Shanghai World Exposition : Commemorative stamps and coins

The Shanghai Philatelic Corporation has issued a set of Expo 2010 gold and silver commemorative stamps which feature the emblem and mascot for the 2010 event.

set of stamps issued by China Post :

The site of Shanghai Expo spans both sides of the Huangpu River between the Nan Pu Bridge and the Lupu Bridge., As the most important area of exhibition and landscapes, World Expo Centre, China Pavilion, Expo Performance Centre, Theme Pavilions, Expo Boulevard will be reserved permanently after Expo Shanghai.

World Expo Centre will serve as the center for ceremonies and conferences, press conferences and various forums during Expo Shanghai. China Pavilion is designed with the concept of “Oriental Crown”, which represents the Chinese wisdom of the urban development. Expo Performance Centre will serve for major performances and exhibiting activities during Expo Shanghai. The Theme Pavilions will be built with a theme of “City, Make Life Better”, The Expo Boulevard will act as the main axis for human traffic flow and sightseeing at the Expo Site during Expo Shanghai.

China National Philatelic Corporation  issued five FDCs and commemorative cancellations respectively..

The first two gold stamps of the set were issued on December 19, 2007, to mark the debut of Haibao. The others were issued on May 1 to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the Expo and embody the theme “China and Expo.” A total of 20,100 sets will be issued.

The stamps, depicting the Expo Center, China Pavilion, Performance Center, Theme Pavilion and Expo Boulevard, will be sold at post offices across China for the next six months.
Sales of silver stamps for Expo 2010’s China Pavilion have started.

A set of five World Expo stamps went on sale , with many stamp collectors queuing outside city post offices overnight to snap up the coveted commemorative.

commemorative set of coins on display

The series of 99.9% pure silver stamps feature four categories of 88 grams, 188g, 388g, and 688g, with in limited editions of 200,000, 10,000, 6,000 and 2,010 respectively.

Hai Bao the official mascot of the Shanghai World Exposition

The name of the mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is Hai Bao, which means the treasure of the sea. The name of Hai Bao is easy to remember, echoes with the color of its body and is a typical lucky name in Chinese tradition.

Hai Bao is the good well ambassador of Shanghai Expo. He is embracing friends from all over the world with his arms and confident smile.

Shanghai World Expo Commemorative Coins issued in 2010

The theme of Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life,” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development. In 1800, 2% of the global population lived in cities. In 1950, the figure raised to 29%, in 2000, almost half the world population moved into cities, and by 2010, as estimated by the United Nations, the urban population will account for 55% of the total human population.

The face of the stamps is watermarked with the design of “China Pavilion of Expo 2010,” while the back features lilies and bats, indicating the all-inclusive Shanghai spirit, harmonious Expo 2010 and blooming nation. All these products are marked with the World Expo anti-counterfeit labels.

The stamps are authorized by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, approved by China Post Group, produced by Shanghai Stamp Collection Corporation, and distributed by Expo 2010 franchise dealer Shanghai Chang Yu Investment Co Ltd.

commemorative coins issued in 2009 set 1

Products are available at all outlets of Shanghai Chang Yu Gold, Shanghai Old Temple Gold, designated outlets of the Bank of Communications and Shanghai Post Offices and Expo 2010 retail franchises.

commemorative  coins issued in 2009 set 2

There are different countries in the world which issued commemorative stamps, coins, postcards and other collectibles specifically to promote the event.

Website links:
http://en.expo2010.cn/
http://www.chinapost.com.cn/36/175/182/4152.html

Flora and Fauna of Manila Exhibit

There was an exhibit of various Flora and Fauna at the Manila City hall lobby  from June 18 to June 30, 2010.  This was to highlight the founding date of the city of Manila.

Mr. Jeremy Barns- Director IV- National Museum, Mr. Larry Henares  – National Museum Chairman , Hon. Alfredo S. Lim -Mayor of Manila, Ms. Gemma Cruz de Araneta – Manila Historical and Heritage Commission during the cutting of ribbon last June 18, 2010 .

Ideopsis juventa manillana, Moore 1883

This butterfly species was first described by Moore in 1883 . This dried taxonomic butterfly specimen was exhibited by the Philippines National Museum . The butterfly species had the word Manila .

Cinnamomum manillarum ( Lauaceae)

Fr. Manuel Blanco (1779-1837), who developed a botanical research garden at the church celebrating its 400th birthday today. Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas, first printed in 1837, has served as a guide to the islands’ plants ever since.

Fr. Blanco described Scyphiphora hydrophyllaces, locally known as nilad: a tree with white star-shaped flowers. He wrote, “Manila denotes a place where there are many of this tree and from this, great Manila derived its name.”

Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea (common names: nilad in Tagalog; chengam in Singapore and Peranakan communities of Malaysia) is a mangrove species  that is about 3 m (10 ft) tall.


It is often found in mangrove forests or sandy beaches. Its leaves are opposite. The leaf blades are broad and drop-shaped. Its terminal buds and young leaves are coated with a varnish -like substance. The flowers have four white lobes that are tinged in pink. They are arranged in dense clusters.

The fruits are elliptic and deeply ridged, becoming light brown and buoyant when ripe. Its dark brown wood can be used to craft small objects. Leaf extracts are known to be helpful for stomach aches. The flowers can be used as a cleansing or whitening laundry agent.

Capital city of the country ( Manila) , got its name from the nilad because the shores of Manila Bay are teeming with this shrub. The place was called “Maynila”, which means “There is nilad” or “Where is Nilad”  . The Capital city’s name   was also probably derived from the Indian – Sanskrit  word “nila” (नील) which means “indigo tree.” but still is subject for scholarly debate on the origin of the etymology.

Caprimulgus manillensis

The Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) is a species of nightjar   in the Caprimulgidae  family. It is considered as an endemic species found only in the Philippines.

Its natural habitats  are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

The aim of this exhibit was to create awareness that a significant number of plant and animal species that were named after the capital city of the Philippines which is ” Manila “.