Pope Francis Stamp Design Contest Winners awarded by Philippine Postal Corporation

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L-R Mr. Mark Leo Maac , Mr. Don Bryan Micheal Bunag , Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz, Mr. Enrique Tagle , Mr. Dave Arjay Tan and Mr. Salvador Bañares Jr.

The Philippine Postal Corporation offers an exciting line-up scheduled to be released on 2015 for worldwide stamp collectors, memorabilia hunters and omnibous collectors .

For 2014 , some of the popular stamp issuance are Iglesia ni Cristo  100th anniversary , Pope John Paul canonization stamps , President Corazon Aquino paintings on scented papers and Miss World 2013 Megan Young stamps.

stamp design contest winners and their immediate family members

Mr. Don Bryan Micheal Bunag explaining his artwork design to a reporter of TV channel 5

Don Bryan Micheal Bunag hails from the old capital town of Bulakan, Bulacan  province . He is studying at the Bulacan State University . His art work  depicts Cardinal Tagle bowing down and Pope Francis . It appears that the Pope is listening to the problems and consoling manner.

Mr. Salvador Bañares Jr. received cash prize from Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

The highlight of the 2015 Philippine stamp calendar issuance are the several new technologies that PHLPOST will be using starting with the issuance of Pope Francis Visit stamps to be printed in 3D Embossing and Hot Foil Stamping Coinage Stamps. For people who are not familiar with these stamp issuance , They are already several issuance in other Asian countries like in Thailand or Malaysia .

Mr. Dave Arjay Tan is from Valenzuela City

Mr. Mack Leo Maac from Meycauayan , Bulacan also from Bulacan State University

Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and Mr. Enrique Tagle unveils a new  stamp bulletin / magazine called SELYO

Selyo magazine will be a quarterly publication of PHLPOST which can be useful for stamp collectors,  memorabilia collectors and students.  This magazine is a reminiscence of Philippine Philatelic Journal published in the mid-1960’s to the early 1980’s . It keeps stamp collectors updated with the recent issues, stories about stamps and collectors .

Phlpost also made a public unveiling ceremony of the 2014 Philippine Christmas stamps . The stamps are already available at the main post office starting last November 10, 2014 . I already bought several sheets of the Christmas 2014 stamps and  send some to my swap-mates from all over the world .

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marla Buhain Espiritu , Mr. Enrique Tagle and Mr. Marc Laurente for the invitation extended .

Here are some of the stamps issuance slated for 2015:

January

National Artist for Theater ( Centennial- January 3, 2015)

Valentines 2015- Forever in Love ( January 14, 2015)-* Valentines stamps are normally issued a month before the actual celebration – This is to give letter and stamp collectors enough time to mail the stamps

Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines ( January 15, 2015)

Philippine Iran Diplomatic Relations -50th anniversary ( January 22, 2015)

Philippines-Israel -Joint Commemorative Issue ( January 27, 2015 )

February

University of the Philippines – 100 Years of College of Dentistry ( February 2015)

Liceo de Cagayan University -60th anniversary diamond jubilee

Salud Tesoro ( Birth Centenary ) -February 6,2015

Philippine Economic Zone Authority 20th anniversary ( Metallic Printing )

Lamberto Abellana – National Artists for Theater and Film (Birth Centenary) -February 12, 2015)

PhilHealth 20th anniversary -February 14, 2015

March

Philippine Topical Stamp-Issue ” Philippine Popular Fruits”

First Quarter -Topical Issue-Insects featuring Tutubi ( Dragonflies) March 23,2015

April

450th Anniversary of the finding of the image of Santo Nino de Cebu

April 28,2015 -Commemorative Issue ( Tactile Velvet Finish )

May

National Heritage Month

Philippine Hibiscus ( Gumamela) Celebrities and Famous Personalities named after Hibiscus hybrids bred by plant breeders from University of the Philippines, Los Banos- Laguna

Emilio ” ABE” Aguilar – ( Birth Centenary)- May 22, 2015

June

Ateneo de Naga University -75th anniversary ( June 4, 2015 )

Second Quarter  Topical Issue -Sarangola /  Philippine Kites   ( June 24, 2015)

August

President Corazon Aquino Paintings ( Series 2) August 1, 2015

* Due to the overwhelming public response , Phlpost will be issuing a second series will be printed ( These will be from a different set of paintings )

ASEAN Community 2015 -August 8, 2015

September

N.V.M Gonzales – National Artist for Literature ( Birth Centenary)- September 8, 2015

Philippines-Poland ( 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations) -September 22, 2015

THIRD QUARTER- Topical Issue

Featuring- Jellyfishes ( September 22, 2015 ) Special Issue –Thermochromic Ink Printing

*There is a color change when the paper is expose to different temperature

San Miguel Corporation 125th anniversary -September 28, 2015

October

Manuel Conde National Artist for Cinema ( Birth Centenary ) October 15, 2015

November  and December

National Stamp Collecting Month ( November 2015)

Peel-Off Sticker Stamp -featuring stamp collecting process ( November 10, 2015 )* This is a worldwide trend that stamps are like stickers which can be easily peeled-off.

FOURTH Quarter Topical Stamp Issue- Philippine Wildlife -( November  11, 2015 )

Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2015

November 2015 -Special Issuance

* Note- Stamp collectors from the APEC member countries will be looking forward to this special stamp issuance to commemorate the Philippines Second -time hosting of the APEC – The last one was held in 1996 Subic Bay during the incumbency of then President Fidel V. Ramos

Pasko 2015 -Christmas 2015-Bridges Foundation Artwork -November 2015  ( Special Issue)

2016 Year of the Monkey -December 1, 2015 ( Special Issue)

Other Upcoming Issuance for 2015

* San Pablo City -75th Anniversary

* Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo -150th anniversary

* Romblon State University -100years

* 2015 Visit Philippines Stamp -in cooperation with the Department of Tourism

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