Intramuros.

    • Casa Manila

      Upon their arrival in the 16th-century walled city of Intramuros, guests will go on a leisurely morning or late afternoon guided walking tour along the streets of the old city which served as the political, cultural, educational, religious and commercial centre of Spain’s empire in the east. Their guide will take them to Fort Santiago, the Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Abbey and Casa Manila while providing a humourous analysis of Philippine art, culture, and society during the Spanish and American empire periods.

    • Bygone Era

      The tour ends with lunch or dinner reminiscent of a bygone era served on heirloom china, crystal and silverware at the 1930s Art Deco Legarda-Montinola mansion in the San Miguel district (nearby is Malacañang Palace where the President of the Philippines resides). A personalised tour of the ancestral home will also be conducted, showcasing works by Filipino artists, displays of antique camera and radio equipment and other interesting pieces from the family collection. The hotel limousine driver will take guests back to the hotel after this fascinating encounter.

    Prices

    PHP 55,000 for one
    PHP 65,000 for two
    PHP 75,000 for three
    PHP 85,000 for four
    Price includes taxes, transportation and meals

     

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 7 hours from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of one week is required
    • The maximum number of persons is four
    • Minimum 12 years of age, those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This programme is subject to availability

     

  • This Peninsula Academy relives the lifestyle, customs and traditions of a wealthy Filipino home during the Spanish colonial period. Your journey starts in Villa Tortuga, a restored 19th-century bahay na bato (stone house) whose owner will host you to a typical provincial lunch and then take you to visit the centuries-old Basilica of St Martin de Tours before finishing with merienda (Philippine afternoon tea) at Casa Villavicencio.

     

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The A Taal Tale programme begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team to the porte-cochère. A driver will be waiting to take them via Mercedes-Benz limousine to the town of Taal.

    • Villa Tortuga

      Upon their arrival in Taal, guests will be brought to Villa Tortuga, the restored 19th-century bahay na bato (stone house) of costume designer Lito Perez who named his home after the freshwater turtles (tortuga) that would lay eggs in his backyard, which slopes down to the shoreline of the Pansipit River. They will be served refreshments before being ushered to the formal comedor (dining room) of the house where they will dine with the host on local delicacies served on antique-patterned china, crystal and silverware.

    • Church and Chocolate

      After lunch and when the heat of the tropical noonday sun has waned, guests will pay a visit to the centuries-old Basilica of St Martin de Tours or simbahan ng Taal (Taal Church) – once the largest Catholic church in Asia. To cap the afternoon’s celebration of Filipino-Spanish colonial life – and typical of life at that time – they will enjoy a merienda (Philippine afternoon tea) of suman (rice cakes) dipped in tsokolate (native chocolate) at another lovingly restored bahay na bato – Casa Villavicencio – before returning to the hotel via limousine.

    Prices

    PHP 65,000 for one
    PHP 75,000 for two
    PHP 85,000 for three
    PHP 95,000 for four
    Price includes taxes, transportation and meals

     

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 12 hours from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The minimum number of persons is two and maximum number of persons is six
    • Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • With a new dawn rising for Philippine contemporary art, The Peninsula Academy will arrange for curious minds or art enthusiasts like yourself to go on a private guided tour of Pinto Gallery, the Silangan Gardens and Pinto Art Museum. To make it a unique and lively experience, your tour starts at Pinto Gallery with refreshments served at Silangan Gardens.

    From there, your guide will take you to the capilla (chapel) with its antique santos (saints) and then on a short walk down the hillside compound to the museum. The “Art in the Hills” tour comes to a close with a chilled glass of Deutz Peninsula Champagne in hand, as well as a greater appreciation for contemporary Philippine art.

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The Art in the Hills: Contemporary Philippine Art at the Pinto Art Museum programme begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team and a private tour guide to the porte-cochère. A driver will be waiting to take them and the guide via Mercedes-Benz limousine to the museum in the hillside town of Antipolo.

    • New Look, New Eyes

      Once at the one-hectare museum compound, the tour will start in the Pinto Art Gallery. After this, guests may stroll outside through the Silangan Gardens, where refreshments will be served, and visit the capilla (chapel) that houses the museum’s treasure trove of antique santos (saints) from the northern Philippine provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. From there, it is a short walk down the hillside compound to the Pinto Art Museum where novices and art enthusiasts alike can listen to their guide’s lively discourse while walking through galleries housing the works of Elmer Borlongan, Geraldine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Ronald Ventura, Alfredo Esquillo and Winner Jumalon, among other Filipino artists whose works are now being snapped up by art cognoscenti at Sotheby’s and Christie’s Southeast Asian Paintings auctions. “Art in the Hills” comes to a close with guests enjoying chilled flutes of Deutz Peninsula Champagne and looking at contemporary Philippine art with new eyes. The hotel limousine will take guests back to the hotel after this most memorable experience.

    Prices

    PHP 60,000 for one
    PHP 70,000 for two
    PHP 80,000 for three
    PHP 90,000 for four
    Prices include taxes, transportation and meals

     

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 4 hours from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of one week is required
    • The maximum number of persons is four
    • Minimum 12 years of age, those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • This programme will take you to a pretty and peaceful gated 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) – where you will be able to meet them in person and over lunch discuss trends and even buy or commission artworks, limited-edition furniture and couture designs.

     

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The Manila Design programme begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team to the porte-cochère. A driver will be waiting to take them via Mercedes-Benz limousine to the Manila Design compound.

    • Avellana Art Gallery

      Upon their arrival in the compound, guests will be greeted by Albert Avellana of Avellana Art Gallery who will take them to his three houses, two of which are for exhibitions and one housing a more permanent collection, but all featuring the same simple room-to-room lay-out and vintage machuca tiled floors and offering the perfect opportunity for viewing the artworks of some of the best and the brightest in Philippine art, as well as provocative, avant garde and folk pieces by upcoming and newly discovered talents.

    • A-11 Gallery

      After Avellana Art Gallery are the three houses of A-11 Gallery’s Eric Paras. They look disarmingly simple but stepping into them and taking in his clean-lined, limited-edition furniture, ceramics, soft furnishings and accessories, all beautifully styled and merchandised in a residential environment is what makes the A-11 experience so different.

    • Jesus "Jojie" Lloren

      The last “Manila Design” stop is the atelier of Jesus “Jojie” Lloren, a fashion designer known for his formidable skills at cutting and fabric manipulation.

      This three-hour Peninsula Academy programme will have guests interacting with Messrs. Avellana, Paras and Lloren while enjoying a Filipino lunch served in the gallery spaces

    Prices

    PHP 50,000 for one
    PHP 60,000 for two
    PHP 70,000 for three
    PHP 80,000 for four
    Prices include taxes, transportation and meals

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 5 hours from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of one week is required
    • The minimum number of persons is two and maximum number of persons is ten
    • Those under the age of 20 must be accompanied by an adult
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • This Peninsula Academy Programme is a wonderful introduction for budding 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), a T-shirt or a canvas bag. They make lovely gifts of arts and crafts from the Philippines, made even more special by one’s labour of love.

     

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The Peninsula Academy Pasalubong: A Filipino Crafts Class for Young People programme begins at The Lobby where junior guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team to the hotel function room where their instructor will be waiting to greet them.

    • The Artventure Begins!

      Under the expert tutelage of a children’s art instructor, junior Peninsula artventurers from ages 7 to 12 will learn the art of colourful, warm and whimsical taka painting – the epitome of Filipino folk art with its painted papier-mâché figures of dolls in Filipiniana, kalabaw, and fire engine-red horses. The creative fun continues with junior guests opting to choose between a T-shirt or canvas painting class.

    Prices

    PHP 6,000 per person
    Price includes taxes and refreshments
    Parents or adults may join for the same fee

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 2 hours from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Advance reservation of two week is required
    • The minimum number of persons is two and maximum number of persons is ten
    • Minimum 7 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • Junior guests of The Peninsula Manila eager to learn the ABCs of easy-to-make Filipino desserts can join the class and learn how to make halo-halo which is a compound Tagalog (the Philippines’ 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 eating it all with a spoon.

     

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The programme begins at The Lobby where junior guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team to the hotel kitchen where their instructor-chefs will be waiting to greet them.

    • Realm of the Senses

      Under the guidance of an experienced pastry chef, junior Peninsula Academy guests will start their class with an introduction to the various fruits, seeds, syrups and other key ingredients needed for their recipe that they can smell, touch and taste. Afterwards, their instructor-chefs will demonstrate and explain the method of preparing halo-halo before assisting them with their hands-on experience of layering leche flan (egg custard), garbanzo (chickpeas), sweetened kidney beans, colored gelatin, red, green and white kaong (sugar palm), nata de coco (coconut gel), ube (purple yam) preserve, sago in syrup, langka (jackfruit), makapuno (an unusual variety of creamy coconut) and shaved ice in a splendidly oversized balloon glass before topping everything with a scoop of lovely ube ice cream, a sprinkling of toasted pinipig (toasted rice crisps) and evaporated milk.

      At the end of the class, they will enjoy a sweet merienda of traditional Filipino desserts.

    Prices

    PHP 6,000 per child
    Price includes taxes and refreshments.
    Parents or adults may join for the same fee.

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 3 hours from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Schedule may vary per request of guest(s) and availability of chef.
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required.
    • The minimum number of persons is two and maximum number of persons is six.
    • Minimum 4 years of age, children below 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • A combination of elegance and edge define the one-of-a-kind jewellery of Wynn Wynn Ong. If you want a departure from the norm and enjoy the experience of finding, owning and wearing new jewellery that is ultra-exclusive, this Peninsula Academy programme is tailor-made for you. Born in Burma and raised in Vienna and Manila, it was her privileged upbringing and travels from the age of two that formed her distinct sense of aesthetics. She originally started designing jewellery because she found none that she wanted to wear. Now her work is celebrated for its attention to detail and its craftsmanship.

    A three-hour visit to her private studio will have you admire and appreciate the level of detail and personalisation that she demands of her craftsmen, a process that larger companies have forgotten in seeking shorter turnarounds and faster deliveries. Over coffee, tea or Champagne and canapés served by a Peninsula page, you may also purchase pieces or commission bespoke pieces for special occasions.

    Make an Enquiry
    • Your Journey

      The Defining Luxury: Jewellery by Wynn Wynn Ong programme begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted by a member of the Concierge team to the porte-cochère. A driver will be waiting to take them via Mercedes-Benz limousine to the private studio of Wynn Wynn Ong.

    • Discerning Point of View

      Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the fourth floor studio of Wynn Wynn Ong where she will explain the laborious process of creating her pieces, share the history behind them, showing the abundance of interesting details, the merging of materials like wood and precious gems as well as how some items can convert from one form to another, say a brooch that doubles as either a pendant or a hair ornament.

    • Bespoke Pieces for Special Occasions

      Over Champagne and canapés served by a Peninsula page, guests will have a one-on-one session with Wynn Wynn Ong where they can discuss a purchase from her present collection, create bespoke pieces for special occasions or perhaps even modernise estate jewellery from previous generations. The hotel limousine will take guests back to the hotel after.

    Prices
    • PHP 32,500 for one
    • PHP 37,000 for two
    • PHP 42,500 for three

    Price includes taxes, transportation and meals

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 2.5 hours from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
    • Advance reservation of one week is required.
    • The maximum number of persons is three.
    • This programme is subject to availability.
BACK TO TOP