Manulife Financial Corporation declares dividends

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation's Board of
Directors today declared a quarterly shareholders' dividend of $0.26 per share
on the common shares of Manulife Financial Corporation (the "Company"),
payable on and after June 19, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of
business on May 20, 2009.
    The Board also declared dividends on the following Non-cumulative Class A
Shares, payable on or after June 19, 2009 to shareholders of record at the
close of business on May 20, 2009.

    -  Series 1 - $0.25625 per share
    -  Series 2 - $0.29063 per share
    -  Series 3 - $0.28125 per share
    -  Series 4 - $0.4837 per share

    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 customers 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$322 billion) as at March 31, 2009.
    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

For further information:

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

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