The Block, SM North , EDSA, Quezon City – Philippines
SM chain of malls in partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation , Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines presents to the public an exhibition of Philippine stamps which highlights the papal commemorative stamps issued by PHLPOST in 1970, 1981, 1995 and 2015. There are also stamps issued from other parts of the world featuring the pope .
The exhibit also highlighted the importance of stamps and its role in Philippine history. The event were attended by Architect Renee Bacani ( SM AVP for Operation ) Honorable Cesar Sarino ( Chairman -board of directors ), Postmaster General Maria Josefina M. dela Cruz ( Postmaster General and CEO ) , His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle ( Archbishop of Manila ) Ms. Elvira Yap-Go ( publicity and promotion Eucharistic Congress 2016 -CEBU organizing committee ) , Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy , Archbishop Lagdameo , Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D ( Archibishop of Cubao) among others.
Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz
I was seated just a few feet away from his Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and He gamely posed with a fellow stamp collector having his own selfie.
a stamp collector happily pose for a souvenir shot with his eminence
He gave a short but very meaningful message about the importance of letter writing, usage of stamps and his own story on how he would got letters with some complains. He told the crowd that someone send him a short messaging service ( sms) telling him that he was featured in the Philippine stamps few days ago. He was later given a sample of the said stamp issue. Much to his delight and admiration.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – Archbishop of Manila
He also told the crowd that his mother kept a letter during his childhood days . A letter whenever he could not answer his assignments in school.
Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
After the short speeches , the papal stamps were unveiled to the public and a ceremonial autograph signing from the invited special guests.
Pope Francis stamp exhibition
The ceremony started a little over 11:00am with almost everyone admiring the stamp exhibit. There are some stamp collectors who came from the Manila Central Post Office and brought the recently issued Pope Francis commemorative stamps and first day covers with them. They are eager to let their FDC’s and other memorabilia items autographed by the VIP invited .
His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle together with the children choir from Mandaluyong City
The exhibit also revolves on the theme Mercy and Compassion , and will run until the end of the Papal visit.