Jose B. Laurel 100th birth anniversary stamp issue

Villa Paciencia , 515 S. Laurel Street corner Shaw Boulevard , Mandaluyong City , Metro Manila – Philippines

entrance arch

This estate which is located within Shaw boulevard in Mandaluyong City was originally built in 1957 by President Jose P. Laurel . The Laurel estate¬† is called Villa Paciencia in honor of the late President’s wife, Pacienca Hidalgo, the Shaw Boulevard house is the biggest of the three residences that Laurel built. The mansion is said to rushed in time for the arrival of the New Hampshire newspaper publisher, James Langley. Laurel and Langley headed a group that forged what would be known as the Laurel-Langley Agreement of 1956, which extended parity rights to Americans. When Langley came in 1957, Laurel hosted a luncheon in his honor at the mansion.

entrance of the Laurel mansion with 2 commemorative plaque to mark some historical events which happened in this house

The Laurel mansion in shaw boulevard¬† sits on 1,000 square meter property of a total 6,000 square meter lot which was formerly a cogon areas. ¬† He also built a house in Tanauan, which the Laurels consider their ancestral home, and another in Paco, Manila, called the Villa Pe√Īafrancia.

members of the Laurel clan, invited guests and Japanese ambassador to the Philippines

Now, beside it is presently being utilized as Senator Manny Villar’s campaign headquarters was bought in the later part of 2007  . Although this is not my first time to set foot inside the mansion, ( I used to work in an event company  nearby , hence was able to take a few snapshots of the facade few years ago )

tarpaulin poster is hung in front of the perimeter wall of the property

Development plan from the area

 Crown Asia Residence :

It will very soon be the site of a new condominium complex.  The plan is said to built 4  building  complex in which the old mansion will serve as a focal point of the project .

A few weeks ago , opportunity arose when Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head- Philatelic and Postage Department ) , Speaker  Laurel Foundation and  Villar Foundation  invited selected group of people , stamp enthusiasts,   the press for the stamp launching and an evening meal  at this house.

historical marker

Built in 1957, Villa Pacencia stood amidst grasslands by then former President Jose P. Laurel, President of the second Philippine Republic. He  used it as his official residence and as a political hub .

historical marker of President Sukarno stay in this house

The house had its share of distinguished guests; US Senator Brian Langley and Indonesia’s first President Sukarno, to name just a few.

The patio area was extended and used as a function place for the event

The place later came to be referred to as the ‚ÄúNacionalista Party house.‚Ä̬† It was at this residence where several of the country‚Äôs leaders and public officials were honed and produced.

Villar Foundation and Speaker Jose B. Laurel book

The  special function area can accommodate up to 300 people and is an ideal place to hold special functions like corporate meetings, weddings , debuts and political conventions.

L-R Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus ( stamp advisory committee member) Mrs. Linda Jandoc, Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head – Philatelic and Postage Department ) , Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Mrs. Lucy Aroajo , Mr. Romeo C. Ranjo ( APO Philatelic President 1991-1993)

When we toured the place, we went up the original spiral staircase, walked through the arched hallways, look up at its vaulted ceiling and inspected the original wood used when the house was constructed 55 years ago. According to one of the Laurel clan member, There used to be a  third storey ( watch tower ) where they would come and play whenever they would visit the old-house.

spiral stairways leading to the second floor of the house , a grand piano and a live flowering potted phalaenopsis hybrid orchid served as a flower arrangement

Its wide windows offer a view of the Japanese-inspired zen garden, live potted flowering orchid display  and fishpond . Several birds were gracefully gliding within this open space. This part of the house brought us back to a time long forgotten but there also was a room that looked modern.

current Postmaster General Mrs.  Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and former postmaster general Mr. Hector R. Villanueva  ( term 2006 to 2010) enjoying a light conversation

Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz in her key note address to the crowd present during the unveiling ceremonies

In her keynote speech in Filipino ” Kaya naman sa hangaring kilalanin ang kanyang naiambag sa kasaysayan ng pamamahala sa bansa , kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng kanyang ika-100 taon kaarawan , atin pong bubuksan ang mga selyong¬† pang-alaala o commemorative stamps para kay Speaker Pepito Laurel.

Ang mga selyong ito ay sisimbolo sa ipinamalas na kagitingan at kagalingan ni Speaker Laurel sa kanyang piniling larangan¬† ” .

Senator Manuel Villar ( President of Nacionalista party and Speaker Jose B. Laurel Foundation chairman of the board ) Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Ambassador  Jose Marario B. Laurel,  IV

Speaker Jose B. Laurel honored :

During President Corazon Aquino’s presidency, he was appointed to the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution. He is recognized as one of the co-authors of the “Filipino First” policy in the constitution. He died on March 11, 1998 at the age of 85.

Senator Manuel Villar, Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and Ambassador Jose Macario B. Laurel IV

ceremonial signing of First Day Issue of  Speaker Jose B. Laurel commemorative stamp

In his honor, Villar authored Senate Bill No. 1217 which seeks to name the strip of national highway connecting the towns of Talisay, Laurel and Agoncillo in Batangas as the “Speaker Jose B. Laurel Jr. Highway.”

website link :

Mr. Cocoy Laurel serenade the crowd after the unveiling ceremonies

Congresswoman Lally Laurel-Trinidad

I must commend the Vista Land, Jose B. Laurel Foundation , Senator Manuel Villar for preserving this historical house¬† with¬† its semi-restored condition, the winds of change would completely take over the mansion. Vista Land, known to be the biggest horizontal home developer in the country.¬† This house which is dubbed as¬† ‚ÄúThe Laurel House ‚Äď A Living Legacy.‚ÄĚ the leaflets¬† extols and details the rich history of this residence.

Technical Description of the Stamp :

Speaker Jose B. Laurel 100th birthday 1912-2012

Denominations and Quantity: Php 9.00   / 64,000 pieces

Date of Issue: August 27, 2012

Last date of Sale: August 26, 2013 (as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Lay out Artist: Victorino Serevo

Design Coordinators: Ambassador Jose Macario Laurel IV & Elenita D.L. San Diego

Design: Portrait of Speaker Jose B. Laurel, Jr. by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (National Museum of the Philippines)


Press kit from Philpost, Villar Foundation and Speaker Jose B. Laurel

Philippine Postal Corporation:


Philpost launches MetroBank ‚Äės 50th anniversary stamp

Philippine Postal Corporation, Main Lobby, Ermita, Manila ‚ÄďPhilippines

tarpaulin poster of Metro Bank’s 50th anniversary stamp launching at the Philippine Postal Corporation, compound in Liwasang Bonifacio , Manila

It was earlier this year, when I heard news about the on-going proposal for the issuance of the Metro Bank ‚Äės company‚Äôs golden anniversary commemorative stamp through the Philippine Postal Corporation ( Philpost ) . Mrs. Elenita San Diego (Philatelic and Postage Department head) and Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus (member of the stamp advisory committee) then invited me as a guest during one of the stamp advisory meeting consultation.

tarpaulin poster of the commemorative stamp launching were hung in the pillars of the Manila Central Post Office

Although it was not my first time to attend such advisory meetings . As a philatelist (stamp collector),  being invited in such a meeting is always been a privilege and an honor to meet the current stamp advisory board led by the enigmatic Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and board members of the stamp advisory committee.

Metro Bank’s commemorative stamps before the unveiling ceremony covered with blue cloth

Everyone is doing their job since there are various representatives from different government agencies like National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, National Historical Commission of the Philippines for historical validation, representative from stamp collecting clubs and other important people who can share their talent, wisdom and knowledge in the stamp design, marketing and public awareness.

Metro Bank’s Foundation board of directors and Metro Bank officials together with Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz ( Postmaster General ) at the lobby of the Philippine Postal Corporation

L-R Metrobank Foundation president -Aniceto Sobrepe√Īa (2005) , Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Mayor Alfredo S. Lim ( Manila ) and¬† Dr. George S.K. Ty¬† ( Metro Bank Group chairperson)

L-R Dr. Serena Diokno (chairperson – National Historical Commission of the the Philippines ) , Mr. Ceasar N. Sarino ( Philpost chairman and Postal Bank president ), Hon. Alfredo S. Lim (Mayor of Manila ), Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz (Postmaster General and CEO ), Dr. George S.K. Ty (Metro Bank’s group chairman ) Dr. Antonio S. Abacan, Jr. ( Metrobank group vice-chairman ) , Mr. Francisco C. Sabastian ( Metrobank vice- chairman and board of director ) , Mr. Fabian S. Dee ( Metrobank’s president ) and¬† Mr. Alfred¬† V. Ty ( president Federal Land Inc. ) partly hidden

History :

 Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank) founded in September 5, 1962 , has since become the premier universal bank and among the foremost financial institutions in the Philippines.  It offers a full range of banking and other financial products and services, including corporate, commercial and consumer banking, as well as credit card, remittances, leasing, investment banking and trust banking.  Metrobank currently spans a consolidated network of over 1,400 ATMs nationwide; over 760 domestic branches; and 38 foreign branches, subsidiaries, and representative offices.

The stamp collection traces back the roots and beginnings of Metrobank and into becoming the largest and premiere financial conglomerates today.

Mr. Fabian Dee

It is only rightful that we remember Metrobank’s journey as something personal to many of us who stood witness to how it all started . We dedicate these commemorative stamps to our stakeholders and the public , to whom we owe much the success of the institution ” expressed¬† Metrobank president Mr. Fabian Dee in his acceptance message .

Honorable Alfredo S. Lim

Metro Bank Foundation Incorporated :

Mr. George S. K. Ty  established on January 8, 1979 , sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, the Metrobank Foundation is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia.  As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. It also maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the disadvantaged. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS). It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Lecture established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions.

Postmaster General Mrs. Maria¬† Josefina Dela Cruz and Dr. George S.K. Ty (Metro Bank’s group -chairperson , during the autograph signing ceremonies at the Philpost main lobby , the First Day Cover will be kept at the Philippine Postal Museum and Library for posterity and archives of the event

Golden Anniversary Highlights:

First Day of Cover with 50th Anniversary of Metro Bank commemorative block of 4 stamps

One of the highlights of its 50th anniversary celebration this year, the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company ( Metrobank) unveiled to the public a collection of 4 commemorative stamps that chronicles the milestones in the bank’s history as symbolized by four significant structure built by the institution.

stamp advisory committee members, Philippine Philatelic Federation  headed by Mr. Robert Tan pose for a souvenir shots together with distinguished board members of Philpost and Metro Bank group of company

A sumptuous late morning meal was hosted by the Metrobank Foundation and Metrobank group of company 

stamp is from philpost website

Technical Description: Metrobank, 50th Anniversary

Kind of Issue: Commemorative

Denominations and Quantity: Php 7.00   / 140,000 pieces

Date of Issue: August 29, 2012

Last date of Sale: August 28, 2013 (as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Lay out Artist: Victorino Serevo

Design Coordinators: Metrobank Foundation, Inc. & Mrs.  Elenita San Diego

Designs: Provided by Metrobank

Stamp 1:  Wellington Building -Binondo Branch, 1963

Stamp 2: Metrobank Plaza, Senator Gil Puyat , Makati City 1977

Stamp 3: GT Tower, 217 meters ( 3rd tallest building in the country ) 2004

Stamp 4: Metrobank Plaza, Shanghai,

People’s Republic of China, 2007

Note: I would like to thank, Philpost , Metro Bank Foundation and  Metro Bank group of company for the invitation to the event.  Maraming Maraming Salamat po ! This is a heart breaking experience as this would be the last stamp launching to be held within the Philpost building compound before the conversion into a hotel .

Please visit the links for more information:

Federal Land Incorporated :

Metro Bank and Trust Company :

Metro Bank Foundation :

Philippine Postal Corporation:

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