Philippine Tuberculosis Society launched its 2015 Pope Francis Overprint on TB SEAL

Julia Vargas Hall, Quezon Institute ,E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City – Philippines

Mr. Benjamin  Q .Avanceña, Mrs. Nelia T. Gonzalez , Mr. Larry Peralta and Ms. Shyla De Vera ( Union Bank partner )

Philippine Tuberculosis Society together with partner artists launched a few hours ago the 2015 Philippine Tuberculosis seal with Pope Francis silver special overprint from 3 sheets

Pasko sa Ating Bayan issued in 2002 with  overprint Pope Francis 2015 visit

Pasko Sa Ating Bayan  by well-known Filipino artists (2002) ,  Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor’s Mabuhay Philippines (2003) and One Hundred Years of Scouting painting by Mr. Nemi Miranda ( 2007 ) .

L-R Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak ( TB seal committee member) , Mr. Robert V. Araos ( TB seal committee member ) Engineer Romeo C. Ranjo ( TB seal committe member) Mr. Ysmael Inductivo ( Apo Philatelic Club ) Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus ( Phlpost stamp advisory committee member and TB seal collector ) , Standing Dr. Elizabeth V. Cadena ( Executive Director )

PTV channel 4  reporter Mr. Joseph Parafina interviewed Dr. Elizabeth V. Cadena

The Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization whose advocacy is towards the prevention, treatment, and control of tuberculosis in the Philippines.

Mr. Lorezo Miguel Fresnoza , Mr. Edward Martinez and Ms. Samatha Sales

Before the ceremonial autograph signing , Design For Tomorrow partnered with PTSI to enhanced their existing website . They got their inspiration from The ” La Belle Epoque” aesthetics  which envisioning the classics  , combining confidence and applicability, a nod to print publication.  The group showed to the crowd an art -nouveau  era type of poster .

Website :

Mr. AL S. Perez

We were seated together with well-known painter and artist Mr. Al S. Perez , He gladly pose for a souvenir shot and we got his signed autograph. He had a lot of his part works that were featured in Philippine TB seals.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society , Inc Presidents  photo gallery  dating back to 1910.

Ms. Evelyn Paloga – Pangasinan Chest Clinic and Dispensary

The event also highlighted the loyalty award and tenure service among PTSI employees. Ms. Evelyn Paloga had served 40 years in her community .


According to Mr. Benjamin  Q .Avanceña , When he arrived in the  Philippines five years ago, tuberculosis is still one of the leading causes of death in the country, with 27,000 death recorded every year and at least 74 die per day , It is also the 6th leading causes of fatalities in the country.

The role of PTSI is not what is used to be , It would focus on 4 Important Pillars

1.) Research 2.) Field Operation 3.) Training of Personnel  4.) Innovative Quezon Institute and its Facilities

ceremonial autograph signature

I have some relatives which contracted tuberculosis and on how they overcome the illness with proper detection, early medication and having clean lifestyles.


2015 to 2016 Philippines TB seal

Importance of TB seal and its Role in Fund Raising:

TB seal is also called ” Charity Stamps “,  ” Fund Raising Stamps” or ” Christmas FUND Raising Stamps“. They are usually added to all letters and even parcels when the ” BER ” season arrived . They are added to the letters , some stamp collectors would still collect commercially used envelopes with TB seals .

group photo


In 1904, a postal employee named Einar Holboell saw a poor penniless waif shuffling outside the window of the postal office where he worked one dark Christmas Eve. He wondered if there was some way he could help such kids. Perhaps he was looking at the Christmas letters he was sorting when an idea struck him. Suppose people bought an extra stamp every time they mailed a letter or parcel? And suppose the money went to a special fund for the children? With thousands of people sending letters and parcels at Christmas, the fund would quickly grow to mammoth proportions. Very excited at the idea, he introduced it to his fellow postmen who received it enthusiastically.

The King of Denmark Christian IX, upon hearing the idea, embraced it wholeheartedly and requested the people of Denmark to buy the new Christmas seals. Being a popular ruler, his portrait, along with the queen became the first seal design. Combined with the warm-hearten nature of the Danes, it conclusively netted four million seal purchases the following Christmas.

NE Catering Services

After the ceremony, the group were treated to a sumptuous lunch catered by NE catering

Those who wanted to help the society and collect Philippine TB Seals , You can try to visit the PTS office at the Julia Vargas Hall within Quezon Institute compound located along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue .

For inquiries and Those who wish to help the Philippine Tuberculosis Society , try to visit them .

P.O. Box 281, MANILA  

Direct Line: 781-3761 Loc. 132

Address : Quezon Institute – Julia Vargas Building along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City . It is just beside Puregold .  

Operating Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm – Mondays to Fridays


Link to last year’s launching :

Note : I would like to ” Thank” the PTSI  TB seal committee members, Ms. Argentina Morata and Mr. Manni Coloma for the warm accommodation extended.

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