Cultural Properties Regulation Division
NATIONAL MUSEUM DECLARES MANILA POST OFFICE BUILDING AS IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY
The Philippine Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio in the City of Manila is now an Important Cultural Property (ICP).
The National Museum declared the neo-classical style structure as an ICP on November 23, 2018 during the ceremonial groundbreaking and exhibit of the Philippine Postal and Philatelic Museum.
On behalf of Director Jeremy R. Barns, Assistant Direct Angel P. Bautista led the public declaration and presentation of certificate to the Philippine Postal Corporation represented by Chairman Normal Fulgencio and Mr. Joel Otarra, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer.
“The Philippine Post Office Building, built by Juan Arrellano and Tomas Mapua, is an architectural marvel and a priceless legacy representing the people’s bygone era of builders and designers and possesses exceptional architectural, engineering, cultural and artistic significance reflective of the nation’s history and culture,” Bautista proclaimed.
Mr. Otarra, meanwhile, said that the declaration of the building as ICP is a proud moment for all postal workers in the country.
“This is a reminder for all of us to continuously serve our purpose for future generation,” Otarra added as he thanked all cultural agencies especially the National Museum for the recognition they received.
The declaration was witnessed by National Commission for Culture and the Arts Rico Pableo Jr., Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño, Department of Education Undersecretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo and other representatives from different government offices and private sectors.
The ICP recognition is given to cultural property with exceptional cultural, artistic, and /or historical significance to the Philippines, the second highest recognition to be given to a cultural property, next to National Cultural Treasures (NCT).