06/30/15

Viva Manila: Luneta Hotel Reborn

This is the 4th part of a series covering Carlos Celdran’s Viva Manila tour. Click here for Part 1Part 2, and Part 3

One of the stops of the Carlos Celdran Viva Manila tour was a visit to a historic hotel near Rizal Park that is not the Manila Hotel. I am of course talking about the Luneta Hotel which first opened in 1918.

Designed in the French renaissance style by Spanish architect Salvador Farre, the hotel with its charm and elegance, rivaled the Manila Hotel as a popular place of stay among guests, especially notable ones like dignitaries, elite, and marine merchant personnel. Dwight D. Eisenhower, during his stint in the country as aide to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, also stayed in this hotel and had good memories of it.  It also served as the hotel for the delegates of an international meet that was the XXXIII International Eucharistic Congress in 1937.

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