FILPEX 2010

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of the Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation , City of Manila on the occasion of its 15th anniversary held a stamp exhibition and competition  from December 2 to 17 , 2010 .

NBN channel 4 media guesting by the author last November 29, 2010 . The author was interviewed by Ms. Veronica  ” Nikki” Baluyot- Jimenez

The opening ceremonies took place at around past 10 :00 am with several distinguished guest of honors which included Mr. Alfredo Gabot – ( Chairman of the Board -Philpost Corporation ) ,  Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman – (Postmaster General -CESO 1 )  , Mrs. Elenita San Diego – (Postage and Philatelic Department ) , Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol – (Finance Department  ), Atty. Tetangco -personal representative of Mayor Alfredo Lim, Mr. Hans Becker from Luxemburg and International Philippine Philatelic Society correspondent  , Mr. Pio Rodriguez ,   Mr. Robert Tan -President ( Philippine Philatelic Federation) and  members of other philatelic organizations .

L-R Mr. Han Becker, Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol, Atty. Antonio De Guzman, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Robert Tan

Back : Mrs. Elenita San Diego , Mr. Lawrence Chan, Mrs. Elsie Loyola

The theme for this anniversary was “Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting.” This  exhibit is considered the much anticipated event of the year among Philatelists.

Chairman  Alfredo Gabot in his welcome address

Other partners included YKL Photo Company for the much needed documentation process , media partners like Studio 23, NBN channel 4, Buy and Sell Newspaper , Commuter Express, PINAS Sikat Newspaper,UNTV channel 37 , Philippine StarSonshine Radio and Television Channel 39 , Tulay fortnightly digestPhilpost media among others.

trophies , medals and token gifts for the winners and  guests of honor

Local politician which supported the event included the office of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim , Vice-Mayor Francisco ” Isko ” Moreno Domagoso , Congressman Trisha Bonoan- David( 4th district )  , Councilor Mrs.  Jocelyn Quintos ( 4th district ) , Councilor Don Juan Bagatsing ( 4th district) Minority Floor leader , Councilor Ms.  Maria Sheila ” Honey ” Lacuna – Pangan (4th district) Majority Floor leader , Barangay Chairman  403 zone 41 – Ms. Sonia L. Luyahan, Kagawad Don Pasetes among others.

Philatelic clubs like Filipino – Chinese Philatelic Society , Cebu Philatelic Society, Naga Philatelic Society , International Philippine Philatelic Society , Quezon Philatelic Society which allowed their members to actively participate in the event.

The planning stage for the exhibition started early on the first quarter of the year, but lack of philatelic exhibition frames and other minor problems  prompted the board to postpone the event for the last quarter of the year.

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion winner of GOLD for his exhibit  received the trophy

Organizing a stamp exhibit is not that easy , with few resources available,  a handful of volunteers, few sponsors ,  mounting an exhibit is a big task.

Mr. John Co received the vermiel trophy for his stamp exhibit entitled ” Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese”

Series of queries arouse , Like can we invite stamp collectors with adequate philatelic materials good enough for exhibition ? Do we have the budget for the event ? Where can we get support ? Will the media cover this event?  Is the security enough? Judging criteria ?  Will the the public come to the event ? Who will document the event?  those are some of the problems foreseen by some of the board members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Philippine Philatelic Federation.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala an avid collector of stamps from Quezon  received the vermiel award ” Youth Category ” for her stamp exhibit entitled ” Queen Elizabeth II “

Foreseeing the first problem , this anonymous person came to the rescue  . This person had already  took the bitter pills in painstaking  conceptualizing and to a big extent, funding  the metal frames intended for this event.

After all, without the frames , all the stamps collections from private collectors across the country cannot be exhibited properly.

L-R group picture with Mr.Pio Rodriguez ( Chairman- Judging Committee FILPEX 2010) , Mr. Robert Tan ( President – Philippine Philatelic Federation ) , Mr. Hans  Becker and Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman ( Postmaster General)

What was envisioned as a simple stamp exhibit became a reality  ,  The start of the mounting of stamps in the philatelic  board started 3rd week of November while judging took place on November 27 , 2010.

The original opening  date of the exhibit was further move to December 2, 2010 after some minor set backs.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala  posed for a souvenir photo at her exhibit ” Queen Elizabeth II ”

Some of the excited participants came early ,  Special mention to the family of  Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala, Mr. Abet Alcala who came all the way from Quezon province .

Mr. Allan Vergara winner of silver medal for his exhibit entitled ” Apocryphal Zoology” posed for a souvenir shot

The winners of the stamp competition was also announced during the event , eliciting admiration from the huge crowd which composed of collectors, students , Philpost employees and passersby .

Mr. Gerson Danseco from Quezon Philatelic Society received  a medal for his exhibit entitled  Dog’s – Man’s Best Friend which won a silver-bronze .


Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz of Naga Philatelic Society received several medals for her exhibits . She had entered 4 exhibits all of which won silver-bronzes

After the announcement of all the winners , as a token of gratitude to their unwavering support for the event  framed PNOY stamps each were given to Chairman Alfredo Gabot and Atty. Tetangco .

Atty. Tetangco (personal representative of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim)  received a  token framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan , Chairman Gabot, Atty. Antonio De Guzman

Chairman Alfredo Gabot received a framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan as a token of gratitude

A lunch buffet meal was served to the selected guests at the conference room courtesy of Mr. Robert Tan , where a book authored by Mrs. Mina Gabor ( Philippine Stamps ) was given by the Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion posed in his winning exhibit entitled  ” Philippine Telegraph ” . His exhibit is said to be worth millions of pesos

Group of students and teachers went on a field trip at the post office  during the exhibit opening

Ms. Eyesha Endar a correspondence from PNAS Sikat Newspaper interviewed Mr. Robert Tan

Ms. Zara Siera of Naga Philatelic Society won a bronze medal  for her exhibit ” Trees”

Several days later on December 6, 2010,  Hon. Secretary Herminio B.  Coloma Jr. (Presidential  Communication Office  ) went to the Philpost and was met by Mrs. Elenita San Diego, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Robert Tan and warmly received by Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

The author would like to thank all the people who help in making this event a huge success ! Until next time.

Here are the WINNERS:

A. Traditional Philately

Exhibit Title                                            Exhibitor                                         Award

1. Philippine Telegraphs             Mr. Emmanuel   Encarnacion       –   Gold

2. Postal System Under the Japanese  Occupation   Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus  – Large Vermiel

3. USPI  1898 to 1908                                  Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus   –  Large Vermiel

4. USPI Special Delivery 1901 to  1941    Mr. Dojie Lutera            –   Large Vermiel

5. Philippine Railway Mail Service 1900 to 1978     Mr. Dojie Lutera   – Vermiel

B. Thematic Philately

1. Philatelic Terms                                         Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus –     Vermiel

2. Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese        Mr. John Co   –   Vermiel

3. Apocryphal Zoology                                 Mr. Allan Vergara           –    Silver

4. Water Birds                                                   Ms. Paulina Calinawan    –    Silver

5. An Affair to Remember                            Mr. Dionisio Taeza         –   Silver- Bronze

6. Yes, They are Stamps                        Msgr. Ramon Tiama          –       Silver- Bronze

7. Welcome to the World Babe          Ms. Maria Lourdes Watiwat –  Silver- Bronze

8. Flowers                                                   Ms. Paulina Calinawan          –   Silver – Bronze

9. Joy to the World                                  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz            –    Silver – Bronze

10. Dogs- Man’s Best Friend                Mr. Gerson Danseco            –     Silver – Bronze

11. Democracy Lost, Democracy Restored  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz   –  Silver Bronze

12. Christianization of Bicolandia           Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz    –    Silver- Bronze

13. Trees                                                           Ms. Ma. Zarah C. Sierra    -Silver- Bronze

14. Dogs                                                            Ms.  Penafrancia Ruiz        – Silver – Bronze

15. Music Genre                                            Mr. Stanley Siu                    –  Silver- Bronze

16. Philippine Constitution                      Ms. Zeida Aurora B. Garfin  –  Bronze

17. Memoirs of PMA                                      Ms. Maria  Lourdes Watiwat       –  Bronze

C. Youth Philately

1.  Queen Elizabeth II                                  Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala        –  Vermiel

2.  Transportation on Land, Sea, Air             Ms. Jally D. Marquez                –  Silver- Bronze

3. Philatelic Forays Across the Curriculum Ms. Colie Marie D. Marquez  – Silver- Bronze

D. Guest Exhibitors

1. Spanish -Philippines Pre-Philatelic Period          Mr. Robert Tan

2. China -Pre- Philatelic Period                                    Mr. Robert Tan

3.  Maximaphilately ( Maximum cards)                   Mr. Hans Becker

4. Philippines 1935 to 1970                                          Mr. Hans Becker


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