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Peninsula Hotel in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

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I just got back from a two week vacation in the Philippines. During my trip, I stopped by the Peninsula Hotel in Makati, Metro Manila. According to the Habanos website, it’s the only LCDH in the Philippines. Indeed, I couldn’t find any Cubans anywhere else in Manila, not even the airport duty free shops.

Unfortunately, the Peninsula has a very limited selection of Cubans. Mostly Cohibas, HU, HDM, RyJ, and Montes. No regional editions, and the only limited editions were RyJ Capuletos. No aged cigars, too. Prices are sky high (around $100 USD for one Esplendido). I bought one Cohiba Siglo IV ($70 USD) and one Capuleto ($50 USD). I didn’t smoke at the lounge because that would mean angry wife and kids.

On my final night, I stayed at the Marriott Resorts World, near Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The bar sells only Philippine cigars and allows smoking outside in the patio. I didn’t try any of the cigars there because Manila is still hot and humid even in December-January. 

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$1250 per box of Capuletos? Whoa that's intense. It seems that either Cuban cigars, or cigars in general, aren't very popular or they are ridiculously overpriced as a result of over-taxation. On the other hand, Hong Kong and Macau I've heard have excellent selections. Even vintage pre-Castro, '60s, 70s, 80s, you name it. 

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