Gathered at the Liwasang Bonifacio, the tour started with a short lecture by our guide, Sir Lawrence Chan, Vice President of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club. It is then followed by a short introduction of each participant.
Liwasang Bonifacio was formerly known as Plaza Lawton. It was renamed after Andres Bonifacio, whose bronze statue is standing in front of the post office.
A little background about the Club and the tour:
The club was formed in 1994 and the country’s premier group for beginners and seasoned philatelist (or simply stamp collectors). Amid the advancement of communication and slowly forgotten snail mails and telegraph (yes, there are people who still use this), the club actively promotes stamp collecting in the country through various projects and awareness campaigns such as this walking tour, seminars and exhibits.
The Postal Heritage Walking Tour is organized every third Sunday of the month for free, no strings attached. Every walking tour is different from one another, except going to the Manila Central Post Office and Metropolitan Theater. The participants decided how fast or slow the tour will go, to cover more places if they wished to.
Before going inside the Manila Central Post Office, we took a group photo in front of Bonifacio’s statue. Pardon me if I don’t have a copy, I haven’t seen it tagged in the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club page. I do have photos of the plaza.
Next stop I’ll take you to a virtual tour of the Manila Central Post Office and the world of Philately. 🙂
Such a very informative post. I love looking back at our heritage. Ang sarap balikan nung mga nangyari noon. I hope Filipinos will preserve this place para mawitness din ng mga susunod na henerasyon.
Thank you! I hope that this post somehow took part in that ‘preservation’ and informing future generations.
Afaik, the Metropolitan Theater is under renovation. The Philpost/postal office on the other hand will be converted to a six-star hotel though 🙁
Beautiful place in the urban Metropolitan Manila.
Even if I wasn’t able to take pictures inside the Metropolitan Theater (if you were able to drop by the other parts of the series), I wish they preserve/take care of these places 🙂
Thanks to your blog as though I’m residing in Manila, I haven’t visited Liwasang Bonifacio and the post office.
If you have free time on the 17th this month, I could sign you up for a slot on this month’s tour. Just msg me your name and mobile # 🙂
wish i could also do that tour very interesting!
Tara! If you want, I can reserve you a slot for this month’s tour. That will be happening on the 17th, 3rd sunday of the month. Just msg me your name and mobile # on facebook 🙂
Checked all your posts… I think I was there too! Haven’t blogged about it though.
Batch April 2012? Cool 🙂
I’ll be joining again this month =)
Though u only posted 3 photos– i could tell that the place is very green ang daming puno… it must be refreshing to walk around inside–
I actually had a couple of more shots but decided to use these three lang. Yes, madaming puno. Sarap umupo lang on one of the benches when it’s too warm pa 🙂
One of the saddest part in my life is not exploring Manila. I don’t know why. With might this soon.
If you’re free you can join this month’s tour. Just give me your full name and mobile. If not, I can reserve you for next month’s tour 🙂
Will browse through your heritage tour and consider some on my itinerary when i come back to Manila. 😀
Thank you! The tour is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. I recommend it that you join this month or next month, as the talks of converting the post office into a six-star hotel is in the horizon already. 🙁
Hindi ko pa naeexplore Manila. 🙁 Thanks for the informative post. 🙂
hehe, sali ka po sa tour next month. puno na yung for this month, sayang. you’re welcome! 🙂
Great to know! I would love to attend one of the tours.
Sign up for next month’s tour! so you can secure a slot. Overbooked n kasi this month. 🙂
Ive never been here.. hmmm! you gave me an idea..
lightbulb moment! hahaha! 🙂
Cool! Sign up for next month’s tour as early as now so you can secure a slot 🙂
It falls every 3rd Sunday of the month 😉
I always hear this place but unfortunately,
I haven’t set my feet on the historic park.
I just hope I can take a tour as well,
of course with my kids.
You can sign up for July 2012 walking tour. Message me if you want to know the details 🙂