Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel, Manila -Philippines
L-R Ms. Deedee Siytangco , Mr. Enrique Tagle- Philpost ,PEZA Director General Lilia De Lima, Philippine Star President and CEO Miguel Belmonte (fourth from left), Philpost President -Ceasar Sarino , Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan (represented by Ramon Isberto, Smart Communications Head of Public Affairs), , and Metrobank Chairman George Ty (represented by Chito Sobrepena).
Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan owns the “Rosary and Roses Series,” De Lima the “Blooms of Unity,” Belmonte the “Overflowing with Good Wishes,” and Ty the “Enchanting Blossoms” and “Fifth Painting.”
rose scented stamps featuring five paintings of former President Corazon Aquino will be sold to the public starting Aug. 1 to mark her fifth death anniversary.
This will be the first time in the history of Philippine stamps that PHLPOST will be using scented papers.
flower paintings of former president Corazon Aquino
The block of four stamps features the Aquino painting “Overflowing with Good Wishes” that is now in the possession of The STAR president and chief executive officer (CEO) Miguel Belmonte; “Blooms of Unity” that is with Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) director general Lilia de Lima; and the “Enchanting Blossoms” and “Fifth Painting” that are with Metrobank Group chairman George Ty.
Meanwhile, the souvenir sheet will feature the “Rosary and Roses Series” painting that she gave to businessman Manuel Pangilinan.
The two designs for the first day cover cachet will feature the paintings lent by the Aquino family.
The local printer Amstar Co. Inc. had to source the scented paper and scented ink from abroad.
The smell of roses would stay with the stamps for one to two years depending on how these would be preserved.
set of stamp which includes 4 piece stamp and a souvenir sheet
However another constructive criticism by stamp collectors which was echoed by Mr. Enrique Tagle– ” If the stamp is exposed to the elements, it might lose its scent immediately, but if it is placed inside a sealed glass or inside acid free plastic, then the scent would be preserved longer.”
Mrs. Aquino, mother of incumbent President Aquino, was the country’s 11th president. She is credited for restoring democracy to the country.
One of her hobbies was painting and flowers were her preferred subject.
Tagle said it took PhlPost a long time to come out with this series because it was difficult to find the paintings of Mrs. Aquino.
She gave away most of her paintings to friends so there are only a few paintings left with her children.
Php 100 Souvenir Sheet
Type of Issuance: Special – marking 5th Death Anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino
Theme: Flower Painting of former President Corazon C. Aquino
Block of 4: 40mm x 30mm At Php 25.00 each
Souvenir Sheet : 95 mm x 93 mm Php 100
Special Feature: rose scented
Paper: Imported watermark
Printer: Amstar Company -Philippines
Quantity : 200,000 pieces or 50,000 per design
Souvenir Sheet : 7,000 pieces
First Day Cover : 6,000 pieces
It was Aquino’s close friend and former spokesperson Deedee Siytangco who helped PhlPost get in touch with the paintings’ owners. Metro Bank Foundation ordered some 5,000 pieces of The First Day Covers , while a well -known stamp dealer ordered some 500 pieces thus leaving 500 pieces for ordinary collectors . The total FDC’s printed is one of the biggest orders for this year .
NOTE: Although this is the first time that paintings in private collection will be featured in Philippine stamps . Some Philatelists ( stamp collectors ) are weary that this is some sort of a crude form of advertisement ( further enhancing the price of the actual paintings that are featured in the stamps. ) Or was it politically motivated.