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For Immediate Release

August 27, 2007

Manulife Olympic Games Mascots Bring Smiles to Caritas Kids

Special sports day rounded-off with toys presentation

Hong Kong— Some 50 children from the Caritas Nursery School - Tsui Lam enjoyed a memorable day during a visit by the senior management of Manulife (International) Limited (MIL) — bearing Olympic-mascot plush toys for them all.

The Olympic Games mascot donation plus mini sports day was designed to give the kids, aged from three to six, a fun time with their parents through various organised sports games such as soccer, horse-riding and marathon, and to imbue them with the Olympic “spirit”. The highlight was the distribution of Olympic Games mascot soft toys by Michael Huddart, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Hong Kong, MIL, together with Olympic Games mascot Huan Huan. The fun figures have been chosen to spread the message of friendship and peace from China to the world.

Commented Mr. Huddart: “It is never too early to get interested in sport and to appreciate the happiness that healthy competition can bring. This is what the Olympic Games are all about and, as the Worldwide Life-Insurance Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, we are doing everything we can to focus public attention on the aims and ideals of the Games, which in so many ways mirror our own corporate values.

“All our hopes for the future rest on children such as these, which is why we embarked on community programs that can bring smiles to them. We hope it is something that these youngsters will remember fondly for the rest of their lives, and that will help them to grow up respecting the qualities of fair play and doing one’s best that sport can encompass.”

Gloria Leung, Service Head of Caritas Pre-school Education and Child Care Service and Supervisor of Caritas Nursery School – Tsui Lam thanked Manulife’s support. “All our children and parents have an enjoyable time. This is a meaningful sponsorship for our children to learn how to be cooperative as a team as well as to face challenges with courage through the organised games and physical activities,” said Ms Leung.

The visit was part of the insurance company’s ongoing Olympic activation programs, aimed at spreading the spirit and joy of the Olympic Games.

About Caritas Hong Kong
Caritas–Hong Kong is a member of Caritas International, a federation of 162 Caritas organizations operating in 200 countries throughout the world. Caritas-Hong Kong was founded in July 1953 by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. The wide-ranging services provided by Caritas address basic human needs and include social work, education, medical care, community development and hospitality through over 250 service units from over150 locations throughout the SAR. There are 11 nursery schools and kindergartens operated by Caritas Pre-school Education and Child Care Services with a total capacity of 1,130 children. For more information about Caritas, please visit http://www.caritas.org.hk.

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 / Winnie Wun
Manulife (International) Limited
Tel: (852) 2202 1050 / 2510 3191
Fax: (852) 2234 6875
Email: helena_lee@manulife.com
          winnie_ch_wun@manulife.com