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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2007

John Hancock Funds Wins Top MFEA Award for Communications Excellence

Leads the large company category for “Best Overall Communication,” wins seven additional awards

Boston– John Hancock Funds won “Best Overall Communication” in the large company category (more than $25 billion in assets under management) from the Mutual Fund Education Alliance (MFEA) at its recent awards ceremony in Chicago. This year marks the second in a row that John Hancock won MFEA’s top award; in 2006 the company won in the mid-sized fund company category ($5 billion to $25 billion in assets).

In addition, John Hancock Funds took top honors in five individual categories:

  • Best Plan Participant Retirement Brochure/Kit for its “Simplify Your Retirement” rollover kit
  • Best IRA Communications for “10 Common IRA Mistakes”
  • Best Special Retirement Communications for “My Future Planner”
  • Best Advisor Services for “Proposal Builder”
  • Best Advisor Website for its redesigned, interactive site

John Hancock Funds also won Honorable Mention for:

  • Best Investor Fulfillment or Prospectus Kit for its “Lifecycle Portfolios Kit”
  • Best Advisor Communications for “Create Clients for Life”

“We’re proud to be honored by MFEA for our expertise, particularly in the retirement area, further establishing John Hancock Funds as a ‘go-to’ resource for advisors providing clients with retirement solutions.” said Carey Foran Hoch, Senior Vice President and head of marketing. “Our goal is to produce best in class materials and web tools that help advisors communicate more effectively with their clients and to differentiate us within the industry.”

“After winning Best Innovation for our website last year, we were especially pleased to be recognized again this year for the top honor in the online category,” said Gerard Sullivan, director and head of the e-commerce team at John Hancock Funds. “These awards recognize the hard work, creativity and dedication of many talented people within our organization.”

About the STAR Awards and the Mutual Fund Education Alliance
The annual STAR Awards recognize mutual fund companies for outstanding investor communications, education and support. Each year the MFEA examines the best educational materials, both in print and electronic, in the mutual fund industry and then asks industry judges to select from the best.

The Mutual Fund Education Alliance is the national trade association for mutual fund marketers and distributors. Since 1971, the MFEA has been dedicated to informing and educating the investing public about how to achieve important lifetime goals using mutual funds. The members of the Alliance represent nearly $4 trillion in assets under management. For more information, visit www.mfea.info.

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial Services, John Hancock Funds manages more than $59 billion in open-end funds, closed-end funds, private accounts, retirement plans and related party assets for individual and institutional investors at September 30, 2007. For more information, please visit www.jhfunds.com.

John Hancock Financial Services is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$399 billion (US$398 billion) at September 30, 2007. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial may be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

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Beth McGoldrick