Manila Central Post Office Building: Manila’s Iconic Edifice

Manila Central Post Office Facade

Manila Post Office Building: An Important Cultural Property of the Philippines

It was my day-off when I visited the Manila Post office last week to pick up the package I bought from eBay. It took almost two weeks for them to send me the notice that my package has arrived; oh well, at least it didn’t get lost.

Aerial shot of the Post Office by Patrick Roque via Wikipedia CC
Aerial shot of the Post Office By Patrick Roque – Taken using my own camera with model DSC-HX5V, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Since most of my travel gears, travel books, camera lenses, cookbooks, and other travel stuff are purchased from eBay, It had to go to the Manila Post Office for Customs and duties purposes. I’m not complaining; I actually enjoy walking around this part of Manila since it’s near Quiapo, Binondo, Intramuros, SM Manila, and Luneta.

Manila Central Post Office Facade
Manila Central Post Office Facade


The Manila Central Post office Building is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the Philippines. Located in the district of Intramuros, at the bank of the Pasig River. The front of the building faces the Liwasang Bonifacio Plaza (now known as Plaza Lawton).

Manila Central Post Office Post World War II Photo
Manila Central Post Office Post World War II Photo


Its neoclassical architecture was designed by Filipino architect Juan Marcos de Guzman Arellano and was originally built in 1926.

The original structure was severely damaged during the bombing of Manila during World War II but was reconstructed in 1946, preserving its original design.

National Historical Institute Marker
National Historical Institute Marker

This building serves as the head office of PhilPost, where all local and international mails and parcels are sorted before being distributed to its regional hubs.

Ionic Columns at Manila Post Office Building
Ionic Columns at Manila Post Office Building

Stamp collectors also frequently visit the Manila Post Office to buy the latest stamp issues from the philatelic section. They also sell different types of stamps like Mint, Cancelled, Se-tenant, Souvenir sheets, and Sheetlets.

Bureau of Customs Office at the Basement
Bureau of Customs Office at the Basement

The Manila Central Post Office also hosts a yearly event where old stamps and mailing equipment are exhibited. Visiting the building’s interior will give you a totally different impression. Just like the building, the equipment and facilities are old but are still in use.

Manila Post Office from Binondo
Manila Post Office from Binondo

I felt that I was sent back in time. Unlike the post offices in other Asian countries, the Manila Post Office was left out when it comes to modern architectural design, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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  1. conie ebasan says

    hi maam,sir.
    please could you help me about my letter that i send to my parents last two months sep.8 or 9 2009?i send here from germany to cagayan de oro city.untel now not yet arrive?please tell me cow can i locate my letter?

  2. Maria May says

    Pls provide of a contact of Manila Central Post Office so I could follow up my registered mail.How long does it take a registered to arrive manila from Iloilo?

  3. lady gossip says

    usually d na nakakaabot yung mga mail at package galing sa labas if through the philippine post service dadaan yung finorward ng mga mailing service tulad ng US post service..yung mga kartero kasi eh kinukuha yung package at binubuksan…
    i have a package expected to arrive at my address in iloilo by the end of february from the US..kaso sa mga na search ko sa net..parang d na ako sigurado na makakarating sakin yung mail…puro mga reklamo sa d nila pagtanggap ng kanilang mail

  4. aldo catania says

    Dear Sir
    During the first week of December 2009 a person (address below) has posted a registered parcel no:5456. to me in Malta.
    Mari Grace Felipe
    # 56 San Jose
    Malolos, Bulacan 3003
    This parcel did not arrive and I would lioke to make an enquire about it.
    I have checked with the malta Post and they could not trace a four digit number of a registered item.Could you be so kind and track this parcel.
    Thanks and best regards
    Aldo catania
    rama-rama plot 20 Triq monsinjur annton cilia Zebbug Malta Europe

  5. Delayed/Lost Package says

    Dear Sir/Madam;
    I want to verify my package from Taiwan to Cebu Philippines, since it was sent mid December 2009 and not yet being receive by my daughter. Supposedly it is a Christmas gift. I was worried if it’s get lost or just delay.. Can you help me about this matter, because we are ashamed, that the fact we are Filipino and that we are not trusted in a small things..and how much more the bigger thing.. We work very hard for it… Thank you.. WEWE

  6. Greten - metro manila photos says

    They use that building as prop palace of Pontius Pilate. With the speed of e-mail, snail mail will be soon phased out, and that building will be just an archeological curiosity. You made a good job of preserving its image. Wonderful.

  7. Vineeta @hotelsfairy says

    Thats a really grand building. How have you got hold of a Post World War II picture? 🙂

  8. Janine Aldover says

    I copied some of the informations for our website.

    Thank you! 🙂

  9. Janine Aldover says

    I copied some of the informations for our website. Thank you very much! This blog is a big help for me! 🙂

  10. wraner says

    just like to follow up where my mail from new zealand where about, its been a month and a half now.

    1. melo says

      Hello Wraner! To tell you honestly, I dont know the whereabouts of your mail.. I dont have access to the Central Post Office database / details of every shipment. Please try to contact the Post Office directly:)

  11. arcie says

    aq..ok nmn ung service ng central post office..nakakarating sa U.S ang mga mails ko..
    I’m from pasay city,pero dun ko parin pinapadala mail ko..

  12. luz gingoyon says

    how pity on all workers in manila post office.. they are all corrupt.. stealing of documents or any mailed from different people. there many repeated problems regarding mailed that have not their hand yet just because u are stealing it especialyy when money matters involved. pity on u.. nasa katungkulan pa naman kau.. kakahiya! kapwa filipino tinitira nyo?

  13. bhongbong.amen says

    may i know the new tel. num. of the main office manila post,at the liwasang bonifacio,thanks…

  14. diana says

    hy gooday maam/sir
    mag ask lang po ako if may nakarating na ba na letter and also atmcard naipinadala nang bf ko galing germany here is name koch armin address po nya meisenweg 686830 swabmunchen germany, he send to me to my address: blk 18 lot 5 suraya homes cabantian davao city 8000, pls update po ninyo ako sa email add ko. tx /to main office of manila,

  15. chen says

    im kinda pissed right now. my bf sent me a package last october 2nd week and now its still not here.. the US customs said they sent it to manila last nov.3 so it must be here by nov.8.. and i still dont have any notifications.. i wonder why the problem is really in this country, why people are so untrue..just try to put
    yourselves in our shoes you people!

  16. nico says

    Good day, Sir/madam I just want to verify my mail letter, Isang buwan na po kalahati hangang ngayon wla pa po, please lang po, bka kng pwede bigyan nyo po ako ng contact number, taga Angono rizal po ako… thank you…

  17. aubrey borlongan says

    sir/mada’am, i want to verify the parcel of miss joy mae nasayao from china to baguio city,dapat kasi last month pa un dumating dito pero hanggang ngayun wala pa pls. kung nanjan yung parcel parang awa ninyo na paki send naman kailangan ko un as soon as possible….pls lng po…

  18. kyjie belgica says

    hey guys, i am also one of the victim of this mbagal at bulok na sistema ng post office sa atin… Ive sent my letter last nov. 19 and up to now wala pa din which is december 14 na. So, I called this number (+63 2) 928 4717 (for letters and documents) +63 2 928 1667 (for parcels) Quezon City post office. and another one is +63 2 854 0084 I guess this is the main post office. So, knina my cuzn received the notice from post office na nandun na sa knila last nov. 30 pa. Hope this would help…

  19. J.Nellas says

    i sent my documents (6 pages only) to Canada via express mail which costs almost 1,000.00 php. i was told that it will arrive Canada in 10 days. today is the 10th day. i decided to track it to make sure however, the PHILPOST website’s not working at all.

    has anyone ever had this kind of problem especially when i mailed it EXPRESS? i’m just worried now if my mail would even get there within this month. It’s a very important document and I am trying to finish this whole process within this month. With this delay, i cannot even proceed to the next step of my application. 🙁

    i tried calling some of the numbers i saw online but none of them are working. how can i trace my mail? 🙁

  20. arturo tuastumban says

    Naku!!!!! Ako biktima din dyan sa Post Office na yan!!!pinadala ko ang documents ko Jan.4,2011 hanggang ngayon Jan 14, 2011 wala pa,sabi dito sa west australia 5 days lang dadating na yan, pero wala pa!!!Mahiya naman kayo taga POst Office!!!!High Technology na tayo pero kayo LAKAD PAGUNG PA DIN!!!! PAANO TAYO AASENSO NYAN?????? ITO PO ANG TRACKING NUMBER LX529821160AU salamat….

  21. irish nicanor says

    …simple christmas card until now di pa dumadating.. from chicago… sinabi sakin last december 17 or 18 2010 ..pinadala.. nauna pa na-recieved un card ko pinadala december 28, 2010… from to chicago… almost one month na di ko pa rin recieved card from chicago..Tama ba un nakakahiya naman sa iba country malaman kahit simple christmas card wala dumating… here the address scott krizek 326 N. Chestnut St. Addison, IL 60101 USA… my address Irish Nicanor 1148 Santos Teodoro St. Tondo, Manila… sana po maaksyonan nu… thank u..

  22. mrs. servande says

    gud am i didnt received my 2 mails from fairshipping corporation( nov and dec)adres P4 B5 L29 Eastwood R.Rizal(montalban).thank you

  23. kingkong says

    Ilang taon na bang ganito lagi ang problema sa post office, nawawalang package. Sa customs ganoon din. Sa empleyado pa lang nila makikita mo na kung gaano kapal ng mukha, flaunting their jewelries while working inside the customs.

    If you’re planning to send a package or mail, use a courier service like fedex or dhl for international. xend, jrs express, or air21 for local. Why? Because instead of getting a good deal from ebay, you’ll just end up paying more because of customs taxes or worse, you wouldn’t receive the package at all.

  24. MS.Malasiqui says

    ilang beses na akong nag-send ng letters,cards and package small bubble envelop!!! hindi nakakarating sa pamilya ko!!! wag na kayong mag-advertise ng MURA AT MABILIS kung hindi nman inaaksyonan reklamo ng mga tao!
    Jan 8,2011 ko pinadala till now wala pa!!! Nakakahiya tayo.. ako ang napapahiya sa ginagawa nyo sa loob ng Post Office. Iba na tinging ng dayuhan sa atin kundi magnanakaw. Dapat ba kayong tularan?

  25. jenval says

    bkt hnd pa dumating ung bagahe ko last dec29,2010 pa hinulog ,ilang beses na akong pabalik-balik sa post office davao.cinsabi lng nila tawagan ko daw s manila,wl nmng pag asa pa ba na aabot ung bagahe ko?pls help me…


    bakit hangang ngaun dpa dumadating sakin ang parcel na padala sakin galing germany hinulog nya nunbg dec. 23 pa why untill now d ko pa nattanggap,,,kung pwede lang po ipadala na ninyo dito s post office ng G.M.A CAVITE kasi super tagal na tlaga…imposible naman n d un makarating dito s pinas kasi pinadala n ng friend galing ko germany pati recbo sakin para ma trace ko kung nasan n ang parcel ko….could you pls help me!!!!!!!!!!!


    galing po ng finkenweg 51 64295 darmstadt germany ang parcel ko why untill now wala napakatagal na po kung pwede iforward Nyo na dito s G.M.A CAVITE KUNG pwede lang po,,,galing pong Deutsche Post po yun…..asan na po plssssssssssss lang po iforward nyo na dec 23 pa yun hinulog….

  28. iony duca says

    hoi mga tga manila post office,san na yung mga package nmin..di ba kayo nahihiya sa sarili nyo,nakikialam ng mga gamit na hindi sa inyo…marami ng ngrereklamo pero wala kayong mga aksyon diyan,sayang lang yong mga sahud niyo,d nman kayo nagtatrabaho..ibalik nyo yong mga package at sulat nmin,mahiya naman kayo

  29. rosario ana says

    mam bkit po hangang ngayon wala pa po akong narereciv na package asida from that mayron pa pong important papers don na kailangan ko na ngayon last jan 24 po inihulog from new zealand pls answer my mail

  30. iyenne says

    nagpadala po ako ng small package para sa family ko..naka address po kay leopoldo castillo #60 riverside drive phase 4 vista verde country homes cainta rizal..pinadala ko nung feb. 14 2011 para po sana sa graduation ng anak ko yun until now natapos na graduation niya wala pa din..march 26, 2011 na po..galing po yan canada post..please pakihatid na po yan sobrang tagal na po..please naman po..thanks!

  31. iyenne says

    please naman po pakihatid na po yung small package..pinaghirapan ko po yan dto sa canada..please hatid niyo na po kay leopoldo castillo..salamat po..God Bless

  32. eleonor ramos says

    i send a package here in us going to philippines until now my friend did not recieve it .how come it i pay it for priority mail been 3 months…to all post office officers PLEASE MAKE AN ACTION FOR THIS,,,PINAG


  33. eleonor ramos says


  34. fritz says

    feb pa pinadala iphone from hk april na wala parin, ano ba talaga number ng customs na yan?

  35. fritz says


  36. kem says

    pls check my package from us..
    its almost 4 weeks na hangang ngayon wla pa..
    who should i contact sa foreign customs na yan?!?!
    and who can answer me ba??

  37. dex says

    good morning, last month po second week ng march my pinadala po akong very impotant papers, pero hanggang ngyon hindi pa po narerecive, wala naman po na tracking no na binibigay ang post office d2 sa guam, my posibility ba na matack ung letter jan sa pinas? kailangan na kailangan na kasi un letter.

  38. Barbara/Jennifer says

    I have been looking for my father who used to worked there at the post office. His name is Eddie C. Hernandez. If anyone have any information where to contact him please e-mail me at this address “”. Thank you.

  39. nico says

    hindi rin nman cguro lahat mga pakete sulat d makarating sa add.nadelayed lang cguro at wag nlang tayo maglagay ng pera sa sulat .. .. . thanks

  40. SHARON MINA says

    hi sir,maam…..good afternoon po…ako po si sharon mina…d2 po ako sa bagio…nagsend po ako ng documents sa israel last month before holy week….i used EMS…kasi alam ko mabilis po iyon…pero until now d pa po nila natatanggap…importante po yong documents na iyon…please paki inform nman po..e2 po yong tracking # EE204509430PH….MARAMING SALAMAT PO….

  41. Eva Chan says

    may 19, 2011 po napashipment na ng india post yun medicine na inorder ko sa kanila may 23,2011 ng 9am narceived dito sa manila central mail exchange center pero 3:50pm nasend nila sa custom & up to now hinihintay ko un shipment wala pa ilan days na nakalipas wala naman nag advise sa akin kung madedeliver ba o nasan na yun shipment ko… paki reply naman po kung san ko pwede ifollow up ito need ko na yun medicine.. thanks

  42. Eva Chan says

    first time ko po gumamit ng EMS sabi kasi mabilis ito 24hrs delivery pero up to now wala pa yun medicine ko sobrang tagal na…

  43. CHENG says

    hello pop my friend in japan send me a package almost a month EMS nya kasi daw mabilis but until now wala parin sa akin.

  44. ranch says

    im really getting paranoid with our damn post system in this country.
    i thought things are fine when me and my gf started sending letters to each other.
    all was fine and dandy a year ago
    now her letters to me hasnt reached me at all.
    before i get so pissed since some of her small packages for me arrive in my house tampered,
    either with cuts to the envelope or very obvious pokes by some sharp object.
    so i started asking the mailman why are my letters like this and he said he doesnt know…yeah right!
    but, i can actually live with those tampering as long the letters/packages arrive in my mailbox.
    i have been waiting for 3 letters for almost a month now and not a single one has arrived yet.
    first time this thing happened to us was some months ago.
    now here we go again.
    i mean, can the philpost staff really stomach such a thing that they are doing???
    thats what you will feed your family with, the things you steal from hard working people???
    or no wait, you use that for drinking after work!
    this thing has been going on since my mom was younger and my grandma sends us letters and we recieve them tampered.
    (well, thats for another story)
    i guess im the next generation that the philpost company steals from eh?
    have some respect to yourselves!
    i dont exactly know where the damn tampering or stealing takes place when our letters/packages arrive in the philippines
    but i live in ortigas extension cainta area.
    so kung saan at sino man, mahiya naman kayo!
    nakakahiya na tayo sa maraming bagay!
    lalo pa tayong nagiging kahiyahiya sa mga ginagawa nyo!
    mahiya naman kayo sa sarili nyo at sa diyos!

  45. Jennyvib Alolor says

    Good Day! My name is Jennyvib Alolor, nag sent po ako ng medicine sa husband ko papuntang Singapore pick up po yon dapat kaso nadelayed po asawa ko sa pagkuha, sabi po ng Singapore post ofice po return to sender daw, pinacheck ko po dito samin sa Post office ng Bacolod City Negross Occidental kung saan po ako nag send, nag declared na daw yong Singapore sa Status return to sender ang remarks po May 10,2011, ang problema ko po until now wala parin, humihingi po ako ng tulong dito sa post office pero ewan ko kung anu gnagawa nila na until now la parin feedback, kaya po Maam/sir pakitulongan nyo naman ako kung panu ko matrace kung saan na po yon, kinababahala ko po baka masayang lang yon, nakapasa naman yon sa mga hinihingi nilang requirements pagnagpadala. ito po ang tracking number RR0022459005PH… please namn po nagmamakaawa po ako tulongan nyo naman po ako need na talaga ng husband ko yon… thanks po ng marami

  46. izzy says

    pls pls pls pinoy gising naman kau nagpadala ako ng package last may 26 kasi kailangan ng aking kapatid na teacher prts ng computer sabi dito sa usa 7 days now its almsot a month ano ba kayo dyan tutulog tulog gisng para umunlad kau

  47. grzia says

    a friend of mine from US sent me a very important document. It was sent July 5, 2011 and up to now.. August 7, 2011. It hasn’t reach our local post office yet. I’ve asked them for 4 times now and they said its not yet there.. I hope people/workers from Central post office in Manila, would address our concerns here..Please..that paper in that mail is my life. If you are not doing good on your job, you are depriving people of their please..let us all be honest!

  48. Bernie Q. de Guzman says

    Dear Maam/Sir,
    Pwede po bang pakicheck baka natabunan po siguro yung sulat na pinadala sa akin. Pinadala kasi sa akin noong July 2, 2011 pa po. Bale mahigit 3 months na po kc akong naghihintay wala pa po. Nag-aalala na po kasi yung laging nagpapadala sa akin ng mga materials. Monthly po akong nakakatanggap ng sulat at pinapadalhan po ako ng mga religious materials at iba pa. Bale galing po yun sa Evergreen Circle Hendersonville Tenneessee. Hintayin ko po ang inyong sagot kung maari sana sa aking email.
    Thanks po.

  49. Juan Tanga says

    hay ang tanga naman ng mga nagcocoment dito…. akala nya siguro eh website it ng Post Office… LOL

  50. Philpost Watchdog says

    Below is part of an e-mail I rec’d from my Mother who resides in USA.

    Received your Christmas card in today’s mail. I did not find the item you mentioned last week that was in the card for your Father. Must have come via the air or something….sure was fast getting here!

    Pretty card,wonderful message and we know that it was filled with love from both! I was a little upset to see that it had been handled roughly though there was a rip on each side and also one smack dab in the top edge of the envelope.
    The card only had the center top ripped about 3/4 of an inch. The gold stone like on the Christmas tree was intact. We appreciate it very much.

    Would Phil Post care to explain this?? The only thing they are out for is themselves. Pathetic that you can not trust a Govt Postal Employee here in the Philippines. Trying to line their own pockets with other peoples hard earned gifts. There is no excuse for this, pure and simple it is THEFT. Oh, and do not expect a straight honest answer form them either, only lame excuses as to why this happens.
    It’s as if Filipino Postal culture does not acknowledge the existence of complaints about poor service , and thus are in denial of reality. So your complaint is not even really heard or understood. They don’t want to hear it and are unable to respond to it.

  51. PALABS says

    yung pinadala sakin via AIRMAIL/PARCEL from adelaide australia nung dec 19 2012 till now (jan 16 2013) wala… ano na nangyayari sa post office na yan??? bakit hindi dumadating… base on australian post 3 to 10 working days dapat ma receive ko na… ayoko sanang magbintang… at umaasa ako na makukuha ko pa din yun… nakakahiya sabihin na HANGGANG ngayon marami pa ding magnanakaw na nagtratrabaho dyan…

  52. Sad says

    Sana turuan nyo ng magandang asal ang mga teller dyan sa post office nyo. especially yang babae na matanda sa express window at sa cashier super napaka unprofessional nila. nakakailang magtanong sa kanila kasi lagi silang galit.

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