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For Immediate Release

May 23, 2007

Manulife Announces Phase II of its Sports Scholarship

10 Olympic hopefuls chosen to “bring their dreams to life”

Hong Kong— Manulife (International) Limited (MIL), the official Worldwide Life-Insurance Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has announced the 10 elite athletes who will benefit from the second phase of its Hong Kong Sports Scholarship, organised in conjunction with the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee (SF&OC) of Hong Kong, China.

The HK$2-million program was launched last year with the goals of providing Hong Kong athletes with the best possible preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games, as well as contributing to the overall development of sport in Hong Kong, and reinforcing Manulife’s commitment to promoting the Olympic movement to the local public.

Under the second phase of the program, 10 awardees will each receive a total subsidy of HK$100,000 from this June through till May 2008. They are:

  • Ms Wan Kin Yee (Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association)
  • Ms Yip Pui Yin* (Hong Kong Badminton Association)
  • Mr. Steven Wong* (Hong Kong Cycling Association)
  • Mr. Cheng Man Kit* (Hong Kong Equestrian Federation)
  • Ms Chow Tsz Ki (Hong Kong Fencing Association)
  • Mr. So Sau Wah* (Hong Kong, China Rowing Association)
  • Mr. Yam Fong Hoi* (Hong Kong Shooting Association)
  • Ms Tsai Hiu Wai (Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association)
  • Ms Tie Ya Na (Hong Kong Table Tennis Association)
  • Mr. Lee Chi Wo (Hong Kong Triathlon Association)

*The five athletes are also the awardees under the first phase of the program.

“We are glad to see the Manulife Hong Kong Sports Scholarship Program achieving its aim to help top local athletes — our 10 awardees under phase one of the program have done splendidly over the past year,” said Michael Huddart, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Hong Kong, MIL, at the presentation ceremony. “Four of them brought glory to Hong Kong when they won medals at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.

“The Olympics is a global test of excellence and only the best will prevail. We believe our scholarship qualifiers have the potential to make history at the coming Beijing Olympic Games and we look forward to their historic achievements.”

Among the 10 chosen as scholarship awardees under Phase II, five also participated in the first phase, achieving outstanding performances in international competitions during the period.

The Selection Committee, comprising Mr. F. K. Hu, Vice President of the SF&OC, and its two Honorary Deputy Secretary Generals, Mr. Ronnie Wong and Prof. Leung Mee Lee, assessed and evaluated all the nominations to determine the final awardees.

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 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 (approximately HK$2,889.4 billion) as at March 31, 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:

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

SF&OC of Hong Kong, China
Felen Chan / Carina Poon
Tel: (852) 2891 3092 / 2504 8564
Fax: (852) 2574 3399
Website: www.hkolympic.org