Colorful 30th SEA Games Stamps issued by PHLPOST

Colorful and vibrant stamps and first day covers were issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released new set of special commemorative stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover of the 2019 SEA Games.

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30th SEA Games Stamps and First Day Covers

To honor our country’s athlete and the Philippine’s hosting of this year’s “30th Southeast Asian Games”,

With the games officially begun, there are fifty-six sports spread out over a total of five hundred thirty separate events, operating at venues in Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and other areas.

Local and foreign stamps enthusiast will have the chance to buy these colorful items featuring the SEA Games motto “We Win as One” and the four (designs) of sports discipline which includes weightlifting, badminton, cycling and billiards. Each stamp cost P12.

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first day covers

A special limited edition souvenir sheet of stamps covering different sports events and a stamp featuring the colorful “hands” clasped in solidarity for the South East Asian (SEA) Games.

Stamps will be available at the Post Shop, Manila Central Post Office starting Monday, Dec. 2.

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Stamp Design and Philatelic Bulletin

The Special Souvenir Sheet has a special die-cut embellishment to shape the silhouette of a basketball player which highlights the popularity of the sports to the Filipinos. The Price for the Special Souvenir Sheet is P67 each.

The first Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) started in 1959 and is held as a biennial event. This year there are eleven participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Philippines

Each stamp bears the logo of the Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games. The SEA Games will run from 30 November until 11 December 2019. PHLPost in-house graphic artist Rodine Teodoro designed the colorful SEA Games Stamps.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day covers of “Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games” will be available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.  Interested collectors may call Tel. 8527-01-08

A Celebration of Rizal Memorial Stadium Thru Postcards and Commemorative Covers

Rizal Memorial Tennis Stadium is a complex of sports facilities built during for the hosting of the Far Eastern Games in 1934. The sporting event is the precursor of today’s Asian Games.

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 Rizal Memorial Tennis Stadium facade which buds of sampaguita- the unopened buds symbolizes coming of age

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Rizal Memorial Coliseum facade ( taken last November 20,2019)

The area in which the current sport complex stands which also included the Harrison plaza and adjacent area were supposed to be a park or green area according to the architectural masterpiece by Architect Daniel Burnham. However most of the planned green space or zones were not properly executed.

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Rizal Memorial Baseball stadium postcard

Currently it is located along Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz St.) the Rizal memorial sports complex  was built was donated by the family of Vito Cruz.

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Rizal Baseball stadium facade

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Far Eastern Games

A total of four nations (China, Dutch East Indies, Japan, and host Philippines) participated in a total of eight different sports. The event also highlighted the 10th anniversary of the games.

World’s First Basketball and Baseball Stamps

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2 centavos, 6 centavos and 16 centavos commemorative stamps

The commemorative stamps and covers were issued which featured three sports baseball, tennis and basketball. The 2 centavos face value is the “ world’s first baseball stamp” issued by any country. While 16 centavos face value with basketball featured was the “world first basketball” stamps.

While the first baseball stamp in the United States was issued 5 years later in 1939, commemorating what was believed to be the centennial anniversary of the introduction and invention of the baseball in Cooperstown, New York in 1839.

The stamp were issued on April 14, 1934. All the three set of stamps were designed by Fernando Amorsolo ( future national artist for painting in the Philippines 1972) and printed in panes of 50, ( either 5×10, or 10×5) depending upon whether vertical or horizontal format of particular stamp) by Philippine Bureau of Printing with perforated 12. No watermarks.

2 centavos- yellow-brown 9 baseball players) -971,414 pieces . There were some color and printing varieties which old catalogs categorized them into U160a,b and c.

6 centavos ultramarine ( tennis player) -800,000 all shades of color. This also comes with 3 color and printing varieties.

16 centavos -violet (basketball players) -500,000 all shades of color. This comes with 162 a ( dark violet) and U162b ( variety -horizonal pair, imperforate)

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2nd  Asian Games from May 1 to 9, 1954 first day cover with Rizal Memorial Tennis Stadium on the left cache design.

Postcards

Postcards were popular method of promoting local tourist spots and man- made structures.

The postcards were printed in the United States and sold in bookstores in the country.  Architect Juan M. Arellano which designed the structure following the Art Deco and Streamline modern design. Some parts of the tennis court look like steam rudder of ships and train parts. Geometric pattern can also be seen in walkways and lobby of the stadium.

Ships and trains were some of the fastest form of transportation way back then.  It is good that the historic sports complex is getting a new lease in life. These stamps, postcards and first day covers issued to commemorate Far Eastern Games and Asian Games were celebration of our nation’s sports heritage.

Bibliography and References:

AFF Magazine ( Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas )

Gibbons Stamp Monthly

Harrandine, Peter W.A. , Mc Farland and Company :Philippine Postage Stamp Handbook, 1854-1982:pages, 116 to 117. ISBN 0-89950-178-8

Palmer, F.L. The Postage Stamps of the Philippines. New York 1912

Scott Standard Postage and Stamp Catalogue

 

Maxicare new Primary Care Center at SM City Clark, Angeles, Pampanga

Maxicare Healthcare Corporation which is the leading healthcare provider in the country, opens a new Primary Care Center (PCC) at SM City Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga province.

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ribbon cutting and blessing of the Maxicare Primary Care Center, Clark

The inauguration of the center will provide better access to top quality, efficient and seamless healthcare services for the members of the health care provider.

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It is one stop shop for their clients. For those who were not yet members, They are encourage to visit the online website.

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Maxicare officers,invited guests, staff and priest

Primary Care Center in SM Clark

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blessing

The purpose of Maxicare PCCs is to provide convenient healthcare services to our patients. We want to reach out to them as much as as we can.

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Mr. Sean Argos

With the opening of our newest PCC, our members in Central Luzon are no longer far from the help that they need,” said Maxicare president and CEO Mr. Sean Argos.

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The new PCC in Pampanga, Maxicare members can experience VIP treatment and quality healthcare through its state- of -the -art medical facility administered by expert medical professionals. It will house certified healthcare professionals.

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Primary Care physicians who specialize in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Obstetrics-Gynecology, OB Sonography, ENT ( ear, nose and throat), Dermatology and Ophthalmology.

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one of the medical consultation room

Services include consultation, laboratory, tests, X-ray, EGG ( electrocardiogram) and Ultrasound.

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Upon entering the center, a patient will immediately be greeted by well-trained customer service associates. The center feature a cozy waiting lounge, free WIFI access, and charging stations to ensure home-like relaxation. Moreover, those who are in a rush don’t need to worry as the average medical visit with top notch doctors spans only 30 minutes.

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The company plans to open 8 more Maxicare facilities within the Northern Luzon area in the coming months.

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The newest Maxicare Primary Care Center is located at SM City Clark, Tech Hub 6, Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport, Angeles City, Pampanga.

Do not forget to visit the website: http://www.maxicare.com.ph

11 Fun Facts About SEA Games 2019

South East Asian Games or 30th SEA Games 2019 will be held from November 30 to December 11, 2019.

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11 Fun Facts About SEA Games 2019

11.) 11 countries with Southeast Asia will participating in the event. These includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

10.) Motto of the game is ” We Win As One”. Maestro Ryan Cayabyab composed the official theme song of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

9.) About 9, 840 athlete will compete in the games.

8.) 530 in 56 sports (63 disciplines). This will also be the highest number of sports to played in the SEA Games history.

7.) About Php 7.5 Billion is the budget in the 30th SEA Games.

6.) Mr. Daniel dela Cruz a Filipino metal sculptor who made the torch and medals. The torch’s design is inspired by the country’s national flower – sampaguita – which symbolizes purity, simplicity, humility and strength.

While cauldron to be lit by the torch was designed by National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa.

The business uniforms are designed by internationally-acclaimed Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel.

5.) Carlos Palanca-award winning writer Floy Quintos, National Artist for Music and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, US-based, Emmy-award winning live content creator FiveCurrents, and Filipino companies Video Sonic and Stage Craft International Inc.

Heading the all-Filipino lineup of performers are: acclaimed singers Lani Misalucha, Christian Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Jed Madela, Elmo Magalona, KZ Tandingan, Iñigo Pascual, The TNT Boys, Ana Fegi, and Robert Seña, and international rap artist Apl d Ap.

Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, is also contributing their skills together with hundreds of students from at least 12 different schools and colleges in Metro Manila.

4.) The country hosted the SEA Games four times in 1981, 1991, 2005 and 2019.

3.) Eleven local beauty titleholders headed by Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach are also participating in the ceremonies.

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2.) The logo depict the 11 SEA Games country, while the official mascot depict Filipino mascot called “Pami”.

1.)  The opening ceremony will be held for the first time since 1959 inside an indoor stadium with state of the art laser show.  Philippine Arena which had a sitting capacity of 55,000 will be the site of the opening ceremony, while the newly built Clark Stadium will be the site of the closing ceremony.

LG Philippines Partners with Netflix and Donates to Shelter of Hope this Christmas Season

LG Philippines love for holidays with the brand’s mission of always giving back to the community. In a launch held at One Canvass Events Place in Pasong Tamo, Makati City on November 21, 2019.

The company outlined the various initiatives they have lined up for the holiday season.

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Partnership with Netflix

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LG Philippines comes in the form of its partnership with Netflix. during the event, Netflix unveiled the streaming service’s holiday film headliner, Klaus. The trailer for the destined Christmas classic, together with its behind the scenes footage, were all screened with the use of LG’s award -winning OLED TV’s, the purchase of which comes with an accompanying gift of 6 months of Netflix subscription.

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Klaus, the headliner for Netflix’s holiday lineup, is an entirely 2D animated movies, a Netflix first, that harkens to the old Christmas shows that everyone come to know and love.

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LG is among the world’s best selling OLED brand

Legendary actor J.K. Simmons provides the voice for the titular Klaus, a reclusive carpenter whom Jesper discovers living alone in the cabin, where he makes his own handmade toys. Like the movies of yore, Netflix hopes that Klaus becomes a Christmas tradition that’s destined to be replayed every holiday season for the years to come.

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Mr. James Deakin program host

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Ms. Marilyn Montano- Vice President of Animation Council of the Philippines

LG also invited the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) to share their thoughts on the use of 2D animation in Klaus, how OLED TVs are the best platform to view it on, as well as to discuss the state of the local animation industry as a whole.

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LG Philippines Donates to Shelter of Hope

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LG Philippines and Netflix officials with Shelter of Hope children 

Moreover, LG has also committed to donate an entertainment system and home appliances worth Php1,000,000 Million to the Shelter of Hope, which is currently building a home for their resident children who are cancer patients, giving them a much needed cheer for the holidays.

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Shelter of Hope children performance

Another gift that LG has for the community during the holidays is the #ShareTheGoodLifewithLG campaign. As a way of giving back to the community, LG Philippines has dedicated a portion of each sale of an LG product to go towards furnishing the children of Shelter of Hope.

During the event, LG, Netflix, and members of the media also brought gifts and toys to give to the children of Shelter of Hope. Just like what Klaus says, “A true selfless act, always sparks another.”

Part of the program was for bloggers/ vloggers and media also gave toys and educational material to the children of Shelter of Hope.