POSTAL HERITAGE WALKING TOUR: Postal Museum and Library
Stamp Archives and Updates About Philately
Postal Museum and Philatelic Library
Footages from Postal Heritage Walking Tour August 2012
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Museums are often times regarded as well-guarded and safe-keepers of valuable entities, but Postal Museum and Philatelic Library sounds nostalgic, interesting and surprisingly the building is about to diminish from its existence.
The museum is situated at the 3rd floor of the 4-storey Postal Money Order Building inside the compound of Manila Central Post Office. We were told the 4th floor was already condemned and abandoned, hence when rainy days hops in, the roofing literally leaks water rain from atop down to the 3rd floor, where Postal Museum and Philatelic Library sets up a couple of basins to caught hold of the water coming from the top floor. Signs of the times, the building naturally looks devastated with wear and tear from the ceiling, wall interiors down to the carpet floors.
The good news, the staff and group of visitors are mindless of the situation, although they seriously concerned they don’t have the full control as to how to improve the the better days of postal service.
Postal Museum and Philatelic Library houses the vast collection of stamp’s benchmark from past to present era; it also displays the antique postal relics and documents. We jumped in for a small un-scheduled talk with Mr. Ray Ong de Jesus – a member of Stamp Advisory Committee. Where he shared insights about philately and the whole process of releasing a stamp from its design submission and endless meaning of creating a certain design and purpose. We were moved from his remarks about the postal services’ inside politics and present dilemma the bureau is facing just to survive from this technology driven age.
During the visit, we were able to witness the monthly meeting of a philately group: Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club. Stamp collectors for almost 40 years and still catching up with their vivid hobbies. At that time, bidding and exchanging of rare stamps is being held (every 3rd Sunday of the month) among the club members. There were also “for sale” stamps, paper money that could actually define as heritage. Looking back, it feels amazing that these people give so much importance to what have been a very useful tool of earlier days from postal service.
The Postal Museum and Philatelic Library and Manila Central Post Office will be transferring soon to their smaller castle. The heritage building will give way to cater the hotel industry, many wishers prayed that the Neo-classic architecture will retain its stature and fixed the internal problem of the compound.
“www.deiville.com would like to thank Mr. Lawrence Chan of Walk with Chan (tour guide) and Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club for the amazing photowalk.”
UPDATE as of April 2020: The walking tour is now headed by PHLPost in collaboration with FSCC – Postal Heritage Talks and Tour by the Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour
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