Philippine Postal Corporation launches personalized stamps featuring popular tourist spots

Manila Central Post Office main lobby, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila-Philippines

Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz with her personalized stamps

The usual design of the paper -based stamp has evolve into many shapes , sizes and forms. Stamps are also being made out of other materials such as with gold / silver leaf and new designs like glow in the dark , 3D or hologram.

The so called personalized stamp series is different from the previous stamp issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation on 2005.

first personalized stamps of the Philippines

These first-ever personalized sheets were printed when Philpost agreed to let Pinoy Stamps, Inc. offer personalized stamp sheets during the 23rd SEAGAMES.  Aside from being the first personalized stamps , the stamp is also considered as commemorative items  and was issued on November 27, 2005.

The 3,000 sets of two sheets with blank labels were sold to Pinoy Stamps Incorporated ,  P90 plus 10% value-added-tax (VAT). The higher price was partly due to the need to print the sheets on specially-cut A-4 sized security paper in order to allow their machines to print images on the blank labels.

Pinoy Stamps, Inc. sells the personalized sheets by printing photos, either from on site shooting during the duration of the games, or from submitted photos. The processing and sale of these personalized sheets are allowed until all stocks are sold out. The personalized sheets are placed inside a plastic-covered cardboard with sleeve that has “I was at the Games” and the SEAGAMES logo printed.  These were sold at P350 per package.

To allow collectors who want to include these sheets that contain many new stamps but do not want personalized labels in their collections, “generic” sheets with officially printed labels are also offered by the Philatelic Service. On each sheet, a single Philippine flag is printed on the left column. On the right, each of the 5 labels features the flags of 2 participating countries.

Juan Click Project

Juan Click is a project of Philpost to get the customers to get hook with their latest products and services with one click in the computers.

Implementation Program:

First Phase: ” stamps’ for philatelists who like to order old and newly released stamps by PHLpost.

Second Phase: ” One Town , One Product” For online shoppers here and abroad , PHLpost in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry and online selling of OTOP products , by promoting and selling it nationwide and to other countries.

Third Phase: Retail products

Fourth Phase: Hotel and Tourism Industry

Pinoy Mall

Pinoy Mall is another project of the Philippine Postal Corporation which enables stamp collectors ,different  Philippine products such as dried mangoes, textiles, handicrafts , delicacies, mugs, embroideries on-line.

Website: http://www.phlpost.gov.ph/pinoymall

OTOP exhibit ( One Town One Product ) by the Department of Trade and Industry

native products

It is about time that the corporation must upgrade their variety of services. In other ASEAN countries, their postal company sells a lot of local produce which enables to help their local economy and a potential revenue earner for the government.

Pinoy All Stars

Program:

The program started at past 10:00am , The event is more orderly compared to other previous events that Philpost had organized. There was a short dance number by Pinoy All Stars.

Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

Mobile application is a feature of PHLpost’s e-door to door delivery service . This end-to-end solution will be utilized to serve the requirements of DSWD beneficiaries under the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizen Program ( SPISCP)  .

unveiling ceremonies

After the program , The personalized stamp was unveiled by postmaster general Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and key post office officials. The PHLpost is keen to partner with the Department of Tourism in order to promote tourist destination spots like Boracay, Palawan, Ilocos Norte, Cebu, Bohol , Davao in which tourist can take souvenir shots can send them via postcards or letters to their love ones living abroad.

sumptuous lunch

Note: While personalized stamps is rather ” NEW” in the Philippines . A lot of countries had been selling personalized stamps for the past several decades. A revenue generating potential if properly distributed on popular tourist destination areas . Hope that will continue with the support of DOT and even private sector.

Miss World 2013 Megan Lynne Young stamps released by Philpost

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila-Philippines

Miss World 2013 souvenir sheet

When Miss World-Philippines Ms. Megan Lynne Young won the pageant in Bali, Indonesia there were public clamor on the issuance of postage stamps in her honor.

Miss World 2013 -sheetlet

Local missosologists, beauty pageant enthusiasts, stamp collectors were very excited on the idea that Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a stamp to commemorate such a feat.

It was late last year when the stamp advisory committee decided to issue such feat . It also marks the first time in the Philippine pageantry that a Filipina won a crown of Miss World . The Philippines started sending in the pageant in 1966.

Biography:

MEGAN LYNNE YOUNG was named Miss World Philippines 2013 during the pageant coronation night on August 18, 2013.   She was crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, making her the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World since its creation in 1951.  During the preliminaries, she also won the “Top Model” competition, placed fourth in the “Multimedia Challenge” and fifth in the “Beach Beauty” contest.

Megan  also received the Continental Queen of Beauty title as Miss World Asia 2013, the highest ranked contestant in the Asian region.

As Miss World 2013, she will be based in England for her activities. She has so far travelled to France, the Philippines, United States, Haiti, and,  China.  She  is expected to visit 40 countries for charity work after her brief stay in the Philippines for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.  Young came back to London and supported the relief drive of the daily newspaper The Sun for the benefit of the typhoon survivors in the Philippines.

Miss World’s Beauty with a Purpose organization decided to direct their fundraising activities for the victims of the typhoon Haiyan by going to different locations around the world.  Young went to U.S. cities, Newark, New York City and Los Angeles to hold fundraisers and appeared in the television program Good Morning America in ABC to appeal for donations.  She also visited Hong Kong and Indonesia before going back to her country to personally deliver the proceeds.

First Day Cover with ordinary stamp

First Day Cover with Souvenir sheet and special GOLD lining

Technical Description

Kind of Issuance: Special

Denomination and Quantity: Php 100 – 7,000 pieces

Php 30.00 and Php 40.00 – 80,000 pieces ( se-tenant ) pair

First Day Cover Quantity : 7,000 pieces

Soft Launching : February 24, 2014

Date of Issuance ( Public ) : March 24, 2014

Size of the Stamp: 40mm x 30 mm

Size of the Souvenir Sheet: 100mm x 80 mm

Design : Image of Megan Young ( photo: )

Perforation: 14

Printing Process: Litho- Offset ( 4 -colors)

Printing Technique:  Embossed , Gold Printing

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Printing Company

Layout artist: Mr. Victorino Z.  Serevo