Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila
It was early August 2011 when the Philippine Philatelic Federation decided to hold a national stamp show that slated to be held to coincide the “ National Stamp Collecting “ month in November 2011. Early plans to hold the national stamp exhibition and competition was shove off for a later date was due to the following reasons: provincial stamp clubs must be properly informed and ample preparation must be made prior to the competition. FIAP and FIP rules strict rules must be properly disseminated to collectors. Much needed publicity, promotion and sponsorship is needed for the event.
Philpex 2012 poster layout
It was not until an informal meeting late November 2011 that plans was re-set for the January 24, 2012 date of the opening. This is Philippines most important and biggest stamp competition and exhibition. The winners of the national competition will have a slot for the FIP and FIAP international exhibition slated for 2012 and 2013 .
banner of the event sponsored by Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau
Much needed sponsorship came from YKL-Fuji Film (photography and documentation of the event), Office of the Postmaster General –Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz, Philatelic Department, Marketing and Administration Department of Philippine Postal Corporation, Medals and Trophies from Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Hon. Don Juan Bagatsing– Councilor of 4th district of Manila, Councilor – Majority Floor leader Hon. Honey Lacuna- Pangan, Senator Pia Cayetano , Hon. Maria Theresa B. Bonoan- David Congresswoman of the 4th district of Manila , Atty. Chudney – Ngo -Manila City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau ( for the banner and support during the duration of the event ), Dr. Ponciano Menguito– DEPED – Manila Superintendent, Mr. Jose Capistrano– Intramuros Administration Head , Saint Stephen High School , Far Eastern University , Polytechnic University of the Philippines among others which send large groups of students to view the exhibition.
poster of the event in front of the main post office
The ingress was slated on January 18 , 19 and 20 , 2012. 100 philatelic frames were exhibited at the lobby of Philippine Postal Corporation which represented the collections of members of various affiliated stamp clubs of Philippine Philatelic Federation from across the country. The opening of the exhibit was on January 24, 2012. This is one day after the Chinese- New Year.
Dragon dancers sponsored by a well-known insurance company in front of Post Office serves as a welcoming committee to passers-by
Likewise the author would also like to thanks all philatelists, coins, postcard and memorabilia collectors from different clubs and associations who went to the event.
Ms. Ma. Josefina Dela Cruz – Philpost postmaster general , Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta- Heritage Conservation Society Chairperson , Atty. Chudney Ngo- Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau , Mr. Jose Capistrano – Intramuros Administration Head
Special thanks to those people, bloggers and media friends who help in any way that they can to help support the event. Among them PTV channel 4, Tulay newspaper, World News, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, People’s Journal, Philippine Star, Manila Times, Buy and Sell newspaper, UNTV channel 37, ABS-CBN channel 2, GMA Kapuso channel 7, QTV channel 11, IBC channel 13 .
Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta throws the yellow ribbon to the on-lookers
Special mention to the staffs and crews of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho for featuring the event, Ms. Kara David and Mr. Howie Severino for featuring the event thru “ News to Go “ in QTV channel 11, Ms. Pia Archangel and Mr. Raffy Tima in “ Balitanghali ” and Mr. JP Soriano for the feature story about the event.
Mr. Robert Tan -President of the Philippines Philatelic Federation presented to Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta a token of appreciation a frame with 150th anniversary commemorative stamps of the birth of Dr. Jose Rizal
crowd and well wishers let Ms. Gemma Cruz -Araneta sign in autograph for posterity
Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz in welcome remarks
Postmaster general Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz being interviewed by television crew from IBC channel 13
the author and Ms.Linda Jandoc
group picture of student and principal of Saint Stephen High School together with Mr.Maria Josefina Dela Cruz ( Postmaster General ) Mr. Reynaldo Ong De Jesus , Mr. Dojie Lutera and Mr. Robert Tan