Presentation and Stamp Unveiling Ceremony of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at Novotel

Commemorative stamps and first day covers of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray were issued and presented  by Philippine Postal Corporation executives around mid-morning of February 24, 2019 at Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

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l-r Mr. Maximo Santa Maria ( Business Line Manager ) Ms. Catriona Gray ( Miss Universe 2018 ) Mr.Norman Fulgencio, chairman of the board of PHLPost and Mr. Luis Carlos (APMG for Marketing) photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately

Mr. Normal Fulgencio ( chairman of the board of PHLPOST) said during the launching  that the Catriona Gray stamps is a way of recognizing her after winning the Miss Universe title.

Commemorative Stamps

One of the stamps shows her first official photo as the new queen of the universe with face value of Php 12 by 40 pieces per sheet while the Php 55 souvenir sheet shows the first walk after the announcement.

The stamps were designed by Mr. Rodine Teodoro and PHLPOST philatelic section employees featuring the iconic lava gown design by Mr. Mark Tumang wearing Miss Universe Mikimoto crown.

Aside from the official photos provided by Miss Universe organization, The logo of the organization is also prominently featured on both stamps and first day covers.

Ms. Catriona Gray recounted that she would also collect stamps from different countries and send letters to her friends.

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Ms. Catriona Gray with her own special stamps and first day cover ( photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately)

The ceremonial autograph signing and presentation was held at the Novotel just hours before her victory parade held within Araneta Center.

Statement

This momentous occasion is an opportunity for us to recognize her in raising the Philippine flag, and championing Filipino pride in the global stage,” Fulgencio said.

“Indeed you have made us proud. Your victory is a testament to the faith and resiliency of the Filipinos,” he added.

Public Selling

Along with the two stamps, There were first day covers which will be release to the general public by February 27, 2019 ( Wednesday ). These special stamps and fdc can be purchase  at the Manila Central Post office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila.

 

 

 

 

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Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial Stamp :

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila-Philippines

Iglesia ni Cristo 100th anniversary stamp

The Philippine Postal Corporation (‪#‎PHLPost‬) has issued a stamp featuring Iglesia ni Cristo (‪#‎INC‬) founder Felix Manalo (1886-1963) , in commemoration of its Centennial Founding Anniversary.

First Day Cover

The stamp features the INC centennial logo and the Central Temple along Quezon City’s Commonwealth Avenue, PHLPost said has produced 1.2 million pieces of this stamp in P10 denomination and 20 Pesos for Official First day Cover.

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Design provided by Mr. Bienvenido Santiago Jr, of INC and was provided by Mr. Vic Serevo of Philpost Design Department . The stamp measures 50 mm x 35 mm, making it the first stamp to be printed larger than the regular 40 mm x 30 mm stamp size.

from personal collection of the author

Earlier this year  , Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP also issued a Php 100 pesos with overprint of the special centennial INC logo. Tomorrow a special program will be held at the Iglesia ni Cristo in Quezon City .

Wesbite Links:

PHLPOST: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas: http://www.bsp.gov.ph/

 

 

26th South East Asian Games Stamps -Palembang

STATE-owned postal firm PT Pos Indonesia has launched a series of 26th South East Asian Games stamps as part of the national effort to celebrate the biennial competition, which runs from Nov 11 to 22, 2011.

“It is a good step to making the Games successful. The series of stamps will be a great promotion,” South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin said during the launch in Palembang .

According to Muddai Madang the Palembang SEA Games organizer said that the Games stamps would boost the events popularity.

“We hope that the stamps will be distributed nationwide, even to remote areas, so the fiesta atmosphere of the Games can be experienced by all Indonesians,” Muddai said.

Pos Indonesia will print 7,000 stamps in six series of the Games stamps, which are Selamat Datang di Jakarta (Welcome to Jakarta), Selamat Datang di Palembang (Welcome to Palembang), table tennis, badminton, football and pencak silat traditional martial arts.


Modo and Modi are mascot of the games which symbolizes the Komodo dragon.

The mascot of SEA Games 2011 is an animal of Indonesia almost gone. The mascot is komodo (Varanus komodoensis).

Modo and Modi wear traditional costume of Indonesia. Modo (male) wears blue blouse with batik scarf. Whereas Modi (female) wears red kebaya (traditional woman blouse) with batik scarf.

Name of Modo and Modi, actually is spelling modification of words ‘muda-mudi’. Words muda and mudi are from words pemuda (young man) and pemudi (young woman). It symbolized that athletes compete in SEA Games are the young.

Modo and Modi have good characters. Their characters are: hard worker, honest, fair, familiar, friendly and sportive. The good characters of Modo and Modi are a hope in order cooperation and friendship in harmony among 11 participant countries of Souteast Asia can be continued eternally.

Each stamp is priced at Rp 2,500 and available to the public at all post offices across the country since last week until Dec 31, 2014.

The Games series stamps are valid until Dec 31, 2016.

Website: http://www.posindonesia.co.id/

President Noynoy Aquino inagural stamp cover

Last June 30, 2010 I was one of the few very lucky individual who bravely went to the Philippine Postal Corporation office at Liwasang Bonifacio  ( Despite being declared as holiday and the philatelic section might not sell any stamps ) to buy some commemorative first day cover of the much anticipated P-NOY Commemorative stamps. Unlike any other occasion, This is the inauguration of the 15th President of the Republic.

A limited commemorative inaugural stamp with serial number 1979 and a memorial stamp of former president Corazon Cojuangco Aquino issued last June 30, 2010

Braving the heat of the day , I arrived past 8:30 am at the Philatelic section of the Philpost , die-hard philatelists from all over the country and the world are awaiting for this special event in our country’s history.  I though that i was one of the early ones, but there are already several dealers and enthusiast who also went to the office even earlier.

Crowd buying the special commemorative cover

The Philatelic chief told me that , they are maintaining a skeletal staffs in order to sell these limited edition stamps.

In keeping with tradition, the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) is issuing a a commemorative stamps  of president-elect Mr. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III. It has been part of Philippine Postal Corporation tradition that when there is a new president, Philpost  would come out with a new stamp issue.

Philatelic tellers ( in yellow t-shirt and Professor Marlon Vicente wearing orange t-shirt,  selling commemorative P-NOY stamps)

The 50-year-old Aquino was officially proclaimed by Congress as the country’s 15th president yesterday. He will take his oath as president on June 30.The stamp might be issued after Aquino’s oath taking. “There is a protocol that we have to follow. The pictures of Senator Aquino that would be used in the stamp would depend on the photos that would be provided by president-elect Aquino’s staff.

Philpost employees enjoying a brisk sales from souvenir hunters, philatelists and even balikbayans

He believes the Aquino stamp would be a hit among stamp collectors, like the commemorative stamp for the 25 death anniversary of Aquino’s father, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. issued on Nov. 27, 2008 and the collectible stamps for his mother, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino issued on Sept. 8 last year.

The stamps bearing the image of boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and the late Iglesia ni Cristo head Eraño Manalo were also sought after. Carlos said they even had to reprint copies of the Manalo stamp.

Then, including a few employees of the Philpost, our group quickly hitch a ride  from a small van toward the postal station at the Luneta postal detachment (  near the Quirino grandstand where the Presidential inauguration )  .  We then quickly unloaded all the First Day cover and started helping the  employees  to sell their commemorative stamps.

Zen Hernandez of ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter with the author and employees of Philpost

A lot of souvenirs sellers from caps, button pins, umbrella, t-shirt , dolls etc… There are also some die-hard stamp hunters too! I was  still amazed that people still collect stamps . One of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club officer Professor Marlon Vicente of Bulacan  took some respite and even joined the group , But before helping to sell the commemorative stamp cover . He quickly bought 20 pieces of FDC. According to him , He do not want to be left out in history.

Some present generation students which are used in the e-mail and texting though that we were selling stickers. It took us some time to convince these people. In fact the  Philpost issued only 2,000 pieces on these stamp. I was still wondering “why” limit these inaugural stamp covers to just merely 2,000 copies???? In fact during the past Presidential inauguration in the 1990’s the postal corporation would issue at least 50,000 to 100,000 sets????

Although this is a special issue, Issuing a very low quantity of these commemorative covers could even create a black market were the original Php 15.00 value of the cover may increase several times over!

This is a good news to the speculators and dealers, Since the issuance  of the limited edition cover. The price had already increase by at least  twenty (20) fold. However, For everyone to enjoy this so-called dying hobby . The stamp advisory committee should likewise refrain from issuing a very low quantity issue. In other South -East Asian countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam ( I am limiting  my comparison to South East Asia )  Selling special commemorative  and thematic issues are a Big Big business bringing Million of Dollars in revenues !

But here in the Philippines ? From what we have learned from an insider of the Philpost , a government corporation. The last time they got a hefty earning was in 2004 ????