Review: PAGSS Lounge by Gate 6, T1 Manila (MNL)

Christmas & New Year in the Philippines flying Turkish Airlines Business Class

For the second time after three years, I celebrated Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, together with the Singelresor group. We were a group of 16 although I guess it could have been more. Our program started in Manila, the capital city and after that, we flew to Cebu to explore the oldest city in the country. Then we had four nights in Panglao where we visited the famous Chocolate Hills, the Philippine tarsier, and did the Loboc River Cruise among others and of course enjoyed the white sand beaches of the island. Then, we flew to Boracay, the world's best island for 2016 according to the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler where we celebrated New Year 😍 From there, we flew back to Manila and took the long bus ride to Banaue to visit the 2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces. Finally, on our last day in Manila, we visited the famous Pagsanjan Falls before taking our evening flight back to Stockholm. Unfortunately, the snow chaos in Istanbul Airport caused us to have an extra three nights in Manila where we were accommodated in the Belmont Hotel Manila. No doubt, it was one of the best Christmas and New Year celebrations I've had lately and would celebrate it here every year if only I could 😉

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PAGSS Lounge reception

Date of visit: January 10, 2017

Location: East Concourse by gate 6, Terminal 1
Access: Business Class passengers flying on airlines like Etihad, China Airlines, China Eastern, EVA Air, Gulf Air, etc; card holders of cards like BPI Priveleges, Priority Pass, Dragon Pass, BDO
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

Lounge Access


Lounge seating

Lounge seating


Buffet area

Buffet with Halal items in the corner including baked pasta

Hot dishes like Primavera Fettucine and asado

Chicken Arroz Caldo

Ham and cheese sandwich, Lettuce and cream cheese sandwich

Cheese macaroons, Mango Pannacotta, Choco S'more

Premio Santa Carolina white wine, San Miguel Beer, Coke Sprite, Schweppes, sliced fruits, vegetable sticks

Red wine and liquors (Johnie Walker, Vodka, etc)

Work & Entertainment

Business center with 5 PCs




Gentleman's toilet


View from the lounge


This lounge is the old Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge which I have visited three years ago and which I thought was a fairly good lounge then. Unfortunately, with a lot of airlines using this lounge now, the carpets and other furniture are already showing its age. The food selection from the buffet was good though and had a separate hot food for Muslims passengers. There is free wifi although you can also use the airport's own wifi which is quite fast. I have previously visited both the Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge and Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge in Terminal 3 and this lounge is definitely subpar. I wish that all the airlines using this lounge would decide to do a make over of this lounge to offer a better ground experience for their passengers. Overall, a nice lounge.

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