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May Days We’ve had some earth-shaking moments at Manila House, including a scandal or two, not to mention a night at the disco that saw many feet that just wouldn’t quit the dance floor, but a bona fide earthquake—the wall—swaying, floor-trembling, window-rattling kind—was something we never quite expected to experience ever. Many of you have seen videos of the water pouring out of Net Park’s top floor in a torrent and onto the deck and roof of Manila House during the 6.1 earthquake of April 22nd, which happened to be Earth Day. The flow of water, as Raymond Rufino, Co-President of The Net Group, explained, was the result of the external fiberglass roofdeck water tank rupturing, causing the water to cascade over the side of the building. “The water,” he said, “was absorbed by the green roofs located on the 8F. The flow of water was immediately contained within 10 minutes." Fortunately no one was hurt, and damage to the Club was minimal, and nothing structural. What was of utmost importance to us was the safety and security of all Members, staff, and guests. Everyone was evacuated in a calm and orderly manner, and both the Manila House team and the Net Park building personnel worked in tandem to ensure this. Living in the Philippines, we tend to take it for granted that natural disasters will strike from time to time. We also tend to be prepared for floods, and regard earthquakes with something of a fatalist’s surrender. While the evacuation operation that took place last month proceeded without incident, it nevertheless made us aware of the measures we could take to improve the process should another earthquake occur. This includes first aid assistance, the provision of stretchers for the elderly and infirm, as well as a partnership with an emergency rescue service. We are addressing all these now, and also conducting thorough disaster relief training with our staff. While we hope nature will look kindly upon us in the future, we’d like to assure you that we are prepared to respond more proactively and efficiently should another incident occur. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a serene and joyful month of May. Don’t forget to join us on Mother’s Day for a special brunch buffet to honor our mothers.
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Get to Know: Robert Andaya If you've ever stopped to admire the stunning floral arrangements around Manila House, chances are, they're the work of our in-house florist, Robert, or Obet for short
How long have you been working in Manila House? I have been working in Manila House for almost two years now. I started in October 2016. When did you discover your talent in floral design and plant arrangement? What do you love most about what you do?
I was a landscape designer before and discovered my talent in floral design when I worked for Ms. Tina Ocampo and her family as their gardener. She taught me how to decorate and let me help with the flower setup for dinner parties and their home centerpieces.
I love plant arrangement and caring for them, with the help of my buddy and fellow Manila House gardener Julius Santiago. I also love doing beautiful setups with Sir Anton San Diego because his taste is really elegant.
What's the most unforgettable flower arrangement you ever did?
Do you have other talents?
The most unforgettable setup I had to make was the ceiling dĂŠcor with hanging greens for Bonifacio Dining and Intramuros Ballroom. It was challenging but I enjoyed doing it.
When I was younger, I was part of a dance group in my province. I really enjoyed dancing but had to stop when I started working so I can focus on my job.
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Princes of the Digital Age A Zurich-based artist’s new exhibition poses the question: How many frogs do you need to kiss before you find your prince?
inding love in the digital age is easy with the help of dating apps. The process of choosing a partner allows women to browse photos of their prospective partners and the swiping either left (if they are not interested) or right (if they are). Going through the motions of choosing a prospective partner has never been this easy. Tindero Prince by Pamela Gotangco is a localized version of her Tinder Prince project that was first exhibited at Art 333 Gallery in Switzerland. In Tinder Prince, the artist exhibits differently dressed frogs mounted on a canvas frame that mimics a dating app's interface. On each canvas is the artist's subject, a painted frog complete with a brief profile explained in less than 150 characters.
Left: Pamela Gotangco, Right: Tindero Prince
A hopeless-romantic herself, Gotangco thought of dressing these toads like men. An idea closely linked to the fairytale trope that promotes the idea of prince-like individual who is cursed to take on an appearance of a frog with nothing but a kiss to break the curse. The artist interprets this trope by grooming her frog canvas with a personality. In an attempt to mirror stereotypes of male users on Tinder, one the most popular online dating apps to date where the exhibition's title Tindero Prince, a riff on Tinder, comes from. It is the ease of online-dating that triggered Pamela Gotangco to muse on the future of family-making. “Online dating feels instant, swipe right and you may or may not have a prince waiting on the other end.” She says. For her, online dating has made her question the success of marriages that were borne out of online dating. This inquisitiveness ultimately led her to take a humorous jab at the issue. In effect, creates an exhibition that she hopes will warn men not to act like toads and for women to be guarded when they seek love online. - Marz Aglipay Tindero Prince is part of Pamela Gotangco’s solo exhibition, LIGAWAN: Frogs, Fairy Tales and Contemporary Romance, which opens at Manila House on May 2
Pamela Gotangco makes use of dried frogs, repurposed from frog wallets that are a novelty item in tourist spots in the Philippines, particularly in Baguio. She narrates her misadventures purchasing dried frogs in-bulk from Divisoria not knowing what to do with them. It wasn't until she had mused on the nuances of online-dating.
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But as early as 1968, Jolico Cuadra, an art critic pointed out what made Antonio’s art different: “He explodes them, rendering them in brisk, impatient strokes that shatter their natural boundaries. They are no longer simply decorative …[but are] now fiercely emotional symbols. The harshness of brush strokes and colors are expressionist explosions of form.” The multi-awarded artist, whose works are part of the collections of private collectors, as well as local and international institutions, recently underwent open-heart surgery. While recuperating, he turned once more to his art, and soon he had enough for an exhibition. He calls this exhibition Backflow, which means flowing back or returning especially towards a source. “This is symbolic of my medical condition, which runs parallel to my feeling of giving back my artistic talent for the glory of God,” says the Maestro. “More than ever, this is the time in my life that I feel God’s presence in my every work.” The exhibition showcases recent works by Angelito Antonio at Hidalgo Hall
Back to the Source A special ongoing exhibition marks the return of Angelito Antonio, one of the most influential artists in the modern art movement in the Philippines, to form after major surgery
ith a career spanning almost five decades, at 80 years of age, Angelito Antonio continues to display the mastery of color, line, and form that earned him a place among the second wave of Modernists who carried the torch for Modern Art in the country.
Vendor Series, 8.25 x 11.75 inches
Maestro Angelito Antonio will conduct personal walkthrough on Saturday, May 11 at 5pm
The influence of other titans of Philippine art on Antonio’s work are evident: there are the references to cubism, the preponderance of folk motifs, the focus on Filipino archetypes as subjects, all of which bring to mind Manansala, Malang, H.R. Ocampo, and Anita Magsaysay-Ho.
The exhibition ends on May 12 Proceeds from the sale artwork from Backflow will help raise funds to cover the Angelito Antonio’s medical expenses. 7
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And the Band Played On The award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz screens her 2012 documentary, Don't Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, at Manila House
ilipinos have long been famous for belting out covers that sound so close to the original, astounding listeners with their talent. For Arnel Pineda, doing covers in dive bars of the legendary 80’s band Journey became his ticket to fame when the band members chose him to replace lead singer Steve Perry, after discovering him through YouTube. Don't Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey is a feature-length documentary film about Journey and Arnel Pineda. The film premiered at a gala screening at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, was closing night film of the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the opening night film of 2012 Silverdocs Film Festival. It won the audience awards at the Traverse, New Hampshire, and Palm Springs International Film Festivals and had its international premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival. The film was released theatrically and on all digital platforms including Amazon, iTunes, and Video on Demand. Don't Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey will screen at Manila House on May 18. ABOUT RAMONA DIAZ Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning Asian American filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and other top- tier film festivals. All of Ramona's feature-length films— Imelda (2004), The Learning (2011), Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012) and her latest film, Motherland (2017)— have been broadcast on PBS, on either the POV or Independent Lens series. Motherland won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, a Peabody Award, and a Gawad Urian Award from the Filipino Film Critics.
Ramona was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, and in 2017 received a Women at Sundance Fellowship and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is a current recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. Ramona is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an MA from Stanford University.
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Under the Tuscan Sky Discover the soul of Tuscany through the refined wines of the Banfi vineyards at a special wine pairing dinner on Wednesday, May 22 Who doesn’t dream of Tuscany? Part of the appeal of this romantic region of Italy, apart from the picturesque scenery, comes from its wine and food.
freshness, these wines are enjoyable to drink when young and suitable for everyday consumption, without compromising the character and high quality standards of Banfi. ABOUT BANFI Banfi was founded in 1978 by the Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani, whose goal was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.
Guillaume Blanchard, Regional Manager, Southeast Asia for Banfi, will be at The Grill to introduce the Banfi’s range of Tuscan wines. A relatively young vineyard that was founded only in 1978, the wines of Banfi Tuscany are born of a deep love for this stupendous land. Produced with selected grapes from specialized vineyards, they express the genuine and authentic character of the Tuscan earth and accompany us on a voyage through one of Italy’s most seductive winemaking realities. Thanks to their liveliness and
A view of the Castello Banfi vineyards
Banfi Toscana Wine-Pairing Dinner The Grill PA S S A ROU N D
Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost oenologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.
Shitake, Caramelized Onion, Arugula, Manchego Crostini Melon wrapped in Jamon Serrano Banfi Le Rime 2017
The Mariani brothers also purchased Bruzzone, a historic winery in Piedmont. Founded in 1860 and specializing in the production of sparkling wines, the winery is now known as today as Banfi Piemonte.
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The Art of the Matter In February, designated as Art Month throughout the Philippines, Manila House Members had the opportunity to listen to two riveting speakers share their own personal discoveries in art
Portrait of Betty, Gerhard Richter, 102 cm x 72 cm, 1988
Portrait of Federico da Montefeltro, Piero della Francesca, 47 cm x 33 cm, 1465/1472
“Untitled”, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 1991
Capri Battery, Joseph Beuys, 1985
iorgio Guglielmino, AKA the Italian Ambassador to the Philippines, is an avowed art lover, as well as the author of several books on contemporary art, for which he confesses a deep passion. He selected some key works of art, dating as far back to the Renaissance with Portrait of Federico da Montefeltro (1465/1472), by Piero della Francesca, as well as the early 20th century via Pablo Picasso’s The Absinthe Drinker (1902) and Oskar Kokoschka’s The Bride of the Wind (1913), all the way through to the 20th and 21st centuries, citing the works of such artists as Joseph Beuys, Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. His lecture traced the intriguing trajectory from representational and figurative art to postmodern and conceptual art.
The Collector, Fernando Botero, 91 cm x 79 cm, 1974
A week later, the art of the Colombian figurative master Fernando Botero was examined under a different microscope, with his grandson Felipe Botero presenting an interesting lecture that was in itself a history of art from a unique point of view. The young Botero, a philosopher, translator and author, discovered fascinating parallels between Maestro Botero and Filipino artists, informed by a shared history of religion and Spanish colonialism. 10
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Taking Off Last March’s Monday Minds session featured a startup offering—quite literally— a lofty option to Manila’s crippling traffic
ongestion is a serious problem in a densely populated city like Manila, which results in billions of dollars in decreased productivity and lost revenue. Darren T’ng and Lionel SinaiSinelnikoff, co-founders of Ascent, a pioneer helicopter ride-sharing platform that recently launched in the country, presented the case for taking to the skies to beat the traffic. An urban air service, Ascent would
• save riders time in traffic by as much as 75% • offer a regular timetable of flights to and from a variety of destinations • offer helicopter flights that are accessibly priced, and • provide online booking and transparent pricing
Darren T’ng and Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff
Ascent, they said, would be more than a helicopter ride; the duo was committed to providing a first-rate service that would be a seamless experience, from the moment of booking to the moment of arrival at the destination. An easy to navigate booking app would be easy to use, providing instant confirmation and fully inclusive fees. Riders would be ushered into a comfortably appointed lounge at selected helipads prior to their flight, while flights would take place on state of the art helicopters. To be sure, Ascent does not purport to be an option that will appeal to mass commuters, but the founders believe that in time, as helicopter ride-sharing becomes more viable, it may become a more democratic form of transport. “Ascent will not solve all traffic problems in the Philippines or in Southeast Asia,” they said, “but provides an alternative commuter solution, with the intent of enabling our passengers the ability to regain control of their time at a significantly more affordable rate than current day helicopter charter.” For more information, visit ascent.flights 11
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Operatic Airs Dutch soprano Brigitte van Hagen performed some of her favorite operatic solos during an intimate concert at Manila House
uring a brief visit to Manila to see her uncle, the well-known photographer Alex van Hagen, Brigitte van Hagen, a rising star in world of classical music, wowed the audience of opera lovers at Manila House with her mellifluous and powerful voice. Accompanying her on the piano was Jordaan Petalver, while Freek Cerruti, who happens to be her boyfriend, played bass guitar. Known for her innovative and exploratory approach to classical music, her repertoire showcased some of her favorites, and she switched effortlessly from French to German to Italian as she sang arias that showed her vocal range. As a critic once remarked, “She sang her words with great perfection, and subtle changes in tone. Heavenly in the higher registers.” A Night at the Opera was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Alice Eduardo, Junie and Fernando Peña, and Ralph’s Wines.
A Night at the Opera G. Puccini: A. Dvorak Quando men vo Song to the Moon O mio babbino caro C. Monteverdi R. Quilter: Lamento della Ninfa Love’s Philosophy L. Delibes R. Strauss Les filles de Cadix Allerseelen G. F. Händel Zueignung Lascia ch’io piango Caccini C. Gounod Amarilli Je veux vivre M. de Falla Asturiana Jota
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What’s the Best Thing About Being a Mom?
Reena Lagdameo mother of one “I suppose the most fulfilling thing about being a mom is getting to play a part in molding an individual from infancy until she is ready to spread her own wings, so to speak.
Marianna Vargas mother of one
Witnessing your children grow from being totally dependent on you, to testing their independence a little bit at a time (all the while trying to figure themselves out as their own person and where they fit in the whole scheme of things), to finally figuring out who they are, who they want to be and how they intend to be that person that is uniquely whomever they can finally say to the world, ‘This is ME!’
“It puts everything else in your life through the perspective of being absolutely in the present. Enjoying and cherishing each and every moment because time is fleeting and before you know it, your newborn baby is a week old!”
Lindy Roxas mother of four
Ultimately, being there for your child through it all, weathering the ups and downs of their life, while providing unconditional love - that’s the best part of being a mom!”
“My heart is full and my life is complete because I was blessed four times over with kids who are perfectly imperfect. If the question is what is the best thing about being a mom is? It is that, I’m lucky to be called one.”
Alice Eduardo Alice Eduardo is a driven mother of three and the dynamo who founded and runs Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, a highly successful construction and engineering company. But the “Woman of Steel,” as she has been dubbed, knows that a building is only as good as its foundation. And the most important foundation for her, is the one she has built with her family You’re a woman with a busy home and work life. What keeps you grounded? My relationships with family and friends are my own living structural foundations. The emotional and moral support I am blessed to receive from them gives me the strength to go the extra mile in all that I do. It also gives me a soft pillow to sleep on when challenges are great.
My children are among my greatest blessings. They are extremely understanding, and far from high maintenance. They are my greatest source of pride and fulfillment, as well as support and inspiration. I have three children: Jacqueline (23), who graduated at Ateneo de Manila, is focusing on Sta. Elena’s administration and human resources department; Jameson (21), who is homeschooled; and Jessica (19), who is currently studying at the Ateneo de Manila. Each of my children possesses unique qualities that all combine to make them my true partners in life. How do you create a balance between family and work? My passion to succeed was certainly fueled by my wanting to be an example to my children and to give them the best in life. The challenge has always been worklife balance and there are things that I try to keep sacred, like regular breakfasts, dinners, and praying together at home—with my children as well as my parents. And, of course, travelling with them as often as I can. Alice Eduardo
Family makes the best neighbors. Andres and Elisa Eduardo, her parents, live in the house beside her
Alice's favorite traveling companions are her children, Jameson, Jacqueline, Jessica
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to me to be fully present in my childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives, especially during their formative years. Rather than being a hindrance, my being single gave me extra push to work even harder.
How has being a successful woman and single mother shaped your work policies? While you believe gender is not an issue, you are aware that women face certain challenges, and their safety in the workplace must be guaranteed.
My children are among my greatest blessings. They are extremely understanding, and far from high maintenance. They are my greatest source of pride and fulfillment, as well as support and inspiration.
In our power plant project in Batangas, I make sure that all the employees, especially the female staff, stay in nearby housing that we provide for them. Our married women employees finish their workday in time to go home and be with their families.
You come from a very close-knit family. In fact, your parents live next door, and you make it a point to see them every day. How have your parents influenced you?
What would you cite as your guiding principles in life?
My father has always been a man of few words, whose often unspoken influence on me has been profound. My mother is much more vocal and has been both my greatest champion and critic. She calls a spade a spade, and having as many truthtellers in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life can spell the difference between a life of authenticity and the exact opposite.
Family first. Be the nicer person in the room. Dream big. Do your work well and the rewards will follow. Good values make good business sense. Pay it forward. Excerpted from Philippine Tatler, December 2018 issue
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A R T, C U LT U R E & C U R R E N T E V E N T S MAY
S AT U R D AY | M AY 1 8 | 4 P M INTRAMUROS BALLROOM DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY The award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz screens her documentary on the rock band Journey. A Q&A with the director follows after the screening. Members: P250 | Guests: P500 Presented together with the Assumption College High School Class of 1979
T H U R S D AY | M AY 2 5 PM | B O N I FAC I O LO U N G E Art Exhibition Opening: LIGAWAN: Frogs, Fairy Tales and Contemporary Romance Zurich-based artist Pamela Gotangco adapts her Tinder Prince series to a local setting with Tindero Prince, which examines modern app-enabled dating, alongside her stylized paintings of female pulchritude inspired by geishas and Philippine traditions.
S AT U R D AY | M AY 2 5 | 4 - 7 P M LIVE FROM VIENNA: The Barber of Seville The Vienna State Opera celebrates its 150th anniversary with the performance of Gioachino Rossini's timeless opera, The Barber of Seville, via livestream. Members: FREE Presented through the auspices of the Austrian Embassy Manila
The exhibition runs until May 31
S AT U R D AY | M AY 11 | 5 P M HIDALGO HALL
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THE ARTIST SPEAKS Angelito Antonio on his new exhibition, Backlfow The Maestro, a titan of Philippine Modern Art, conducts an exclusive walkthrough of his latest artworks, created this year while recuperating from major surgery.
BLOOMING MARVELLOUS Flower-Arranging Workshop There’s nothing quite so eloquent a present than a basket of flowers. Ferdi Salvador shows children how to make their own personalized flower arrangements-the perfect Mother’s Day present.
The exhibition runs until May 12
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H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S T H U R S D AY | M AY 9 | 6 P M THE WORLD OF WOMEN Dr. Quincy Raya brings women’s health issues to the forefront and discusses natural therapies available to address them.
FOOD & BE VER AGE MAY
S U N D AY | M AY 1 2 10 :3 0AM-2 PM MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH BUFFET It’s all about Mom on her special day and we’re happy to help you spoil her with a truly sumptuous buffet on Mother’s Day! One lucky Mom might even win a special raffle prize.
Presented by Raya Clinic Members: FREE | Guests: P500
Price per person: P2,200 With a choice of cocktail or mocktail Price per child: P1,100 MAY
W E D N E S D AY | M AY 2 9 | 6 P M WE ARE FAMILY While we tend to look at health as an individual state, the well-being of the family as a unit is just as important to the well-being of the individual. Family Medicine specialist Dr. Aileen Espina discusses the family as a unit of care. Presented in partnership with Centre Médicale Internationale (CMI) Members: FREE | Guests: P500
Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
12 W E D N E S D AY | M AY 2 2 6:30-9:30PM UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN: An Evening with Banfi Wines Discover the soul of Tuscany through the refined wines of the Banfi vineyards at a special four-course wine-pairing dinner, in the company of Guillame Blanchard of Banfi. The featured wines are: Le Rime 2017, Fumaio 2017, Cum Laude 2015, Collepino 2016 Price per person P2,800 inclusive of wines Advance reservations recommended
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Kinto Durable, transparent, and aesthetically functional, the Kinto Unimug makes tea time more stylish and interesting. Each piece is composed of heat-resistant glass, colored strainer, and matching lid so you can take pleasure drinking loose-leaf teas with ease.
Basilur Tea Whether served as loose-leaf or in a tea bag, Basilur Tea gives you that distinctive Ceylon tea experience in every cup. This is tea of the highest-quality, sourced from Sri Lanka, one of the best tea-growing countries in the world.
Celestina A Celestina Crocodile Bag is a statement of style and luxury. Every piece is made with exotic crocodile leather that’s locally sourced and finely crafted.
Fragrant Home Candles Fill your home with sweet and alluring scents from Home Fragrant Candles. Each variant is made with unique notes inspired by destinations like Bourbon Islands, Baja Desert, Shikoku Island, and Gold Coast.
Manila House Members now enjoy reciprocal rights at the following Clubs
18 8 0
1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909 +65 6304 3200 | 1880.com.sg
139 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA 94105 USA modernist.club
TOWER CLUB SINGAPORE 9 Raffles Place 62nd - 64th Floor, Republic Plaza 1 Singapore 048619 +65 67673388 | tower-club.com.sg
WO R K C LU B G LO B A L workclubglobal.com
With four locations in Australia
SY D N E Y S U PR E M E C O U R T L8, 99 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000 +61 2 9019 1888
SY D N E Y B A R A N G A R O O G, 201 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000 +61 2 9019 1889
A R T Y Z E N C LU B
401A 4/F Shun Tak Centre 200 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong artyzenclub.com
STRAITS CL AN
31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845 +65 6320 9180 | straitsclan.com
9 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PH United Kingdom +44 20 7387 0183 | thecourt.co.uk
SY D N E Y B A R R AC K PL AC E G, 151 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000 +61 2 9019 1890
MELBOURNE 287 COLLINS L2, 287 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 +61 3 8688 7188
B R O DY L A N D
Paulay Ede utca 16-18 1061 Budapest, Hungary +36 1 550 7363 | brody.land
THE CIT Y SOCIET Y
Level 2, West Tower, World Financial Centre 1 East 3rd Ring Middle Road Chaoyang, Beijing 100020, China +86 10 5759 3288 | thecitybeijing.com
Two Horizon Center, First Floor DLF5, Gold Course Road Sector 43 Gurugram, India +91 124646744 | thequorum.club
Please note that all requests for visits to and bookings at our reciprocal clubs must be coursed through Manila House at least three (3) days before your intended visit. Please include the dates of your visit, as well as the number of guests you wish to bring, as each club sets its own limits. We kindly remind you to wait for email confirmation that your visit has been approved before proceeding to the reciprocal club. Please refrain from calling the reciprocal club directly to announce your visit. You may also be required to present your Manila House Membership Card when you arrive at the reciprocal club.