What if your international remittance arrives on a Sunday or worse on a holiday? What Western Union branch should you go to?
The best branch is Sanry's Money Changer and Western Union booth at Greenbelt 1 Mall Makati along Paseo de Roxas and Sanrys at ParkSquare (right beside Wendys Burger). They are open on Sundays and on holidays.
On Holy week, they are open until Holy Wednesday. They close shop for Holy Thursday and Good Friday and resume operations on Black Saturday and Easter Sunday. They are open during the Greenbelt mall hours.
During the Christmas season the branch is open all day on December 24. The December 25 schedule is half-day and during the afternoons mall-hours only. They resume regular all-day operations from 26-31st prior to New Year's Day.
For 2010, Sanrys Money Changer in Greenbelt 1 and ParkSquare (in front of Dusit Thani Hotel) were open during December 25. This is my personal experience only. As most payments come in time for Christmas, we spent Christmas day scouring the city for Western Union branches open for business. Your best bet is the business district like Makati and moneychangers like Sanrys which open for the OFWs, balikbayans and tourists. The Sanrys Moneychanger Greenbelt branch was open from 2pm to 6pm while the Park Square branch was open from 1pm-6pm last December 25. Expect the same money changer's schedule for New Year's Eve.