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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For other Post World War II photos of Manila’s Iconic Buildings, visit https://corregidor.org.