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For Immediate Release

October 15, 2007

John Hancock Signature Services Wins “Best Support Team” in 2007 International Business Awards Competition

Boston– John Hancock Signature Services, Inc. (JHSS), the transfer and shareholder services agent for John Hancock Funds was awarded "Best Support Team" honors at the 2007 International Business Awards 4th Annual Stevie® Awards ceremony, held last month in Munich, Germany.

JHSS was recognized for the efforts of its Business Resumption Team, which designed and put in place business resumption plans for John Hancock Funds that ensure the ability to recover all mission critical functions in the event of an interruption.

“We are delighted that John Hancock Signature Services has received this much-deserved recognition for outstanding business support services,” said Keith F. Hartstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock Funds. “Every level of the JHSS organization of some 200 associates has embraced the goal of providing the highest quality level of service to our customers while maintaining support to John Hancock Funds.”

John Hancock Signature Services, Inc. (JHSS) was also a finalist in 3 other categories: Best Customer Service Team, Best Customer Service Organization, and Best Support Organization.

About the Stevie® Awards
Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and The Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

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 June 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$410 billion (US$386 billion) at June 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