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I stayed in a 113-year-old hotel with a star-studded clientele that includes Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton. It was a far cry from the glitz and glamour I expected.

Business Insider India Logo By Marielle Descalsota of Business Insider India | Slide 1 of 10: The hotel opened to the public in July 1912, making it the oldest hotel in the Philippines. It's also one of the most prominent historical landmarks in the country's capital.The hotel had been the site of many important events in Filipino history. It's where US General Douglas MacArthur commanded his post during Japan's occupation of Manila during World War II. It was also the "second home" of former first lady Imelda Marcos, the wife of late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos. A revolution has even started at the hotel: Late Filipino president Cory Aquino gave her famous 1986 speech in the hotel's heritage room, which sparked the movement that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship in the same year.In the late 1990s, the hotel's clientele began to include celebrities and royalty. Pop icon Michael Jackson stayed at the hotel in December 1996. Prince Charles made a visit in July 1997. Presidents from all around the world flocked to the hotel too, like late South African leader Nelson Mandela and former US president Bill Clinton.

The Manila Hotel in the Philippines' capital city, Manila, is known for its high profile clientele. It's hosted celebrities like Michael Jackson and world leaders like former US president Bill Clinton.

The hotel opened to the public in July 1912, making it the oldest hotel in the Philippines. It's also one of the most prominent historical landmarks in the country's capital.

The hotel had been the site of many important events in Filipino history. It's where US General Douglas MacArthur commanded his post during Japan's occupation of Manila during World War II. It was also the "second home" of former first lady Imelda Marcos, the wife of late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

A revolution has even started at the hotel: Late Filipino president Cory Aquino gave her famous 1986 speech in the hotel's heritage room, which sparked the movement that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship in the same year.

In the late 1990s, the hotel's clientele began to include celebrities and royalty. Pop icon Michael Jackson stayed at the hotel in December 1996. Prince Charles made a visit in July 1997. Presidents from all around the world flocked to the hotel too, like late South African leader Nelson Mandela and former US president Bill Clinton.

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