The heart of the country's post-sorting and distribution station is Manila's Central Post Office, the head office of the Philippine Postal Corporation. Forget its salient function and it's understandable why the building is an eye catcher. Its neoclassical architecture was conceptualized by Juan M. Arellano and Tomas Mapua who designed and built the building in 1926. Though this was severely damaged during World War II, it didn't take long to rebuild it to its original glory. In fact, by 1946, it was proudly standing again.
|A "fu dragon" welcomes from one side of the bridge.
Yes, Manila was from the brilliant mind of a world class planner. More than an urban planner, Burnham always wanted to be a good man. He believed that "man should strive to be of service to others". He was also commissioned to plan Baguio City, thus Burnham Park was named after him. If Bacolod City's Provincial Capitol seems familiar, this is because it is Daniel Burnham's work.
This central office has been featured in several local movies because of its scenic facade. It's also one of my favorite places in old Manila, though I have never stepped on its grounds until the day I took these photos. In front of the building is a statue of Andres Bonifacio, a revolutionary hero who hailed from Tondo. He was a mason and a member of La Liga Filipina. He eventually founded the revolutionary movement KKK aka the Katipunan who fought against the Spaniards. He was called the Supremo.
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|Andres Bonifacio: The Supremo.