Pope Francis Stamp Design Contest Winners awarded by Philippine Postal Corporation

Muralla Room , Bayview Hotel, Intramuros, Manila -Philippines

L-R Mr. Mark Leo Maac , Mr. Don Bryan Micheal Bunag , Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz, Mr. Enrique Tagle , Mr. Dave Arjay Tan and Mr. Salvador Bañares Jr.

The Philippine Postal Corporation offers an exciting line-up scheduled to be released on 2015 for worldwide stamp collectors, memorabilia hunters and omnibous collectors .

For 2014 , some of the popular stamp issuance are Iglesia ni Cristo  100th anniversary , Pope John Paul canonization stamps , President Corazon Aquino paintings on scented papers and Miss World 2013 Megan Young stamps.

stamp design contest winners and their immediate family members

Mr. Don Bryan Micheal Bunag explaining his artwork design to a reporter of TV channel 5

Don Bryan Micheal Bunag hails from the old capital town of Bulakan, Bulacan  province . He is studying at the Bulacan State University . His art work  depicts Cardinal Tagle bowing down and Pope Francis . It appears that the Pope is listening to the problems and consoling manner.

Mr. Salvador Bañares Jr. received cash prize from Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

The highlight of the 2015 Philippine stamp calendar issuance are the several new technologies that PHLPOST will be using starting with the issuance of Pope Francis Visit stamps to be printed in 3D Embossing and Hot Foil Stamping Coinage Stamps. For people who are not familiar with these stamp issuance , They are already several issuance in other Asian countries like in Thailand or Malaysia .

Mr. Dave Arjay Tan is from Valenzuela City

Mr. Mack Leo Maac from Meycauayan , Bulacan also from Bulacan State University

Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and Mr. Enrique Tagle unveils a new  stamp bulletin / magazine called SELYO

Selyo magazine will be a quarterly publication of PHLPOST which can be useful for stamp collectors,  memorabilia collectors and students.  This magazine is a reminiscence of Philippine Philatelic Journal published in the mid-1960’s to the early 1980’s . It keeps stamp collectors updated with the recent issues, stories about stamps and collectors .

Phlpost also made a public unveiling ceremony of the 2014 Philippine Christmas stamps . The stamps are already available at the main post office starting last November 10, 2014 . I already bought several sheets of the Christmas 2014 stamps and  send some to my swap-mates from all over the world .

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marla Buhain Espiritu , Mr. Enrique Tagle and Mr. Marc Laurente for the invitation extended .

Here are some of the stamps issuance slated for 2015:


National Artist for Theater ( Centennial- January 3, 2015)

Valentines 2015- Forever in Love ( January 14, 2015)-* Valentines stamps are normally issued a month before the actual celebration – This is to give letter and stamp collectors enough time to mail the stamps

Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines ( January 15, 2015)

Philippine Iran Diplomatic Relations -50th anniversary ( January 22, 2015)

Philippines-Israel -Joint Commemorative Issue ( January 27, 2015 )


University of the Philippines – 100 Years of College of Dentistry ( February 2015)

Liceo de Cagayan University -60th anniversary diamond jubilee

Salud Tesoro ( Birth Centenary ) -February 6,2015

Philippine Economic Zone Authority 20th anniversary ( Metallic Printing )

Lamberto Abellana – National Artists for Theater and Film (Birth Centenary) -February 12, 2015)

PhilHealth 20th anniversary -February 14, 2015


Philippine Topical Stamp-Issue ” Philippine Popular Fruits”

First Quarter -Topical Issue-Insects featuring Tutubi ( Dragonflies) March 23,2015


450th Anniversary of the finding of the image of Santo Nino de Cebu

April 28,2015 -Commemorative Issue ( Tactile Velvet Finish )


National Heritage Month

Philippine Hibiscus ( Gumamela) Celebrities and Famous Personalities named after Hibiscus hybrids bred by plant breeders from University of the Philippines, Los Banos- Laguna

Emilio ” ABE” Aguilar – ( Birth Centenary)- May 22, 2015


Ateneo de Naga University -75th anniversary ( June 4, 2015 )

Second Quarter  Topical Issue -Sarangola /  Philippine Kites   ( June 24, 2015)


President Corazon Aquino Paintings ( Series 2) August 1, 2015

* Due to the overwhelming public response , Phlpost will be issuing a second series will be printed ( These will be from a different set of paintings )

ASEAN Community 2015 -August 8, 2015


N.V.M Gonzales – National Artist for Literature ( Birth Centenary)- September 8, 2015

Philippines-Poland ( 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations) -September 22, 2015

THIRD QUARTER- Topical Issue

Featuring- Jellyfishes ( September 22, 2015 ) Special Issue -Thermochromic Ink Printing

*There is a color change when the paper is expose to different temperature

San Miguel Corporation 125th anniversary -September 28, 2015


Manuel Conde National Artist for Cinema ( Birth Centenary ) October 15, 2015

November  and December

National Stamp Collecting Month ( November 2015)

Peel-Off Sticker Stamp -featuring stamp collecting process ( November 10, 2015 )* This is a worldwide trend that stamps are like stickers which can be easily peeled-off.

FOURTH Quarter Topical Stamp Issue- Philippine Wildlife -( November  11, 2015 )

Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2015

November 2015 -Special Issuance

* Note- Stamp collectors from the APEC member countries will be looking forward to this special stamp issuance to commemorate the Philippines Second -time hosting of the APEC – The last one was held in 1996 Subic Bay during the incumbency of then President Fidel V. Ramos

Pasko 2015 -Christmas 2015-Bridges Foundation Artwork -November 2015  ( Special Issue)

2016 Year of the Monkey -December 1, 2015 ( Special Issue)

Other Upcoming Issuance for 2015

* San Pablo City -75th Anniversary

* Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo -150th anniversary

* Romblon State University -100years

* 2015 Visit Philippines Stamp -in cooperation with the Department of Tourism

Philippine Festival Mask on Stamps Launching in Angono, Rizal

SM ANGONO, Rizal province-Philippines

Philippine Postal Corporation in partnership with SM Angono, Angono government officials, Mr. Nemesio ” NEMI” Miranda , the Angono artists circle and local PNP officials .  Special guests also includes Mr. Theo Arnold of JAV Talent Unlimited Foundation and  Ms. Elizabeth Victoria of Bravo Filipino magazine were also present.

The event was hosted by Ms. Carina Jardin – She is also an artist and collects postcards and stamps .  The public were personally “welcomed ” by Mr. Benny Granados -Assistant Administration Manager of SM Angono and special guest of honor was   Honorable Gerardo V. Calderon ( Mayor of Angono )  and  program host of Lakbayin ang Magandang Pilipinas every Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00am at PTV channel 4 (  government station ) .

Assistant Post Master General for Marketing – Mr. Luis Carlos of Philippine Postal Corporation represented Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz during the stamp unveiling ceremony

Featured in the Philippine Festival Masks are the Moriones Festival in Marinduque; Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal; Tacloban’s Pintados Festival and Bacolod ‘s Masskara Festival

The Moriones stamps, designed by PhlPost in-house layout artist Mr. Jose Antonio Jayme, feature a mask of a biblical Roman soldier as interpreted by local folks.

ceremonial signing of autographs on the first day covers

A ceremonial autograph signing was held and a framed stamps and first day cover set were given to the special guests of honor.

 higante face was featured on the festival mask

The body of the traditional higante (giant) made of bamboo, colorful clothes and a face made of paper mache is depicted in the Higantes stamps designed by Mr. Nemesio Miranda. The Pintados stamps were designed by well-known photographer Mr. Donald Tapan.


Ms. Coline Grande and Mr. BJ ” Tolits ” Forbes

We met Mr. BJ ” Tolits’ Forbes at the stamp launching , His career started  in 2005  when he joined a contest  of a popular noontime show EAT Bulaga’s ( That’s My Boy) and his big break came from TIDE . He hails from the nearby town of Morong and is also a self-respected artist .

Masskara festival souvenir stamp

PhlPost printed about 5,000 copies of the special limited edition of the colorful Masskara souvenir sheet stamps designed by Mr. Antonio Carranza Jr. It will be sold at P100 each. The masskara stamp had special glitter and had special embossing as special feature.

About 120,000 copies of the three other festival stamps were printed and will be sold at P10 each. According to APMG for marketing Mr. Luis Carlos , These festival masks on stamp issuance will be available at the Angono Post Office and other major post offices nationwide.

Technical Description of the Stamps

10p x 3, Se-tenant Strips of 3, MS12;  100p Souvenir Sheet

2015 International Gamefowl Festival and World Slasher Cup at the Smart Araneta Center

organizers , sponsors and partners of the event

Green Gate Lobby , Araneta Coliseum , Cubao- Quezon City , Philippines The organizers of the 2015 International Game Fowl Festival and World Slasher Cup,  It is 2-in 1 event . These events will be held under one venue which is at  the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Cubao , Quezon City . It is one of the biggest anticipated event to be hosted in the country . In the Philippines, The game fowl industry is more than 50- Billion peso industry , This was according to the organizers of the exposition and industry experts. They are expecting several industry players like feed companies, suppliers , game fowl breeders and cockfighting enthusiasts to be present at the exposition.

press conference

The 2015 International Game Fowl Festival  original venue was at the SMX Convention Center but the organizers felt that it would be better to find more ideal location . During the 2014 World Cockfighting Festival held at the SMX Convention Center , The organizers received over 8,000 visitors at the exposition site. For the 2015 edition, They are expecting at least close to 10,000 or more attendees. The event will be held from  January 21 up to 23, 2015 World Slasher Cup 2015 is regarded as the “Olympics of Cockfighting”  and undoubtedly the most prestigious cockfighting event in the world ! They are expecting big time foreign cockfighting gurus and trainers to come to the big event . “The continuous holding of the World Slasher Cup is our commitment to the country’s gamefowl industry and the coming in of the International Gamefowl Festival  will complete the equation,” said Atty. Allan Gabor -Araneta Center’s officer in charge. The World Slasher Cup scheduled on January 24 until February 2, 2015,  promises to please all cockfighting enthusiasts especially now that it is being held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the big dome and home of the World Slasher Cup, where Philippine cocking history have been written for more than 50- years since the first slasher cup was held in 1962.


Mr. Nick Crisostomo of the Pambansang Federation ng Gamefowl Breeders, Adrian Concepcion of Sabong TV, Wilvin Sy of Cockfights magazine, Mr. Lando Luzong of Sabong Sports Group, Arkhon Antolin of Sabong News, Francis Ong of Thunderbird, Jun Jamandores of Fighting Cock magazine, Gines Enriquez of World Slasher Cup, Atty. Rery Directo of NFGB, Pachie Cruz of Sabong Star Magazine, Havy Bagatsing of Sabong Nation, Dr. Jose Lazaro and Delbert Coligado of Black Rooster Inc. Atty. Alan Gabor of the Araneta Center was also there for a brief statement. What is nice about the World Game Fowl Festival is that exotic and fancy chicken breeders will also have a chance to sell and exhibit their prize winning breeds during the exposition. Mr. Francis Jhames Ong  of Thunderbird said He is giving his all-out support to the double event which is also an advocacy and cause-oriented endeavor as part of the proceeds from the entrance fees  will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross and a medical missions to be conducted  in Mindanao where mostly affected are displaced Muslim and Christian brothers by armed conflicts and disputes. In the 2014 edition of the World Game fowl Exposition and World Slasher Cup,  the  beneficiaries  were the super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Samar and Leyte where almost 28 medical missions are conducted in the  calamity stricken part of the Philippines according to Mr. Lando Luzong of Sabong Sports Group.

2nd Stamp Collector’s Night at Manila Central Post Office

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita , Manila-Philippines

L-R Mr. Ceasar Sarino, Mr. Willard Cheng , Senator Grace Poe -Llamanzares and Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

November is traditionally celebrated all over the country as ” National Stamp Collectors’ Month ” It is a time where stamp , letter and postcard collectors celebrate the entire month on the big role that Philippine Postal Corporation is playing .  Stamp issuance which promotes art, culture, history , events, flora, fauna and other related events.

Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby

During the 1950’s to 1960’s,1970’s , 1980’s and even up to the early part of the millennium,  different stamp clubs would have a lot of activities held to commemorate the event. There are lectures, stamp competitions, exhibitions , guided tours and swap meets where young and old collectors share their passion.

Quezon Philatelic Society members

I would remember attending events hosted by different stamp clubs – years ago and stamp collectors would be very busy sharing their stamp collections to the public.  Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos declares the month of November as National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM). President Fidel V. Ramos is an avid stamp collector and started collecting stamps during his teens.  Thus he was one of the special guests of honor during last year’s celebration. In a Presidential Decree 490 during the time of President Marcos – He proclaimed November 24 to 30, 1968 as National Philatelic Week.

Mr. Carlos Co and Engineer Ranjo

Here are some of the events that Philippine Postal Corporation will be doing for the entire month:

Pope Francis traveling exhibit with mysteries of the rosary- each beads contain a religious stamps or an event related to a religious event.

However missing in the beads are the 1937 Eucharistic Congress commemorative stamps

Pope John Paul 2 exhibit

Among all the current Popes, Pope John Paul 2 had probably the most number of stamp issuance in almost all post offices in the world. Philippine Postal Corporation had issued several Pope John Paul 2 stamps .

Traveling Exhibits:

With this year’s celebration carrying the theme “PHLPost: Going Beyond Tradition,” highlights of the occasion include the opening of the Papal Exhibit Preview of Pope Francis Souvenir sheet to be held at the Manila Central Post Office (November 10 to 14), Manila Cathedral (November 17 to 21), University of Santos Tomas (November 24 to 28). The exhibit showcase the stamps issues which commemorates Papal Visits to the country.

Stamp Launching:

There are several stamps which will be issued by the corporation this month, This includes 2014 Christmas stamps,On November 7 and 8, respectively, will be the launching and presentation of Waterfalls Stamps, in Tinuy-an Bislig City, Surigao del Sur,  Tindog stamp to commemorate and thank the local and international community  with their help during last year’s Typhoon Haiyan aka Yolanda destruction in Visayas region.

ASEAN stamp design contest winners

The First Place – Mr. Arnaldo C. Ramirez  Jr. of Laguna , Second Place – Mr. Rommer Fajardo from Imus , Cavite and Third Place – Mr. Fangon Tadeo IV of Bustos, Bulacan

First Place Winner- ASEAN Stamp Design contest

The winners of the ASEAN stamp design contest will have a chance to have their winning featured in the stamps- They also got Php 5,000 cash, Php 3,000 and Php 2,000 plus a certificate

First Place Winner- Pope Francis stamp

Unveiling ceremonies of the winners of ASEAN stamp design contest “One Asean Stamp Design Contest (winning design will be sent to Thailand as the Philippine Official Entry to the “Joint Issue of ASEAN Community Commemorative Stamp”), Pope Francis commemorative stamps to be issued by January 2015 . There are 4 winners – 2 professionals and 2 amateurs/ students

unveiling of the 160th anniversary commemorative stamp( FIRST STAMP of the Philippines -Queen Isabel 2 )

closer-view of the commemorative stamps and souvenir sheet

The 160th anniversary commemorative stamp of the FIRST Philippine stamp issued in 1854. It seems that all the stamps issuance would keep stamp collectors very busy collecting them for a while.  I will try to elaborate of these different stamp issuance in my upcoming posts and articles.


Philippine Postal Corporation will be issuing  a brand new Postal ID system with brand new security features . It can also be used to apply for other government IDs. There are scheduled traveling dates in which the public can apply at their regional post offices.   We hope that this brand new security features does not include the increase of the application rates.

Letter Writing Contests:

There will also be the letter writing contest “Salamat Po Letter –Writing Caravan” for elementary and high school students from all over the country.

Partners’ Night:

This is like an appreciation night for all the business partners , suppliers and corporate customers that the corporation is handling.

Stamp Collectors’ Night:

Ms. Elvira Yap Go

Ms. Elvira Yap-Go- President, AnakTV Foundation, Chairman Promotion and Publicity, 51st International Eucharistic Congress  was also there during the stamp collectors’ night. She had a weekly program on NBN channel 4 and the chairperson of the  Columbia International Food Products, Inc (makers of Potchi candy) . The candy corporation was established in 1937.  I had a privilege of chatting with her and she gladly signed an autograph .

Website: http://iec2016.ph/the-official-logo-of-the-51st-international-eucharistic-congress/

Quezon Philatelic Society members,    together with Mr. Willard Cheng and DZMM Sky patroller  Mr. Ricky Velasco and  Mr. Dionne Taeza from Cavite ( far right )

I am quite fortunate to be one of the several stamp collectors invited by to the collectors’ night.   I have seen a lot of familiar faces and well-known personalities during the event.  The biggest contingent was from Quezon Philatelic Society headed by Mr. Stanley Siu which traveled more than 4 hours from Quezon province.

Mr. Willard Cheng was also given a token of appreciation by PHLPOST for being a stamp ambassador and his promotion of the hobby. He is an ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter and have been collecting stamps since he was 8 years-old.  I have met him on several occasions when he was still a student and if my calculation is right , He must been a stamp collector for at least 20 years!

ceremonial autograph signing

Mr. Willard Cheng , Mr. Ricky Velasco and the author

Mr. Ricky Velasco is another ABS-CBN channel 2 ,DZMM reporter and sky-patroller .  When i was holding a postcard of Tacloban , Leyte with some stamps , He told me that his daughter is also a stamp and a postcard collector , I quickly asked her name and i told him that we belong to the same facebook community page which collect , exchange and swap postcards .

Mr. Marc Christian Paul Ison being interviewed by a local television station

I have again met some younger stamp collectors like Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza and his student which eventually became a stamp collector, another is Mr. Marc Christian Paul Ison which also actively promotes philately to his students and amateur stamp collectors.

 stamp collectors and PHLPOST employees quickly take the opportunity to let Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares signed an autograph

Related link to last year’s Stamp Collector’s Night: http://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/stamp-collectors-night-at-the-manila-central-post-office/

Note: Stamp Collectors’ Night is not just one day affair to remember, BUT this is a year-long commitment.  PHLPOST role is not just to cater the local stamp community but  the entire world.  There are still BIG shoes to fit- in and there are still some problems that needed to be address properly .

The Festival of Cactus , Bonsai and Ikenobo 2014

poster of the event

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Incorporated, Ikebono Association of the Philippines Incorporated in cooperation with the Quezon City government presents to the public the 2014 show.

The event will be held from November 13 to November 23, 2014 at the amphitheater area, within Quezon Memorial Circle. The show also coincide with the 75th  founding anniversary  of the city.

Overall chairperson of the show  is Ms. Dorie S. Bernabe with Ms. Letty Ligon as co-chair.

Aside from the regular exhibits and competition , there will be a flea market bazaar area, where one can buy plants and materials.

Los Baños Horticulture Society 2014 Mid-Year Show

Los Baños Horticulture Society  will be having a plant sale and exhibit from Oct 10-19, 2014 at the Seniors’ Social Garden,In University of the Philippines ,Los Baños in Laguna province  . The show will feature fruit trees and many other ornamental plants.

Seedless Dwarf Ambarella

photo courtesy : Dr. Roberto Coronel

Ambarella or hevi (Spondias cytherea), a native of Polynesia, is a large tree botanically related to the red mombin or siniguelas. This photo is from the RC Fruit Conservation Farm in Calauan, Laguna. A potted fruiting tree of the seeded strain will be on exhibit at the Flower and Garden Show .

special lecture

There will be a special lecture about propagating fruit plants in home and garden by Dr. Roberto E. Coronel , Mr. Bayani Mendones ( Farm Manager ) RC Farm on October 18, 2014.  There will be an attendance raffle after the lecture .

Aside from the plant , landscape competition, there will be bazaars and plant stalls . There is a minimal entrance fee of Php 30 and Php 20 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s . See you at the Show!

Collecticon 2014- Top 5 Reasons to Visit

SM Megamall – Megatrade Hall # 3 , Mandalyong City , Philippines

 SM Mega Trade Hall # 3

Collecticon 2014 in partnership with SM Megamall , its sponsors and media partners had once again staged its event at Mega Trade Hall # 3 .  The event used to be held at the Robinson’s Place Midtown- Ermita in Manila for several years , until a change of schedule to give way to a moon cake event prompted  the organizers  to look for an alternative venue .

 1/4 scale model of spider man

There is an entrance fee of Php 100 for the general public , A raffle stub will be given and a chance to win a spider man figurine to be raffled-off at the end of the 2- day  event.  We decided not to enter our raffle stubs just to give some chances to others ,   It is our own small way to help the show.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Visit :

Mr. Ronald Tan is a comic artist

5.) Comic and Book Artist Meet and Greet

There are over 2 dozen comic artists and illustrators that were present during the event. I saw some friends like Mr. Henry ” Pogi ” Chua and Mr. Dennis Kho during the convention.  We also took some time in strolling around the exhibit , commercial booth , stage and food area.

“Search for Weng Weng” comic

Mr. Henry Chua bought some comics and had a chance to let Mr. Ronald Tan signed an autograph .  Mr. Henry is a also a blogger , a comic book, toy , poster and stamp collector.  He bought a couple of comic books, some posters,  batmobile , a coke van and toy figurine at the site. While it took me some time in choosing a couple of hot wheels die- cast toy  .

BIG J Sausages

Mr. Henry treated me a at the Big J sausage booth . They have Ilocos longganisa , Boston Franks and combo meal package

4.) Retro Toys

One reason to visit the event to to find some retro or vintage toy for SALE. A lot of them are already considered as Collector’s Item .  There are also some booth selling toy spare parts.

3.) Meet and Greet Doraemon

We were able to see some anime characters like Doraemon and his friends Nobita Nobi performed during the exhibition. There are the usual ” Bring ME” contest which entice participants of the show to bring a 1 peso coin, a new generation Php 1,000 bill , a poster .

Doreamon booth

Some of the lucky winners get a chance to win some Doraemon stuff toys, posters and among other items.

There is also the usual on-the spot auction , K pop sing and dance , cosplay and forum style question and answer , gundam toy kit assemble contest, photo booth and on-the spot raffles.

2.) Toy Collections and Exhibits

Transformer Pinoy Collectors

Transformer Pinoy Collectors is a group of Filipino toy collectors that specialize their collection to Transformers.


The Simpsons characters on display

The Simpson is a popular television char cater created by Mr. Matthew AbramMattGroening . Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast over 550 episode   and its 25th season began on September 30, 2013. The Simpsons is the longest -running  American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke  as the longest-running American scripted prime-time television series.

Revenge of the Toys – The Simpson’s collection

The Simpson’s figurine toy collection is owned by Mr. Benz / Bjie

1.) Superman vs Batman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Superman and Batman. At least there are some sort of a teaser .

Note: I am expecting that there will be more improvements in the upcoming Collecticon 2015 . There is not much publicity going around ,  traditional and even in the social media . If it was not for my friends joining the commercial exhibits , cosplays and exhibits . I will be totally clueless  .  The upside is that with fewer people bumping and shoving around , It made us easier to buy toys and merchandise items that we like.  It was like a leisurely walk in the park . I would still prefer the old venue , there are more cosplayers and more people attending . I am  pretty sure that commercial stall tenants have reported brisk sales at the old site .