Where can I buy a postage stamp near Paco, Manila, Philippines? What stamps will I need to send it to the US?

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    I disagree with the vote to close this as 'price-shopping' - I don't think OP is asking for a specific shop to go to, but rather the general gist of how sending a postcard works in the Philippines. What type of stamp is needed for a postcard seems a perfectly reasonable travel question, and asking what it will cost isn't the same thing as price-shopping.
    – Chris H
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:05
  • and yes, "how do I send a postcard?" might sound obvious, but it's certainly something that can be extremely unintuitive for non-locals in some places. My wife and I were baffled in Barcelona when trying to get stamps. Eventually we asked somebody and discovered that if you want a stamp, you should head for your nearest tobacconist. Well obviously, why didn't we think of that?
    – Chris H
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:08
  • @ChrisH They don't specify where they want to send it to meaning it's too broad
    – Xnero
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:16
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    @Daniil yes they do. "How can I send the postcards to US?"
    – Chris H
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:17

I assume you want to use The Philippine's official postal service.

I looked up all their post offices in Manila and this was the closes to Paco:

Municipality : 2F Robinson's Otis, UN Avenue, Manila
Address : Robinson's Otis

The cost of a postcard to send to the USA is:

  • up to 20 grams: 24.00 ₱
  • 21-50 grams: 58.00 ₱
  • 51-100 grams: 80.00 ₱
  • 101-250 grams: 147.00 ₱
  • 251-500 grams: 258.00 ₱
  • 501-1000 grams: 481.00 ₱
  • Add-on per 500 grams after 100 grams: 258.00 ₱
  • Those seem to be the prices for "International Express Mail Service (Documents)". I'm no expert on the mail service of the Philippines, but I'd imagine that the "international ordinary mail service" would be a much more likely choice for sending a postcard. Prices for that service start at (and for a regular postcard won't go above) just 55 pesos, rather than the 1460 pesos (~25EUR) you've quoted here.
    – Chris H
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:48
  • @ChrisH Ah, so SAL mail?
    – Xnero
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:50
  • I was suggesting "international ordinary mail service", labelled as that on page 8 of the pdf you linked to, but actually yes the "Surface air lifted" option appears to be cheaper. Although I may be misunderstanding something, it seems very strange that sending books would be significantly cheaper (~2/3) than sending a letter in the same weight class.
    – Chris H
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:55
  • @ChrisH Agreed, I updated the answer for letter costs
    – Xnero
    Jun 26 '20 at 9:56

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