Rodolfo ” DOLPHY” Vera Quizon Sr. souvenir stamp on SALE at the Philpost

Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita, Manila

 

dolphy-handogMang DOLPHY

Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr.,  (July 25, 1928 – July 10, 2012), known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay (1944) He is widely regarded as the country’s King of Comedy for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies.

Dolphy FDC with cancellationPhp 100 DOLPHY  special stamp in first day cover

 He was born in Calle Hererra (now P. Herrera St.) His father was Melencio E. Quizon, a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon, Sr. and Adorable “Salud” Quizon (née Espinosa). His mother was Salud V. Quizon (née Vera), the daughter of Maximo Vera and Ninay Vera (née de la Rosa). He was the second eldest of ten children.

DOLPHY FDC 1

First Day Cover with stamps

He started selling peanuts and watermelon seeds ( butong pakwan) at movie theaters before the advent of the second world war.

Life Theater

Life Theater photo: LIFE magazine

He was about thirteen when Second World War  started. He did odd jobs including shinning shoes  attaching buttons at a pants factory; sorting bottles by size; working as a stevedore  at the pier; trading  and driving celesas . In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater.

Mang Dolphy made several hundreds of movies which made him popular not only in the Philippines but internationally . Among his popular television shows are John en Marsha , Home Along da Riles,  Home Along da Airport

He never married and was public with his relationships and family. For more than 20 years, He had a common -law partner with Filipina singer, actress and model Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla. They resided in the Marina Bay Village. In his latest book, he mentioned that he had five serious relationships before Padilla who bore him offspring.

In 2009, Dolphy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  As a result, his public appearances were reduced, and was frequently admitted to the intensive care unit. Dolphy died on July 10, 2012.

Dolphy FDC

STAMP Proposal:

A few weeks after his death , There was a public outcry among Filipino philatelists and foreign collectors that such a popular icon be remembered and commemorated in Philippine stamps.  This is not an easy task- There are protocols and the immediate family members must be properly notified .

Elvis Presley stamp

Elvis Presley stamp featured by the United States Postal Authorities

The initial plans of the stamp issuance on 2012 was initially halted temporarily . The clamor still persist and some philatelist even cited some popular US celebrities like Elvis Presley and Manilyn Monroe were honored with stamps .  The list is quite long!

The wait is still long for local stamp collectors,  many thought that Philpost and the Quizon family had changed their plans.  In fact when i was interviewed by GMA channel 7 news reporter Mr. John Paul ” JP” Soriano  during the Francisco ” Botong ” Francisco stamp launching last year  –  I told the crew that collectors are clamoring for the Mang DOLPHY stamps issuance.

Lo and behold, after more than 1 year of waiting , the beautiful special stamp in honor of Mang DOLPHY was unvield last November 23, 2013 Saturday  at the Signal Village in Taguig . However the stamps was only sold at the Manila Central Post Office on November 25, 2013.

When i arrived past 11:30am at the Philatelic section,  saw some stamp and memorabilia collectors who wanted to buy the special stamp issuance.

First Day Cover of DOLPHY

Due to the limited stock and to avoid hoarding – Each stamp collector is allotted only 5  stamps.  Had to wait for a couple more hours just to wait for the cancellation marks to dry -up .

Technical Description

Type of Issuance:  Special Souvenir stamp

Size of the Stamp: 100mm x 95 mm

Quantity : 5,000 pieces

Denomination : Php 100

Perforation : 14

Printing Process: Litho-Offset ( 4 colors)

First Day Cover: 400 pieces with stamp

Paper: Imported  Unwatermarked

Special Feature : Gold Foil Stamping-  National Stamp Collecting Month  (November )

KING OF PHILIPPINE COMEDY  and border of the stamp

Design : Photos provided by the Quizon Family Foundation thru Mr. Eric Quizon with Philpost logo , Background design are some of his movies

First Day Cover : Cache design with Mang Dolphy standing with specimen signature

Layout artists : Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jaime, Mr. Victorino V. Serevo

Printer: AMSTAR Company

Website Link

Philippine Postal Corporation : https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

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