Don Peterson courtesy call to the Philpost officials

Business Processing Office , Manila Central Post Office ,Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita , Manila -Philippines

Mrs. Amelita Cunanan , Mr. Nemi Miranda and Mr. Don Peterson

Mr. Don Peterson started collecting stamps at the age of ten by the influence of an uncle who is an avid stamp collector . Don’s increased interest in stamp collection, soon earned him the presidency  through a merger of the  Stamp Collectors Club of Washington (founded 1927) and the Washington Philatelic Society (founded 1905). Then in 2006 , saw the  birth of the Washington Stamp Collectors’ Club in 2006.

L-R Mr. Nemi Miranda , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus , Mrs. Amelita Cunanan, Mr. Don Peterson , Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion , APMG-Operations Mama S, Lalanto al haj

Mr. Don and the rare few, were the founders of this noble organization and was honored to be its first president.

group picture with the rest of the stamp advisory committee members , Philpost officials and Philippine Philatelic Federation members

Aside from WSCB, He is an active member of many philatelic societies; One of such stamp clubs  is the  International Philippine Philatelic Society ( IPPS ) which was incorporated in 1974 .  The organization had an approximate  300 worldwide members  of stamp collectors ( philatelists ) who are serious in collecting Philippine issued stamps and even postcards.

L-R APMG-Operations Mama S. Lalanto al haj , Mr. Dojie Lutera, Ms. Franz Ruiz , Mrs. Elsie Loyola , Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Don Peterson ,  Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus and  National Historical Commission of the Philippines representative

Due to his vast stamp collection and expertise , He is an active member of the  American Philatelic Society and had garnered numerous award-winning exhibits  at both national  and international exhibitions .

L-R Mr. Dojie Lutera , Mr. Don Peterson and Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion

Spanish -Philippines issues

The Philippines is the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps, according to Mr. Peterson , There are two levels of difficulty which captivated his interest and they both formed the basis of his successful collection.

L-R Postmaster General- Hon. Maria Josefina dela Cruz, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mrs. Elsie Loyola , Ms. Franz Ruiz and Mr. Dojie Lutera

For his Spanish- Philippines collection, He received the position of an international authority on stamps and postal history. In his own right, He is a regular contributor  writer to several stamp magazines , IPPS journal and on-line sites . He has authored over three hundred philatelic articles on topics of the Spanish- Philippines era .

Postmaster General and CEO of the Philippine Postal Corporation – Honorable Maria Josefina dela Cruz and Mr. Don Peterson

One of the highly sought after book entitled, “Postal History of the Spanish Philippines”, 1556-1898, had won several  awards as an international philatelic literature.

During his courtesy call to the Philippine Postal Corporation officials led by Postmaster General and CEO Mrs.Maria Josefina dela Cruz , APMG Mama S. Lalanto al haj , Stamp Advisory Committee members and Philippine Philatelic Federation  members –   He likes Philippine stamps because of the simplicity of the designs and beautiful works of arts .

He also presented an IPPS Journal to Mrs. Maria Josefina dela Cruz during the courtesy call and was given an opportunity by the stamp advisory committee to speak some insights of his experiences in collecting Philippine stamps .  Mr. Peterson will be having a hectic schedule in his visit to the country. He will be visiting key cities like Cebu  City and Ozamiz  in Mindanao where he will be meeting old friends and acquaintance .

DC Stamp Club: http://www.dcstampclub.org/pdfs/WSCCnewsletter024.pdf

International Philippine Philatelic Society : http://www.theipps.info/sitemap.htm

Philippine Daily Inquirer: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/135391/hobbyists-offer-view-of-the-personal-plus-history-through-stamps

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