Last Februry 21,2010 third sunday of the month, Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club hosted three simultaneous event.
Stamp collecting seminar poster on the lobby of the Philippine Postal Office
The first was the regular club’s monthly fellowship meeting were pertinent matters and auction was held . Another was the Free Postal Heritage Walking Tour in which about a dozen people had confirmed joining but somehow only 6 people managed to come . Maybe it was because of the intense summer heat that made some of the confirmed participants back-out on the last minute !
Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus and Mr. Dojie Luteria
Then, the Stamp Collecting Seminar which was handled by the education and information committee of the club led by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus , Mr. Dojie Luteria , Mrs. Josefina T. Cura . The stamp collecting seminar series was just planned in less than 3 -week period . This is one of the year’s opening salvo , One of the club’s main objectives is to reach out to those people who would like to start collecting stamps or in the intermediate collecting stage especially when the summer vacation is about to begin .
We arrived at around 12:20 p.m. at the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library located at 3rd Floor of the Security building within the compound of the Manila Central Post office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita , Manila.
The author received a short call from Mr. Tito Basa ( walking tour participant) and he told me that they are already waiting at the fountain area of the Liwasang Bonifacio . Immediately , i went down and met them at the fountain area.
statute of Graciano Lopez Jaena on the grounds of National Press Club
From the usual chit chat , I formally introduced myself to the tour group and the group proceeded to the monthly fellowship meeting, then to Manila Central Post Office to view the exhibits of Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo.
walking tour participants inside Manila Central Post office building
Group then proceeded to the National Press Club compound , Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument , Plaza Mexico , ruins of Intendencia ( Aduana ) then going back to the Postal Museum and Library .
Adolfo Lopez Mateos statute at Plaza Mexico ( Mexican President from 1958 to 1964)
Adolfo López Mateos (26 May 1909 – 22 September 1969) was a Mexican politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)who served as President of Mexico from 1958 to 1964. As president, he nationalized electric companies, created the National Commission for Free Textbooks (1959) and promoted the creation of prominent museums; such as the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City .
FDC commemorative stamp of state visit
During the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos made a State Visit to the Philippines from October 20th to 23rd of 1962 in response to the visit of Macapagal in 1960, who was Vice President at the time. 1964 was decreed the “Year of Philippine-Mexican Friendship” to celebrate the Fourth Centennial of the Expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
Manila Main Post Office columns
The pre-registered participants of the seminar slowly came and by around past 1:00 p.m. There were already over 30 participants in the seminar. The club initial target was just about 20 participants for the seminar since the publicity and preparations for the event was just done in a matter of barely 3- week period.
But in the final count , there were around 50 people who came to the seminar notwithstanding the usual family day period and braving heat of the summer.
Ms. Nena De Guzman gave an interesting discussion on the role of Philatelic Museum
The stamp collecting seminar event was highlighted by the inspirational talks of Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria, Mr. Archie Amara , Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo and Ms. Nena De Guzman .
Dr. Hemogenes Lorenzo gave one of the most interesting inspirational talk on his passion of stamp collecting and at the end of his talk raffled several rare Philippine stamps , First Day Cover , cash prize of P250.00 to two lucky participants of the seminar .
Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo
Handouts which included a stamp journal, stamp collecting primer, free stamps were given to the list of pre-registered participants of the seminar . The participants were also given free pencils and philatelic bulletins courtesy of PHILPOST thru Ms. Nena de Guzman while snacks were sponsored by the club’s officers Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria and Mrs. Josefina T. Cura .
Before the end of the successful seminar , the officer of the club announced that there will be another series of stamp collecting seminar before the end of summer.