Manulife Mutual Funds announces Lipper Award Winners



    WATERLOO, ON, April 30 /CNW/ - Manulife Mutual Funds is proud to announce
that four of its mutual funds have been recognized for excellence in the
investment industry at the 2009 Lipper Fund Awards.
    Manulife Growth Opportunities Class - 10 year performance, Manulife
Monthly High Income Fund - 10 year performance, Manulife Structured Bond Class
- 5 year performance and Manulife China Opportunities Class - 1 year
performance were all recognized for consistently strong risk-adjusted
performance relative to their peers. The funds are managed by MFC Global
Investment Management, Manulife's asset management arm.
    "This recognition by Lipper reinforces not only the strength and
expertise of the investment managers available through Manulife Mutual Funds,
but the fact that we can provide advisors and their investors with a depth and
breadth of high quality fund offerings across a wide range of fund
categories," said Roy Firth, Executive Vice President, Individual Wealth
Management.
    We are also pleased to congratulate Mawer Investment Management Ltd.,
managers of the Manulife Mawer family of funds who won five Lipper awards,
including "Best Equity Fund Family".
    "Mawer has proven to be a top performer in these volatile times," said
Mr. Firth. "We are very pleased to be able to offer their award-winning
investment management approach through the Manulife Mawer fund family"
    The Lipper Fund Awards are part of a global program of events held in 21
countries to reward funds that deliver consistently strong risk-adjusted
performance. The winners are selected using the Lipper Leader rating for
consistent return. For more information on Lipper Leaders, please visit
www.lipperweb.com
    For more information about Manulife Investments, please visit
www.manulifeinvestments.ca

    About Manulife Investments

    Manulife Investments is the brand name describing certain Canadian
subsidiaries and operating divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation that
offer personal wealth management products and services in Canada. As one of
Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments
offers a variety of products and services including segregated funds, mutual
funds, annuities and guaranteed investment contracts.

    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 contact: Jasmine Mangalaseril, Manulife
Financial, (519) 594-4185, jasmine_mangalaseril@manulife.com


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