Manila Central Post Office Building : Exploring Manila


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.

Since most of my travel gears, travel books, camera lenses, cook books 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 its near Quiapo, Binondo, Intramuros, SM Manila and Luneta.

Manila Central Post Office
Manila Central Post Office Facade

The Manila 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 War
Post World War II Photo

It’s neoclassical architecture was designed by Filipino architect Juan Marcos de Guzman Arrelano 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 it’s original design.

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Manila Central Post Office
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 it’s regional hubs.

Manila Central Post Office
Greek inspired Ionic Columns

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

Manila Central Post Office
Ground Floor : Bureau of Customs Office

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

Manila Post Office
View 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 architectual design, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.

Old Manila Pre-War Photos

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