Thursday, March 6, 2014

This Rare Neoclassical Architecture

A few weeks ago, I needed to drop by the Post Office to claim an important parcel. I have been a silent admirer of the Philippine Postal Corporation's neoclassical architecture since I was 10 years old. It started when I became a member of the school's Philatelist Club. As part of our exposure trip, we were given a tour and orientation about the national organisation for stamp collectors. Fast forward now, it took me a decade to see this magnificent building again.  My workplace is a few blocks away from the Philippine Postal Corporation. Hence, everyday meant seeing this rare historical site.  I've wanted to take photos of the building but for some reason, it took me years to finally do it. Most photos were taken outside the premises of the building. I failed to take photos of the internal structure because there was an ongoing event. Let that become my personal mission on my next visit.


My not-so-perfect shot of the facade. The arriving passenger jeepney appears like an obstruction but I actually like it that way. It makes the photo more Filipino. 


A brief history of the Philippine Postal Corporation is found on the entrance. I have to mention that my Lolo (grandpa) is part of the corporation's history. According to Nanay, Lolo used to work here until he reached his retirement age.  

This is probably the main reason why I don't regret working in Manila. While my other friends prefer the more professional working atmosphere in Ayala and BGC, the sentimental fool in me finds something special about working in Manila. Much of what is written about the local history happened in Manila. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I haven't visited much of these local historical sites.  Count that as another mission for this year. :)


I thought that these towering columns were called as Doric. Turns out, this type of design is called Ionic. I learned that there are three types of columns namely, Ionic, Doric and Corinthian. You can learn more about the neoclassical columns here


I'm happy that even with the lesser revenue brought about by the convenience of email and shipping companies, the structure is still well maintained. 



The patterns of the floor tiles I can't understand haha but I learned to appreciate. 


This is classic elegance in architecture. The intricate details of the door's cornice is something you don't often encounter. This is rarely found in modern buildings. The floating lamp post complemented the overall neoclassical look. 


Except for the minor stains, everything is well maintained. 



If you have a chance to visit Manila, please include the Philippine Postal Corporation in your itinerary. Why not consider sending letters the old fashioned way? :) I also have to say that the employees of the Philippine Postal Corporation are way different from the stereotyped image of government employees. In the few times I need to do business with them, I experienced great and fast customer service. This is despite the fact that the most service areas are not equipped with air-conditioning units. 

5 comments :

  1. Fab post Diane! Your post office looks gorgeous. We don't have a real postoffice over here anymore, they are like shop in shops now, and located at supermarkets or pharmacies. And cool that you were a member of the Philatelist Club. Stamps from some countries are like small pieces of art.

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    1. Hi Marieken! I knew you were the first few who will appreciate this post. Thanks! In my country, each town has their own post offices. Although they are just satellite offices or branches. They don't look as grand as this central or main post office.

      PS Haven't visited your blog this week yet. I'm all messed up with a lot of unaccomplished works here. :( I'm looking forward to read your posts and beautiful photos.

      Have a great day!

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  2. Hi Diane!
    as you might know I'm always interested in architecture and your post office is a gorgeous example of neoclassical style! I'm sure it stands out among the modern buildings in Manila :)
    wishing you a very pleasant weekend - hope you get to relax!

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  3. I love your photos, Diane!

    Like you, I am genuinely awestruck every time I pass by or visit this PhilPost Office in Manila. And it's such a wonderful relief from looking at all the malls and condominiums around Manila, noh?




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  4. Wow I never noticed it has such beauty. Ionic columns really make any structure classical.

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