I’m one of those old souls that finds enjoyment in doing things the old fashion way. Like sending letters with stamps pasted using my “laway” (saliva). With the letter goes a sample of not only my handwriting but also my DNA!
I remember accompanying my Nanay to Makati Post Office near where the Bombero’s (firefighters) HQ is located. The MPO is not far from where we used to live. We’ll just walk from Pasong Tamo, then Avenida Buendia. Its a quick 15 to 20 minute walk. In front of the PO are some mais (maize), nilagang mani (peanut), cigarrette, candy and Yakult vendors.
I was supposed to send two letters today using our local post office (Alabang) located on the second storey of the Alabang Public Market. One was bound to Dumangas, Iloilo. The other to Chile. The former, mostly pictures taken in Iloilo, was cheaper as it is local. The latter, a book, was not. I decided not to send it through our local post office. I’ll send it in Singapore instead since postal service is cheaper there. The only explanation I got why it cost too much (1500 pesos regular!) was that “malayo na masyado yan, sir” (Its too far, sir). Obviously it is far, but how come a package like that would cost less (around 500 petot) in expensive Singapur!
Well, it is what it is.
Post office use to be beautiful buildings with arches, balconies, shutters, statues and lofty interiors. The building in Manila (liwasang Bonifacio) is a testament to this – I wonder how long the national postal corporation would hold on to it.
Now, most of our local post offices are cramped spaces with inadequate ventilation and often times rude employees. Gone are the days when you look forward to your next post office visit.
Postal services around the world are facing tough economic challenges as well. Some say that the business is not not bringing in enough money like it used too. Well, that’s understandable, with so many alternatives now available to the public. Like the newspapers business, eventually, PO’s would one day become obsolete.