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For Immediate Release

September 19, 2007

Manulife insurance advisor wins Best Financial Planner Gold Award

Hong Kong— Manulife (International) Limited (MIL) is pleased to announce that one of its insurance advisor has been named “The Best Financial Planner” in Hong Kong by the Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong (LUAHK). The award recognizes financial planners who excel in their profession. MIL nominated three of its outstanding financial planners to compete for the award, and one of them, Annie Ho, was declared the overall winner and won the Gold Award.

Michael Chan, Vice President, Distribution, Hong Kong, MIL, commented: “We are very proud of the performance of our nominees. Winning this prestigious award is an indication of the strength-in-depth of our financial-planning sector and shows the level of professionalism our specialists have arrived at.”

Competing against leading professionals from all the major insurance companies in Hong Kong, each candidate had to submit a financial plan. Shortlisted candidates then presented their plans to the judges, who rated them based on the degree of information disclosure, whether it was well-structured and recognised clients’ financial goals, whether the candidate understood the client’s financial status and made sound recommendations based on it.

The winning plan of Annie Ho, Unit Manager of Manulife’s Kowloon South District, was designed for a middle-aged, married client who has no intention of raising a family but needs to support his elderly mother financially. Annie analyzed her client’s financial situation and devised a plan that addressed his needs in terms of risk assessment, investment choices, retirement and estate planning.

Annie was delighted with the recognition. “I have gained lots of valuable experience and professional qualifications during my career with Manulife,” she said. “But this award gives me enormous satisfaction as it is a confirmation by some of the most respected people in the industry that I am good at my job.” Annie has been with MIL for more than 10 years.

Another nominee from Manulife was also short-listed and received a Certificate of Merit. Commented Michael Chan: “We would like to thank LUAHK for organising such a meaningful award, which goes a long way to enhancing the competitive edge of practitioners in this field, inspiring others to emulate their achievements. It also helps to instill confidence in the public that when placed in the proper hands, their financial-planning requirements are being met with the utmost sense of responsibility.”

LUAHK, inaugurated in 1973, is a voluntary organisation of professional insurance intermediaries dedicated to the professional development of insurance services for the community of Hong Kong. Today LUAHK has more than 8,500 members - the biggest organisation of its kind in Hong Kong.

About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies. Manulife Financial is 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 through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$410 billion (approximately HK$3,016.4 billion) as at June 30, 2007.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

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For more information please contact:

Helena Lee / Lily Chan
Manulife (International) Limited
Tel: (852) 2202 1050 / 2510 3191
Fax: (852) 2234 6875
Email: helena_lee@manulife.com