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For Immediate Release

June 18, 2007

John Hancock Funds Wins “Best Creative Team” in 2007 American Business Awards Competition

John Hancock units named finalists in eight other categories

Boston– John Hancock Funds was awarded “Best Creative Team” honors at the American Business Awards 5th Annual Stevie® Awards ceremony, held June 11 in New York City. The Stevie award honors the team, headed by Assistant Vice President Dan Rollins, that is responsible for creative services, financial publishing, print procurement, literature fulfillment and the in-house document center for John Hancock Funds.

“Our Creative Services team functions as an internal ‘full-service’ ad agency, and I believe they rank among the most creative and talented persons in the industry,” said Keith F. Hartstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock Funds. “John Hancock Funds is in the midst of a major growth initiative. The expansion of our product line has challenged everyone in Marketing and Creative Services, and all have risen to the occasion and delivered superior results.”

John Hancock Funds was named a finalist in two other categories, Best Marketing Team and Best Marketing or Sales Brochure or Kit.

John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. was a finalist in the category of Best Mixed Media Campaign, for its “Future Promises” ad campaign.

John Hancock Signature Services, Inc. (JHSS), the transfer and shareholder services agent for John Hancock Funds, was a finalist in the categories of: Best MIS & IT Organization, Best Support Organization, and Best Support Team. In addition, John R. Hatch, JHSS President & CEO, was a finalist in the category of Best Executive - All Other Industries, while Remi Kendall, Executive Assistant, JHSS, was a finalist for Best Support Staffer.

About the Stevie® Awards
Established in 2002, the Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies and business people worldwide. The mission of the American Business Awards is to raise the profiles of exemplary companies and individuals among the press, the business community and the general public. The Stevies (www.stevieawards.com) have been called “the business world’s own Oscar Awards.”

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial Services, John Hancock Funds manages more than $56 billion in open-end funds, closed-end funds, private accounts, retirement plans and related party assets for individual and institutional investors at March 31, 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$426 billion (US$370 billion) at March 31, 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