Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club Meeting and Salu-Salo

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club had their last meeting and get together for 2019. I have 3 mail bidders which send their bid only during the day of the meeting.

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I have to travel to the post office to check the items for auction. It was quite surprising to see some new faces and club members.

Meeting

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There were about 500 items for bid, ranging from stamps, stamp magazines, specimen stamps, coins, banknotes, papel sellado, postcards among others.

What is exciting on this stamp club meeting was the on the spot raffle and salu-salo. It is good that someone gave electric flat iron, mugs, lock and locker tumbler and multi-purpose swiss knife.

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item 40 -United States Philippine Islands 1921 postal card with 1906 2 centavos stamp

The author was quite lucky to have bid this item, This was listed under #40 and starting bid was just Php 80.00 or roughly around US$ 1.58. The postal card was written around August 25th 1921 and send to Mr. Hashi Kawa of #617 Camba street, San Nicolas, Manila by Assistant Secretary Hermo Cruz of Bureau of Labor.

The office was under the Department of Commerce and Communications ( Bureau of Labor) which was situated along 662 Rizal Avenue in Manila.

It is rare to see a correspondent postal card with English and Spanish words printed.  Another unique way to affixed the stamp within this postal card it was inverted.

The author is quite lucky to have gotten this postal card correspondence without much bidders interested.  A lot of them might have paid attention to the other items.

Php 5 pesos banknote ( circa 1987) with overprint San Lorenzo Ruiz canonization Serial number JC555555 ( item 253)

The Php 5.00 paper bill issued during President Corazon Aquino sometime in 1987 with overprint of San Lorenzo Ruiz canonization and with solid serial numbers initial bid was just Php 700 but a male banknote collector outbid everyone and reach an outstanding Php 3,600 !

The quality of the banknote is almost MINT condition and it is collected not because of the condition but the serial numbers and overprint. The banknote collector might be a newbie in the collecting world, since solid serial numbers would only reach around Php 1,000 outpost.

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1 peso 1974 error coin off center with blank and clip planchet ( item 273)

The 3 pieces 1 peso Rizal coin had minting error. The starting bid was Php 700 and the lot item reach final last bid of Php 1,800 ! In the normal quality and security procedure in the MINT. These coins were normally re-minted or re-cast. Somehow, one of the person behind the mint might have got hold of these coins and collected them for over 30 years before selling them in local bourse or coin market.

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one centavo coins ( item 274)

The item above were three pieces 1 centavo coins ( Marcos regime) with obvious error in the minting process with black clip planchet. The item starting bid was Php 700 and a coin collector was quickly to bid the item.

Salu-salo

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chicken empanada

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peachy-peachy from Arny Dading

 After the bourse / auction the members got to taste several late afternoon snacks which consisted of peachy- peachy from Arny Dading, Kikiam ni Aling Upeng, Sushi rolls from Suki Market and Chicken empanada.

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sushi rolls from suki market

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Gat Andres Bonifacio shrine near Manila Cityhall

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Christmas tree at the Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Manila Cityhall clock tower

Everyone enjoyed the hearty afternoon snack, We decided to visit the Andres Bonifacio and Manila Cityhall to see the beautiful evening Christmas lights and went to nearby Manila Cathedral for the start of the anticipated misa de gallo.

Rare Hauls at Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club Meeting

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club meets every third sunday of the month at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post Office within Philippine Postal Corporation compound.

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Manila Central Post Office with OFW bank ( formerly called Postal Saving Bank )

The club usually host a small bourse or auction. Prices may vary, Most of the items starts with Php 10.00 starting bid, While some have posted prices. The general public together with the members have a chance to browse through the list of items most of which are philatelic items like packets of stamps, first day covers, commemorative issues, stamp from around the world are auction off.

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commercial shoot at the entrance of the post office

Got a chance to visit the meeting after the eyeball of Bottle Collectors of the Philippines  (Mga Lumang Bote)FB group held at the Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum in Escolta.

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Filipinas Stamp Collectors Club Bourse

Some items may also includes banknotes, ephemeras, photos, postcards, books, toys, bottles, phone cards sometimes a host of other curio stuffs like dolls, die cast cars, medals, coin holders.

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University of the Philippines certificate of matriculation

University of the Philippines ( College of Law)  certificate of matriculation is just Php 50.00. This could be e around the late 1950’s. The item starting bid was just Php 50.00 with Mr. Harandi won the bid.

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De La Salle University first day cover block of four ( circa June 16, 1961)

De La Salle University first day cover issued in 1961 ( block of four stamps) starting bid was just Php 50 and did not went up. The item bid won by Mr. Reuben Bala Jr.

BPI 150th anniversary FDC

Bank of the Philippine Islands first day cover 150th anniversary

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Philippine Orchids imperforate sheet circa 1960


Philippine Orchids imperforate sheet start bid at Php 50 but went up to Php 250

Between 450 to 520 items were auctioned off to the general audience. Despite the gloomy weather, more than 40 participants came at the meeting. There was a rare chance of watching over a commercial shooting.

The shooting started during the morning and according to the guards, the commercial team schedule is until past night time.

Most of the items consigned at the bourse are from old and serious collectors, some of which have accumulated tons of stamps and other stuff over the years or decades. There were a couple of participants who came all the way from San Pedro and San Pablo Laguna province, I also saw Mr. Reuben Bala Jr. and Mr. Dionisio Taeza who hails from Cavite province.

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Php 10 emergency banknote from Mindanao issued from 1944 to early 1946

We also managed to meet Mr. Boy Francisco, who sold some excess emergency banknotes from Mindanao and commonwealth era paper bills.

The club’s next meeting will be held on October 20 Third Sunday of the month from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.

Philippine Philatelic Federation Meeting at the Quezon City Sports Club

The Philippine Philatelic Federation which is composed by active stamp clubs recognized by the Philippine Postal Corporation held their meeting at the Aurora room within Quezon City Sports Club .

Philippine Philatelic Club member organizations

Among the stamp club representatives includes Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club, Naga Philatelic Club, Cebu Philatelic Club, Filipino-Chinese Stamp Club, International Philippine Philatelic Society , Mr. Alfredo Roxas , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and the author  .

club house sandwich

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sumptuous snacks were served during the meeting

show and tell portion

A show and tell portion was presented by Mr. Dojie Lutera

Not present at the meeting was Mr. Robert Tan ( President ex-officio ) , Mr. Ngo Tiong Tak , Ms. Carrie Junio , Mr.  Antonio So , Mrs. Elenita San Diego and Ms. Zenaida Trambulo.

 

 

Bonding Time at Tramway Buffet Restaurant in Timog Avenue

Timog Avenue, Quezon City -Philippines

I was invited to a simple get together by Mrs. Josefina T. Cura founder and current board member of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club . It was a post birthday celebration and get together by friends of the club. This also serves as our bonding moments .

buffet table

I was not able to join the Christmas party celebration last year due to some commitments . This is not our first time to eat at Tramway buffet restaurant.  In fact, whenever there is a small gathering or simple celebration , we would always pick the place.

some of the buffet viands

Mrs. Cura booked the Tramway -Timog branch several days prior to the event. The place is fully booked and people looking for affordable yet hearty meal must try this restaurant.  It was sunday late afternoon and the restaurant is filled to their capacity .

Tramway- Timog with clients

When we ate there, the buffet menu consisted of steamed pangasius or cream dory  , fried chicken , pancit canton, spaghetti , yang chow fried rice , fried dimsum , sweet and sour pork , pork liver , mapo tofu ,  sushi , egg drop soup, rice porridge , siomai, hakaw, salad station, fresh sliced pineapples, watemelon, papaya , cantaloupe,  siopao, buko pandan gulaman, coffee gelatin, puto , macaroni salad, among others.  The restaurant had an interesting mix of Chinese, Filipino and Japanese dishes.

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Tramway buffet meal may vary from one branch to another . The Timog branch had 5 Function Rooms (good for 14-150 pax) and 2nd Floor Function Room (good for 350-400 pax).

Timog branch cost Php 238.00 adults, Php 170 senior citizen with valid Id’s , Php 158.00 for kids 2.5 ft to 4 ft. and Php 80.00 for toddler below 2.5 ft. , They also have branches located in Banawe, Shaw and Bayview .

For those planning to eat at the Tramway buffet restaurants branches, Here are some of my tips:

1.) Try to make reservation days or even weeks in advance, especially if you are planning to invite a lot of people for any events ( headcount is a must ) . Sometimes, they will require customers to post a down payment especially in large group.

2.) Be On Time

Buffet Lunch ( Monday to Friday 11:00am to 1:00pm , 1:00pm to 3:00pm ) , ( Saturday and Sunday – 1:15pm to 3:15pm ) Buffet Evening Meal starts at 6:00pm to 8:00pm first batch  and 8:00pm to 10:00pm second batch  , so try to be early on the appointed time . Having a reservation however does not guarantee that they will wait for your entourage.

3.) Observe Buffet Guidelines , The establishment have posted them in front of the establishment. Sometimes, clients tend to bring extra person and tasting the food is strictly forbidden . They are also strict with food wastage and leftovers. They also have CCTV cameras.

4.) Bringing in of drinks and other foods inside the establishment is not allowed.

Website: tramway buffet

Address: 65 Timog Avenue , Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Telephone : 415-2005, 410-4237

Email: timog@tramwaybuffet.com

 

 

 

Schedule of Postal Heritage Free Guided Tours for 2012

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club in cooperation with Philpost, Museo ng Maynila , Intramuros Administration, National Press Club , Winners Foundation , Department of Education cordially invites everyone to an afternoon of fun ,travel , unravel stories ,nature tripping, mysteries and ghost sightings behind some of the city’s most historical buildings, wilderness areas and sites! Photography is allowed!

The FREE tour is scheduled on January 15, February 19  March18 ,  April 15, May 20, June 17, 2012 all  third Sunday of the month. This will also coincide the club’s monthly meeting . To those who are interested in coming to the tour, Pre-Registration is on -going  .  Pre-Registration is a must for these FREE Guided tours.

Here are the contact numbers:

Mrs.Josie Tiongson – Cura – ( 0917-9800708 / 735-5001 )
Monday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm only
Ms. Nena De Guzman – ( 527-00 -96) Postal Museum and Library
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm only for parking instruction.
Mr.Lawrence Chan – ( 0919-3901671) Email:L_rence_2003@yahoo.com.

We had a special arrangement with the Post Office to held meetings and even parking space is allotted to those attending.

A short lecture/discussion about stamps other collectibles and object of art will be held simultaneously which starts at 1:30 PM at the main lobby.

You can sign-up for the FREE POSTAL HERITAGE TOURs just by giving your name(s) and contact number(s) . The contact numbers are needed , in case of any sudden schedule changes on the date of the tour.

Meeting Place: Liwasang Bonifacio fountain area
Assembly Time : 12:30PM to 1PM

Itinerary : Arroceros Forest Park, Aduana, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Mexico, Plaza Roma, Manila Cathedral, Postal Museum and Library, Liwasang Bonifacio, Metropolitan theater, National Press Club grounds , Escolta – Calvo Photo Museum, Bahay Tsinoy ( Php 100 pax)  and Chinatown ( it depends on how fast or slow the participants , some of the itinerary may not be covered)

Itinerary:

Arroceros Forest Park – is one of the last remaining forest park in Manila

Metropolitan Theater
is an art deco building architecture designed by brothers Juan and Arcadio Arellano built in 1931.

Manila Main Post Office
– is a neo-classical building designed and executed by Mr. Juan Arellano, Tomas Mapua and Ralph Daune.

Puerta Isabel 2 Gate – was built in 1861 and was the last gate in Intramuros to be opened for public use.

Monumento del Reina Isabel 2 – The monument was first installed in 1855 in the old Plaza Arroceros (present day Liwasang Bonifacio ) after her ouster. The statute was ordered to be destroyed by the Ayuntamiento de Manila , however Senor Barreto a royal sympathizer hid the statute and the statute was installed in Plaza Ermita in Front of Malate Church( present day Plaza Rajah Soliman)before a powerful Typhoon Patsy ( aka Yoling ) toppled the statute in 1970. The present statute was relocated to the present site in 1975.

National Press Club grounds– The main building was designed by well-known architect Mr. Angel Nakpil in an earthquake style in the 1960′s with interesting Merlion mosaic and see through glass staircase .

Plaza Mexico– This small plaza is located adjacent to the old Intendencia de Manila site of the old Manila galleon trade port. Old letters and goods are dock in this area.