By Erma Edera
The National Museum has declared the Post Office Building in Manila as an “important cultural property” (ICP) during the 251st founding anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service on Saturday, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) said on Saturday.
Establishments declared as ICPs are “cultural assets that possess exceptional cultural, artistic and/or historical significance,” to the Philippines, PHLPost said in a statement.
The postal system in the Philippines started in 1767 in the first Manila Post Office in Escolta.
The Manila Central Post Office Building, the center of the Philippine postal services and the headquarters of then-Bureau of Posts, was completed in 1926. It was destroyed during World War II (1945) but was rebuilt in 1946, after the war.
The neo-classical Post Office building in the heart of Manila is located at Liwasang Bonifacio and was built by Filipino architects Juan Arellano and Tomas Mapua.
PHLPost also said the Philippine Postal and Philatelic Museum will also be added in the complex to house a historical archive of stamps that documents 250 years of postal heritage in the country.
The National Museum is mandated to declare ICPs or National Cultural Treasures, according to Republic Act (RA) 4846 or the Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act, RA 8492 or the National Museum Act of 1998, and RA 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.
The Post Office Building was considered as the grandest building during its time and is now considered as one of the dominating landmarks in Metro Manila.