The Mabuhay Lounge is the only airline lounge found in NAIA terminal 2. It’s a good place to stay and rest before your flight—but the comfort often varies on the time. The lounge is reserved for passengers on international flights as there is another, separate Domestic Mabuhay Lounge.
The lounge isn’t necessarily large so it’s prone to being overcrowded. After a decent renovation effort a few years ago, it did get an upgrade to both it’s aesthetic and practical points—however, when compared with some of the more renowned airline lounges such as the Silverkris lounge and Cathay Pacific Lounge, it barely makes the cut.
That being said, they have good seats and fairly average food, so I think the lounge is worth staying a few minutes in.
You can only enter the Mabuhay Lounge if you’re a Business Class passenger or are part of their frequent flyer program, Mabuhay Miles. Members that are allowed include Elite, Premier Elite, and Million Miler.
There were three receptionists waiting behind the table for people opting to go to the lounge. The ones in charge when I went in were all friendly but with a strict air to them. The rest of the lounge was to the right of the reception area.
The wall directly to the right has a decorative sign showcasing the entrance to the lounge itself.
As you turn right, you’ll begin to see sections of the lounge per se. Overall, you can summarize it into three areas.
The first area is kind of like a mini theater, though the only thing you’ll be watching is some international news. The screen isn’t maddeningly loud nor is it too quiet. The area is lined with comfortable chairs, so a lot of people tend to use them as places to nap in.
The lights in this area are dimmed compared to the rest, further making it a great place to rest and relax for a bit. The Mabuhay lounge doesn’t have a dedicated rest area with beds, so this place is the closest that you will get.
At the back of this semi-theater area is a small cubicle that seems to be a dedicated workspace there’s just one seat with one computer and no printers.
The next area is where all the food is. The format of the seats and tables resembles a cafeteria. There are many tables and seats to choose from, there were also a few high-top seating mixed in there.
There were three buffet tables, all of which had different focuses. The first one you would usually see is where some heavy dishes are placed. The one beside it houses drinks, bread and sometimes, dumplings, and the farthest one would usually have pastries, fruits, bread rolls, and cheese.
Right by the third table was a pot of PAL’s famous arroz caldo.
There was also a small bar in the cafeteria that provided some alcoholic drinks. Their selection wasn’t too good, but it’s definitely enough for someone looking for a sip.
The last room is much fitting of the typical lounge. Seats were arranged in ways that are common among other airline lounges around the world. There were chairs that faced the windows hoping for a good view of the apron, which isn’t really the case. A long partition separates the chairs near the window and the ones that are more on the inside. Dimly light lamps hung from this small wall to illuminate those sitting right next to them.
And that’s it. The Mabuhay lounge isn’t something super special—but it should be worth staying for a few minutes to catch up on some shut-eye. You can say that this is one of those cases where everything was just average—apart from not having a good view of the apron.
The Mabuhay Lounge at NAIA Terminal 2 is the lounge of choice for the country’s flagship carrier, Philippine Airlines. The lounge itself has nothing to brag about, and to me, it’s average at best. But since Philippine Airlines is making its own efforts to better both it’s in-flight and on-ground service, there might come a time when the lounges themselves receive another upgrade in the future.
For now, the Mabuhay Lounge is an option for you to rest and relax. It’s not a place that we would recommend, but it’s certainly there if you need a good place to spend time in.