The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has released special postage stamps to commemorate China Bank’s centennial, featuring the China Bank building in Binondo, Manila.
Built in 1924, the building was recognized by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Museum with historical markers. The latter also declared it an important cultural property.
Only 30,000 pieces of the limited-edition commemorative stamps were printed by PHLPost in P12 denomination, available since December 2020 at the Philatelic Counter of the Central Post Office in Manila and at Area Post Offices nationwide.
The stamps will also be part of the Bank’s corporate gifts this year and will come in specially designed folders.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic which caused some delays due to the quarantine restrictions, the China Bank building in Binondo is now almost fully restored.
Restoration commenced in 2019 as the centerpiece of the Bank’s centennial celebration in 2020 and its contribution to Manila's renewal. A true restoration that not only sought to restore the building to its original architecture, but to also make it more resilient and energy efficient, the project is on track to be completed by the end of the year.