Manila Central Post Office

Standing on the southern bank of the Pasig River is a building popular as location for the local movies. I actually saw this building in “Praybeyt Benjamin” of Vice Ganda and another movie, which starred Bea Alonzo. Its columns is very impressive to look at that's why directors and producers like this building.

I am, of course, talking about the Manila Central Post Office.
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Manila Central Post Office as viewed from Liwasang Bonifacio.


The Manila Central Post Office is my most favorite building in Manila. The neoclassical artchitectural style of this building reminds me of old Greece.
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Front view of Manila Central Post Office.
The Philippine flag is on half-mast during Sec. Robredo's wake.

The post office building was located between Jones and MacArthur bridges. Locate in front of it is the Liwasang Bonifacio, which contains a unique statue of Andres Bonifacio.
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Statue of Andres Bonifacio with Manila Central Post Office at the background.


This statue is unique because Andres Bonifacio is not holding any bolo. He is standing as if he is posing for a photo with the Manila Central Post Office as the background.
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Facade and columns of Manila Central Post Office.


What I like with classical buildings is the presence of tiny details. An example would be the “gargoyle heads” located on the buildings facade. You can see those heads on the photo above. The heads are brown-colored “dots” located above the columns.

Buildings designed before the Second World War are beautiful because the architects are concerned about the minor details. The gargoyle heads on the facade of the Manila Central Post Office are small and unnecessary. These will look invisible to many people going in and out of the post office building. Despite of that, the architect still included it in his design.
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Hallway of Manila Central Post Office.


The Manila Central Post Office was erected in the year 1926. The original building was designed by Juan Arellano. Unfortunately, this building was destroyed during the “Liberation of Manila” at the end of the Second World War. Ironically, it is the Americans (the so-called liberators) who did the most damage in Manila at the end of the War. Their bombs destroyed most of the pre-War buildings including the post office building.
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Damaged Manila Central Post Office building after the World War 2 as viewed from Jones Bridge.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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Damaged Manila Central Post Office as viewed from MacArthur Bridge.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

These photos were taken after the Liberation of Manila (1945) by Private Glenn Eve of the US Military. You can visit this site to see other post-World War 2 photos of the Manila Central Post Office.

The Philippine Government rebuilt the post office building. The original design of the building was followed but some people say that the current post office building is a far cry from the design of Juan Arellano.
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The Postman in front of Manila Central Post Office.


The Postman is located right in front of the Manila Central Post Office building. This statue was erected in 1975 in honor of the employees of the Philippine Postal Service. The Postman serves as a symbol of service excellence that touched the lives of people across the country and around the whole world.
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Another view of The Post in front of Manila Central Post Office.


The central post office building now serves as the main office of Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost). This is where posts around the world are sorted before being sent to their respective destinations within the country. I am glad that our postal service is still alive in spite of being labeled as “snail mail”. The Manila Central Post Office building will continue to be maintained while PhilPost is alive.
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Front street of Manila Central Post Office.

P.S. Do you want to see what's inside the Manila Central Post Office? This music video features the post office building:



Beautiful video and music. :-) Thank you for pointing me to this video TinTin Sison.

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Do you experienced sending mail at the Manila Central Post Office? Or did you already visited their impressive neo-classical building? Tell us about your experience by leaving a comment on the combox below.

13 comments:

  1. Nice shots. pero parang haunted building hehe. Happy Halloween! m__(-_-)__m

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    1. Uy, hindi ito haunted buidling ano. Marami pang empleyado ang nagtatrabaho dito. Hehe.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the video! Ganda ng music!

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  3. nice good thing they manage to restore such wonderful structure

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    1. Yep. Buti talaga at na-restore nila yung design ni Juan Arellano.

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  4. Ganda ng design, neo classic at its finest.

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    1. Maganda talaga 'yan. Kaya lagi kong pinagmamasdan yan kapag nasa area ako n'yan. Sayang at wala pa akong SLR. Maraming details yung facade na magandang kuhanan ng photo.

      Salamat po sa pagbisita at pagkumento sa aking blog.

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  5. hala! buti nalng na restore yung building. ang ganda ng mga kuha mo.

    just me,
    www.phioxee.com

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  6. Gaya-gaya ka naman ng paboritong building sa Manila area. :)))) Naaaahhh.. kahit ako natatame sa tuwing dumadaan dyan. I don't know... ang ganda-ganda nya lang tas nung bata ako sabi ko "ang bobo ng gumawa nito. wrong spelling ung BUILDING." wahahahaha.

    I know you didn't use SLR taking those no? But your shots really look great Kuya Ish! :D

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    1. Gaya-gaya ka d'yan. :-P

      Talagang tameme ah. Kaya kang patahimikin ng isang building? Weh! Hehe.

      Salamat sa compliments. Nagmukha lang na maganda yung shots kasi maganda naman yung building. :-)

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