Manulife Financial's Annual and Special Meeting and First Quarter 2009 Financial Results Conference Call available through live webcast



    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - On Thursday, May 7, 2009, Manulife Financial
will webcast its joint Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders of Manulife
Financial Corporation and Annual and Special Meeting of Policyholders and
Shareholder of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. Later that day, the
Company will webcast its First Quarter 2009 Financial Results Conference Call.

    Annual and Special Meeting

    Manulife Financial's Annual and Special Meeting will be held at the
Company's Head Office, 200 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario on Thursday,
May 7, 2009, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET).
    A live video feed and slides will be accessible via the Manulife
Financial website at www.manulife.com/Presentations. An archived version of
the webcast will be available from 6:00 p.m. (ET) May 7, 2009 at the same URL
for 30 days following the Meeting.

    First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

    Manulife Financial Corporation's First Quarter 2009 Financial Results
will be issued the morning of May 7, 2009. The Conference Call with analysts
will follow that afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and run approximately
one hour. Scheduled Company speakers include Donald Guloien, incoming
President and Chief Executive Officer, John DesPrez III, Senior Executive Vice
President and incoming Chief Operating Officer and Peter Rubenovitch, Senior
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
    A live audio feed and slides will be accessible via the Manulife
Financial website at www.manulife.com/QuarterlyReports. The archived webcast
will be available at the same address from 6:00 p.m. (ET) on May 7, 2009 until
August 6, 2009.

    About Manulife Financial

    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$405 billion
(US$330 billion) as at December 31, 2008.
    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.





For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Laurie Lupton, (416) 852-7792,
laurie_lupton@manulife.com; Investor Relations: Amir Gorgi, 1-800-795-9767,
investor_relations@manulife.com


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