If you are flying PAL Business Class to or from Manila, you can use Philippine Airlines flagship lounge at Manila’s NAIA Terminal 2. It’s a good place to relax, have a shower or get some food and drinks. Read my review to find out what to expect and how it compares to other lounges!
Philippine Airlines is the country’s flag carrier and has it’s own terminal at Ninoy Aquino Internatinoal Airport (MNL) in Manila. With that comes a lot of control over the experience you can create for your customers and PAL leveraged it for its Mabuhay lounge.
While MNL has a pretty bad reputation overall, most of that is due to the old Terminal 1 (international, finally renovated) and 4 (domestic). PAL’s terminal 2 is actually pretty nice. The Mabuhay lounge is located at the center, between the domestic and international wing. It’s available to business class passengers and their frequent flyer Mabuhay Elite members. Keep in mind that they only allow guests for their Premier Elite members!
After passing through the small receiving area, you can pick up a newspaper or magazine on the way in. There is also access to restrooms and a shower, if you are coming off a long flight! You have a choice of three areas in the lounge:
The first space you see is a TV/movie room, with seats arranged theater style facing a large TV screen.
The second are is set up cafeteria style with the food and drink buffets on two sides and a bar on the third. In the middle, you have bistro style tables and chairs set up.
The last room has the feeling of a living room, with small, comfortable sitting areas to relax or read. I picked the “living room” and, after arriving around 6am, headed straight to the buffet for breakfast. The choices included fresh fruit, sweet and savory pastries, as well as a selection of hot dishes. There were also juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea, and even the bar was open for business for cocktails, wine and beer.
I’m a coffee addict My first priority was coffee – and they do have an espresso/cappuccino maker, which served very good coffee (score!). It was a little early for cocktails, but I picked up some fruit and pastries and all were surprisingly good. I saved some appetite for the meal on the business class flight to come and relaxed with the news paper.
The lounge was busy, but not crowded and it was easy to find seats at any time, the food was being replenished quickly and service was friendly. Flight announcements were being made, although I couldn’t tell if those were for the lounge or terminal wide… The lounge was renovated in mid 2015, so it all feels new and fresh!
Compared to the Thai/Star Alliance lounge, the Miascor Lounge and Pagestop Lounge in terminal 1, the Mabuhay lounge is a far more pleasant place to wait for your flight. It also compares favorably to your typical United/Delta/American lounge, but can’t quite measure up to Singapore Airlines lounge in NAIA Terminal 3. It’s the most pleasant place to wait for your flight at MNL’s various terminals and I’m sure to make my way there on my next PAL flight…