Old Manila Central Post Office to be brought “back to life”

Old Manila Central Post Office to be brought “back to life”

A group of architects and heritage experts signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to voluntarily provide architectural conservation, archeological, documentation and research assistance in the restoration of PHLPost’s old Manila Central Post Office.

On May 21, 2023 a massive accidental fire tore through Manila’s historic post office building overnight, slightly injuring seven people and gutting the landmark.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) in collaboration with the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc., will offer and contribute their collective historical, documentation and conservation expertise for the realization of the initial phase of restoration of one of the most significant architectural landmarks in the Philippines.

PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General (APMG) for Administration and Finance Atty. Lori Ann D. Atal representing Postmaster General Luis Carlos,  Ar. Carmelo T. Casas of Philippine Institute of Architects, Guild of Philippine Architects in Conservation Vice President Ar. Robert Benedict C. Hermoso, Archaeological & Heritage Co. CEO Victor J. Paz, UAP Bulacan-Del Pilar Chapter President Ar. Catherine U. Buenaluz, Pacific Paint (BOYSEN) Phils. Inc. Marketing Manager Vergel V. Dyoco, Casas Architects Design Architect Ar. Jose Maria Rafael C. Casas, Casas Architects IT Head Jerkins E. Canoy, PHLPost Engineering & Infrastructure Planning Division Chief Engr. Reynaldo D. Cadano and Conservation Consultant Ar. Joel Rico was present at the ceremonial signing held at the historic Manila Central Post Office Building.

The collaborative efforts between PHLPost and private entities are expected to boost the process of restoration of the iconic building by bringing in experts who will dedicate their time, energy and talent toward a worthy cause.

“We welcome your talents and expertise in the rehabilitation and conservation of the building which was heavily damaged by the recent fire. Your wholehearted support will help us rise from the ashes,”  said Assistant Postmaster General for Finance and Administration lawyer Lori Ann D. Atal.

For more about the refurbishment project and the Post Office’s unique history, see: https://postandparcel.info/154527/features/e-commerce-features/grand-designs-2/

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