Manulife Financial to open the market at TSX today in celebration of 125th anniversary



TORONTO, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial will open the market at Toronto Stock Exchange this morning to celebrate 125 years as a strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking Canada-based global company.

Manulife Financial President and Chief Executive Officer Donald Guloien will be joined by Chair, Dr. Gail Cook-Bennett, company executives and honourees of the company's STARs of Excellence program to initiate the siren at Toronto Stock Exchange. The event concludes a week-long series of market opening ceremonies worldwide attended by Manulife executives and other dignitaries.

"Opening the market is a celebration of Manulife's outstanding achievements over the last 125 years and the bright future we look forward to," said Mr. Guloien. "With key operations in Asia, Canada and the U.S., we are well-positioned in the world's fastest-growing economies. Manulife has the ability to capitalize on growth opportunities, thrive in a competitive business environment and remain a leader in our industry for many years to come."

Earlier this week on June 19, Mr. Guloien rang The Opening BellSM at the New York Stock Exchange. Executives from Manulife's offices in Asia and local dignitaries also attended market opening ceremonies on June 21 at the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and today at the Philippine Stock Exchange.

About Manulife Financial - 125th Anniversary

Founded in Canada in 1887, Manulife has experienced impressive financial and geographical growth throughout its history, becoming one of the largest financial institutions in the world. In 2012, Manulife celebrates its 125th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of John Hancock, the company's U.S. Division. Manulife is holding a number of global activities to mark this significant occasion, including the launch of the Drive to 125 social media campaign that encourages Canadians to collectively pledge 125,000 volunteer hours in support of community organizations. Earlier in June, Manulife held anniversary celebrations across its offices in Asia, Canada and the U.S. to engage with their local communities.

About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$512 billion (US$512 billion) as at March 31, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

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

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