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For Immediate Release

November 17, 2009

Manulife awards university scholarship “Bringing dreams to life” To 11 top outstanding students.

Ho Chi Minh City - Manulife Vietnam, one of the leading life insurance companies in Vietnam, granted university scholarships worth VND 110 million to 11 outstanding students at a ceremony today at Manulife Plaza headquarters. Manulife Vietnam is honored to welcome Mr. Audri Mukhopadhyay, Consul General of Canada, to attend the ceremony. The university scholarship program, called “Bringing Dreams to Life”, is part of Manulife‘s corporate donation strategy to improve the quality of education for young, future leaders of the country.

The scholarship fund worth VND 1.2 billion was officially launched in June 2009 and is designed to reward outstanding Vietnamese students, who are immediate children of its current employees, agents, collectors and in-force policyholders, for their high school performance and top university entrance examination scores. It will help these young students with living expenses when they attend university in Vietnam. The company received 54 applications for the 11 scholarships, worth VND 10 million each.

In addition to its reputation as the premier life insurance company in Vietnam, Manulife has an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life for the communities in which it does business across the country.  For the past ten years, Manulife has contributed more than VND 8 billion to various education and charitable activities.

“To celebrate our 10th anniversary in Vietnam together with our customers, staff and agents, we are proud to offer this education sponsorship program to our key stakeholders,” said David Wong, CEO and General Director of Manulife Vietnam. “As part of our corporate culture, we want to be an active corporate citizen and to concentrate on important emerging areas where we can make a difference.   We are proud to have participated in various education initiatives over the past ten years, as we believe education is the foundation of a bright future. The Bringing Dreams to Life university scholarship fund program demonstrates our commitment and continued support to Vietnam’s education development.”

Added Dong Dao, Assistant Vice President of Manulife Vietnam, and Director of the University Scholarship Fund: “We are pleased to offer the scholarships to these top 10 scholars. Their accomplishment of entering university with high distinction has earned our confidence that they can create a better future for themselves and their community. We believe that this program will nurture talents for the country in the long run.”

About Manulife Vietnam
Manulife Vietnam – the first 100 per cent foreign-owned life insurance company licensed in Vietnam – provides financial services to more than 300,000 customers through a network of over 5,500 professionally qualified agents. Manulife has been operating in Vietnam since June 1999. On June 14, 2005, Manulife Vietnam Fund Management (MVFM), a wholly-owned local subsidiary of Manulife Vietnam, was granted license to operate a fund management and portfolio management services, further expanding Manulife Vietnam’s product offerings for its customers.

Manulife Vietnam remains committed to supporting the communities in which it conducts business in both educational and charitable activities, donating a total of more than VND 8 billion since 1999.  Some of the organizations and programs to which the Company has donated time and money include: the Vietnam Association for Promoting and Supporting Educational Development, Terry Fox Foundation, Operation Smile, Health Check and Care programs, Saigon Children’s Charity, National Library for the Blind, the annual Manulife Care and Let’s Help Children Go To School Program.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 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$437 billion (US$407 billion) as at September 30, 2009.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

Media Contact:

In Vietnam:
Hang Luu     
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Public Relations
Manulife (Vietnam) Limited
Tel: (84-8) 5416 6888
Fax: (84-8) 5416 1818
Mobile phone: 0903 728618
E-mail: hang_luu@manulife.com

In Asia:
Juliana Gittler
Regional Communications Manager
Brand Development & Communications, Asia
Manulife Financial
Tel: (852) 2201 1501
Fax: (852) 9027 5283
Email: juliana_gittler@manulife.com