Philippine Postal Corporation goes high tech on their 228th anniversary

poster in front of the Post Office building

lively dance presentation by Philpost employees marked the opening day celebration

Last November 8, 2011 Philippine Postal Corporation marked their 228th anniversary of the Philippine postal service with the theme “ PHILPOST: Bagong Simula Bagong Sigla”.  “ New Beginning New Vigor ”.It aims to revive the whole postal system thru more efficient way of servicing the public.

crowd listened to the speech of the postmaster

 People from all walks of life, media partners, philatelists, students, philpost employees  attended the opening day celebrations.

The author  and Ms. Jennice T. Guico a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School  being interviewed by Ms. Donita Rose and Mr. Andrei Felix -hosts of Umagang Kay Ganda – a popular morning show of ABS-CBN channel 2

L-R Ms. Ofelia Solis ( teacher) , Author, Ms. Jennice T. Guico, Ms. Susan Frances P. Barredo and Ms. Carol Noces ( teacher ) Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila together with Mr. Andrei Felix , Umagang Kay Ganda -host

Ms. Jennice Guico a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School still write letters and correspondence to her OFW mother  based in Vietnam , according to her despite the modern technologies like electronic mail services  ” Writing a letter enhanced her writing skills and makes her relationship with her mother more personalized”

biometric data service registration booth

 Biometrics is the technology that Philpost  launched to minimized forgeries of Postal ID’s . With the new system , Philpost can identify a specific human being. It is primarily used to provide security for personal or business assets. A biometrics system must first store a person’s  data. Then, when someone tries to access a personal or business system, the stored biometric data is compared to the data of the person currently accessing the system. If the data matches up, the person can have access to the protected information.

History:

Governor General Basco organized a postal system throughout the archipelago in 1783. First postage stamp was issued on February 1, 1854. It was not until April 2, 1992 that, by virtue of Republic Act 7354, that the postal system became known as the Philippine Postal Corporation or Philpost. Nevertheless, its history predates the independent republic we now know today as the Philippines.

The event also coincided with the “ National Stamp Collecting Month ” which is being celebrated every month of November.

  L-R Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol (APMG Finance ) , Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta and Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head Manager -Postage and Philatelic Department) pose for a souvenir shot

Philatelic exhibit featuring 2011 stamp issued by Philpost

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta  is  the chairperson of the Heritage Conservation Society , vice- chair of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and Executive Assistant to the office of the Mayor in a keynote speech  ” When I won Miss International in 1964 and living in San Juan, people from all parts of the world would write letters and i am amazed with the efficiency of the postal system  , despite lacking complete address , Philpost postman  somehow could locate my exact home address”.

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta was the guest of honor in behalf of Mayor Alfredo Lim

Special guests of honor included Miss International 1964 Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta and Ms. Tess Debuque of National Information Officer – United Nations Information Center.

Ms. Tess Debuque and Postmaster Ms. Josie dela Cruz  presented a framed PNOY inaugural stamps to Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta as a token of appreciation

One of the highlights of the celebration included the awarding of outstanding postal employees for the current year 2011.

Outstanding Philpost employees together with special guests and Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz

The list included Ms. Liliosa D. Bioco (postman II) Postal Region VIII, Tacloban City, Mr. Leonilo T. Gatdula , Jr. ( Heavy Equipment Operator FSMDC, Central Office ) Ms. Diosdada M. Marquez ( Marketing specialist II ) OAPMG for Marketing , Central Office, Mr. Nonito L. Pelobello ( Supervising Postal Service Officer, Postal Region VI, Iloilo City , Mr. Bienvenido G. Salcedo ( Director II) Postal Region XI, Zamboanga City , Mr. Rodolfo O. Tan (Postal Teller III) National Capital Region  and Mr. Antonio A. Tenebro ( Postmaster I) Postal Region XII, Cotabato City.

The seven outstanding postal employees also received a plaque, cash gift of Php 25,000 each, Dr. Tam’s  medicinal tea and if eligible they can be promoted.

Ms. Diosdada M. Marquez (4th from left)  – Marketing Specialist II OAPMG for Marketing , Central Post Office drew the loudest cheer among this year’s awardees. Her effort in last year’s election and corporate accounts  resulted in a hefty 50 million pesos in revenue.

L-R Ms. Bianca Marie R. Ferrel 2nd place, Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao 3rd place, Ms. Cherilyn Patrocino Sta. Ana -1st place

Out of the several hundred of entries in the 41st nationwide letter writing contests conducted by Universal Postal Union or UPU , three students was chosen . The theme for the competition is “Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you”.

3 winners of the UPU letter writing contest

Ms. Cherilyn Patrocino Sta. Ana ( Ateneo de Naga ) won first prize , she also bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost, stamp album with stamps, medal  and a cash prize of Php 15,000!

Ms. Bianca Marie R. Ferrel ( Ateneo de Davao) won second place , she bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost , stamp album with stamps , medal and a cash prize of Php 10,000

Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao

Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao ( Sacred Heart School )- Ateneo de Cebu won third place , she bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost, stamp album with stamps, medal and a cash prize of Php 5,000

Signing the official First Day Issue together with Mrs. Josie De La Cruz and Hon. Cesar N. Sarino

In this day of internet and modern ways of communication, There are still a whole lot more of people who still collects stamps and still write letters. According to the die-hard letters writers , ” This make their letters more formal and more personalized” rather than relying on computer keyboard fonts.

Mr. Prab Reyes

Mr. Prab Reyes of UP Diliman won first place in the stamp design contest organized by Philpost and United Nations  “International Year of the Forest 2011” , He bagged home a commemorative plaque with stamps, and Php 15,000 in cash .

first day cover

The stamp issue is  classified as a “Special” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 70,000 pieces.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

L-R Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz, Current Philpost Board Chairman Hon. Cesar N. Sarino , Ms. Tess Debuque  during the ribbon cutting ceremony

  Postmaster and CEO Hon. Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz being interviewed by a senior reporter Mr. Noel Perfecto PTV channel 4 .

Mr. Andrei Felix and Ms. Donita Rose together with the postmaster

Mr. Hans W. Becker together with the postmaster general Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz

Mr. Hans W. Becker is the editor -in -chief of International Philippine Philately Society . He was born in Germany (Düsseldorf)  and lived in Luxemburg until 1977 . In 2010 he came to Cebu .  He is also an active member of Cebu Philatelic Society, Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club, International Philippine Philatelic SocietyPampanga Collectors’ Society. He is an avid collector of Philippine stamps , coins, paper bills , postcards and maxi-cards. He won numerous awards from here and abroad . He is now presently residing in Cebu with his Filipina wife.

For those who wanted to trade:

Contact Information: 747 M. Pacubas Drve, Mambaling 6000 Cebu City

Filipino Inventors’ Society exhibit booth

There is also an exhibit booth of the Filipino Inventors’  Society with about 25 members that  actively participated in the event.

Mr. Clemente M. Covaria

Mr. Clemente M. Covaria is a member of the Filipino Inventors’ Society ( his novelty products) included novel signage. His slogan ” A Novel Signage Mean for Advertising Purposes ” is a way for his creative works to be notice.

novel signage

for those who might be interested in his works.

Contact information:  Unit 2013, Guadalupe BLISS, Cembo, Makati City

Cellphone: (09219-78-5598)

native delicacies from Biñan , Laguna

Aling Nene’s is a popular home made delicacies based in the town of  Biñan specializes in Puto Biñan, Puto Pao, Puto Cake, Kutchinta, Espasol, Buko Pie, Pandan Pie, Ube Buko Pie, Cassava, Macaroons, Crispy Okoy.

Contact Person: Ms. Joy S. Mendiola

Address: General Malvar, San Vicente Biñan , Laguna

Cellphone  : 0919-8679591

Landline: (049)511-3475 / (049)511-32-08

Email: Joys_mendiola@yahoo.com

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan lectured basic philately to high school students

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga Collectors’ Society is an active bibliophile, philatelist , post card , bank note and coin collector . He is based in Pampanga. He had published numerous books about philately, paper bills and Rizaliana.

Contact address : 63 Santiago St., Sta. Ana, Pampanga

P.O. Box 5050 San Fernando ,Pampanga

key chain made from cut styro

Mr. Antonio P. Agtoto is a Filipino inventor of styro electronic Cutter with patent no. UM 8377 , He won various national awards like 3rdplace in the 1st Luzon Invention Competition, 3rd place in National Inventors Week 2001, Finalist in Filipino Inventors Week contest . His styro cutter is making waves in other countries like in Japan , Korea and the United States. While his styro products is selling like hot cakes in national trade shows.

Agtoto Enterprise

Address: 10- H Ilaw Street , San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City

AANI Herbal Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle , Elliptical Circle  Quezon City

Contact Person: Inventor Mr.  Antonio Agtoto

  Landline : (413-34-89 )

 Cellphone : 0916-828-2687 / 0906-37-377618 /0909-35921225

The Technical description of the 2011 United Nations Issue International Year of the Forests stamps are as follows:

Kind of Issue: Special

Denominations and Quantity: Php7.00 / 70,000 pieces

Date of Issue: October 24, 2011

Last date of Sale: October 23, 2012 ( as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: APO Production Unit

Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
United Nations Information Center (Manila)

Website Link:http://philpost.gov.ph/web/2011-united-nations-issue-international-year-of-the-forests-special-stamps/

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FILPEX 2010 National Stamp Exhibit and Competition

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation and City of Manila will have its National Stamp Competition and Exhibit of some of the country’s top stamp clubs and collectors of different themes.

The stamp exhibition will highlight the club’s 15th year anniversary and the various advocacy  projects like the Postal Heritage Walking Tour , Lectures , Basic stamp collecting and heritage promotion of some of Manila’s most historic buildings and areas in which the club had initiated for the past several years.

The theme for this anniversary would be ” Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting

FILPEX 2010 invitation poster

Some of the exhibit will showcase Philippine stamp heritage from the Pre-Postal , Spanish , Aguinaldo revolutionary regime, American or United States Philippine Island , Japanese occupation  and the Republic issues from 1946, thematic stamp collection from birds, orchids, insects etc…

Special guest of honor will include the current Postmaster General Hon. Antonio Z. De Guzman, Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary  Hon.  Heminio Coloma , Manila Tourism and Heritage  , members of various Philatelic clubs and Philippine Philatelic Federation among others.

Media Partners include UNTV channel 37, Tulay Forthnightly Digest ( this digest is inserted twice a month in World Daily News a Filipino- Chinese newspaper) Studio channel 23, NBN channel 4 , Buy and Sell Newspaper

Unlike other exhibit , This is open for the public without any entrance FEES!

Date: December 1  to 8, 2010

Venue: Philippine Postal Corporation Main lobby

Opening : December 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM
For more information on this event: Please contact : Mr. Lawrence Chan (0919-3901671) Filpex 2010 media and publicity head  Mrs. Josie T. Cura – exhibit (735-5001 ) monday to saturday 1PM to 5PM / (0917- 9800708)

Stamp Collecting as Hobby & Investment

Last Februry 21,2010 third sunday of the month,  Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club hosted three simultaneous event.

Stamp collecting seminar poster on the lobby of the Philippine Postal Office

The first was the regular club’s monthly fellowship meeting were pertinent matters and auction was held . Another was the Free Postal Heritage Walking Tour in which about a dozen people had confirmed joining but somehow only 6 people managed to come . Maybe it was because of the intense summer heat that made some of the confirmed participants back-out on the last minute !

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus and Mr. Dojie Luteria

Then, the Stamp Collecting Seminar which was handled by the education and information committee of the club led by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus , Mr. Dojie Luteria , Mrs. Josefina T. Cura  . The stamp collecting seminar series was just planned in less than 3 -week period . This is one of the year’s opening salvo , One of the club’s  main objectives is  to reach out to those people who would like to start collecting stamps or in the intermediate collecting stage  especially when the summer vacation is about to begin .

We arrived at around 12:20 p.m. at the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library located at 3rd Floor of the Security building within the compound of the Manila Central Post office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita , Manila.

The author received a short call from Mr. Tito Basa ( walking tour participant)  and he told me that they are already waiting at the fountain area of the Liwasang Bonifacio .  Immediately , i went down and met them at the fountain area.

statute of  Graciano Lopez Jaena on the grounds of National Press Club

From the usual chit chat , I formally introduced myself to the tour group and the group proceeded to the monthly fellowship meeting, then to Manila Central Post Office to view the exhibits of Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo.

walking tour participants inside Manila Central Post office building

Group then proceeded to the National Press Club compound , Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument , Plaza Mexico , ruins of Intendencia ( Aduana )  then going back to the Postal Museum and Library .

Adolfo Lopez Mateos statute at Plaza Mexico ( Mexican President from 1958 to 1964)

Adolfo López Mateos (26 May 1909 – 22 September 1969) was a Mexican   politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)who served as President of Mexico  from 1958 to 1964. As president, he nationalized electric companies, created the National Commission for Free Textbooks (1959) and promoted the creation of prominent museums; such as the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City .

FDC commemorative stamp of state visit

During the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos made a State Visit to the Philippines from October 20th to 23rd of 1962 in response to the visit of Macapagal in 1960, who was Vice President at the time. 1964 was decreed the “Year of Philippine-Mexican Friendship” to celebrate the Fourth Centennial of the Expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.


Manila Main Post Office columns

The pre-registered participants of the seminar slowly came and by around past 1:00 p.m. There were already over 30 participants in the seminar. The club initial target was just about 20 participants for the seminar since the publicity and preparations for the event was just done in a matter of barely 3- week period.

But in the final count , there were around 50 people who came to the seminar notwithstanding the usual family day period and braving  heat of the summer.

Ms. Nena De  Guzman gave an interesting discussion on the role of Philatelic Museum

The stamp collecting seminar event was highlighted by the inspirational talks  of Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria, Mr. Archie Amara , Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo and Ms. Nena De Guzman .

Dr. Hemogenes Lorenzo gave one of the most interesting inspirational talk on his passion of stamp collecting and at the end of his talk raffled several rare Philippine stamps ,  First Day Cover  , cash prize of P250.00 to two lucky participants of the seminar .

Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo

Handouts which included a stamp journal, stamp collecting primer, free stamps were given to the list of pre-registered participants of the seminar . The participants were also given free pencils and philatelic bulletins courtesy of PHILPOST thru Ms. Nena de Guzman while  snacks were sponsored by the club’s officers  Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria and Mrs. Josefina T. Cura .

Before the end of the successful seminar , the officer of the club announced that there will be another series of stamp collecting seminar before the end of summer.

National Stamp Collecting Month – Philippines

November was declared by then President Fidel Ramos as “ National Stamp Collecting Month” Stamp collecting’s charm is its individual, tailor-made freedom to fit the desires of any collector for as much as he wishes to spend in time, money and effort.

Every year more than 500,000 different stamp issues around the world every year on different subjects.

Stamp collecting is considered as “World’s Most Fascinating Hobby

Activities:

Philpost In cooperation with Philippine Philatelic Federation, Filipino- Chinese Philatelic Club, Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club will be having an exhibit starting November 9 until the end of the month.

(Stamp exhibits on various stamp themes)

Venue: Manila – Main Post Office

Date: November 9, 2009 (2 week exhibit – tentative)

Time: 8:00 am opening of the exhibit to the public

Schedule:  November 14, 2009 Saturday

Assembly Place: Liwasang Bonifacio (Plaza Lawton) fountain area

Assembly Time:  8:00 am (tentative)

Tour areas: Aduana, Plaza Mexico, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Roma, Postal Museum and Library, Manila Main Post Office

* Note – a short lecture on basic on stamp collecting will follow and tour of exhibit

Optional Tours (with pay)

Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, National Museum for the Filipino People

(Group of writers and bloggers from southern Luzon and Baguio had already booked for this optional tour)

Deadline for reservation: November 8, 2009 Sunday

Schedule: November 22, 2009 Sunday

Assembly Place: Liwasang Bonifacio (Plaza Lawton) fountain area

Assembly Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tour areas: Aduana, Plaza Mexico, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Roma, Postal Museum and Library, Manila Main Post Office

* Note – a short lecture on basic on stamp collecting will follow, tour of exhibit

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club will host the afternoon snacks

Deadline for reservation: November 18, 2009 for this free walking tour

Contact details: L_rence_2003@yahoo.com

(0919-3901671) cellphone

Landline: 735-5001 (Monday to Saturday) Mrs. Josefina Tiongson- Cura

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club – online community:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/filipinasstampcollectorsclub/

History stroll thru postal stamps

Walking tours of city’s rich heritage
By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:41:00 04/25/2009

Photos : Renz

Filed Under: Tourism, Hobbies, Culture (general), history

Liwasang Bonifacio

MANILA, Philippines — It could be a magical mystery tour with a slight twist and a different setting.

The postal heritage walking tour around Manila hopes to resurrect the dying art of stamp collecting in an age of e-mail and instant messaging through leisurely strolls around historic sites around the country’s capital.

What’s magical about the tour is the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club’s (FSCC) ability to uncover hidden gems of history around Manila using postage stamps as its guide.

back view of the Main Post Office and Postal Bank

Lawrence Chan, FSCC vice president and tour guide, conceded: “Stamp collection is a dying art. Let’s face it, people would rather send an e-mail rather than send snail mail.”

Chan told the Inquirer that the primary aim of the postal heritage walking tour is “to promote through philately our rich cultural heritage.”

Philately is defined by the Philippine Postal Service in its website as “the world’s most fascinating hobby. Through philately, you can learn of a country’s history, art, culture, and industry as depicted in special commemorative stamps.”

Chan said his group has organized the walking tours to “show participants how diverse and rich our culture is.” The tours are usually scheduled every third Sunday of the month but can be held on other days depending on requests made by students or other interested groups.

He pointed out that sometimes, they even spend for the participants just so they could join a tour.

The FSCC officers and members usually meet every third  Sundays at the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library to trade or sell stamps.

Josie Cura, FSCC president, told the Inquirer that her group accommodates people who want to start their own stamp collections.

Cura, who has been collecting stamps since 1966, said that people can write them through snail mail and ask for free stamps to start the hobby. “As long as they enclose self-stamped envelopes, we can give them stamps.”

The FSCC was first organized by stamp collectors in October 1994 as the Manila Stamp Collectors’ Club aimed at catering to beginners and intermediates at the hobby.

It was later renamed as the FSCC in January 2000 and has some 70 active members to date.

The Philippine postal heritage walking tour kicked off at the Aduana or the Customs House, where goods including mails were brought from overseas and declared.

Aduana ruins

What could be seen now of the then “Intendencia” is its ruins at the heart of Intramuros. The building was built from 1823 to 1829 , was demolished in 1872, and a new one replaced it four years after to house the customs offices, the Intendencia General de Hacienda (Central Administration), the treasury, as well as the casa moneda (mint).

First day cover of the Intendencia building circa 1974 -25th anniversary of the Central Bank of the Philippines

It was destroyed by American artillery in 1945 and was restored and used by the Central Bank of the Philippines, the national treasury, and the Commission on Elections until it was completely ravaged by a fire in 1979.

The Puerta Isabel II monument and gate is marked by the bronze statue of the Spanish queen which was first erected near the Teatro Alfonso XII (now the Metropolitan Theater) in Arroceros (now Plaza Lawton) on July 14, 1860.

Moves to dismantle the statue after the queen’s downfall was thwarted by a sympathizer who hid the monument in his home.

Puerta Isabel II gate and monument

In 1896, the statue resurfaced and was erected in front of the Malate Church for some 70 years until Typhoon “Yoling” (international code name Patsy) toppled the statue. It was only in 1975 during the visit of then Prince and now King Juan Carlos of Spain that the monument was erected on its present site.

Reina Isabel II of Spain- portrait and stamp issued in 1854

Liwasang Bonifacio was also part of the itinerary. The park which is known as the venue for most rallies used to be known as Plaza Lawton until it was renamed in the 1960s after the Plebeian hero Andres Bonifacio.

The Manila Cathedral inside the walled Intramuros was also part of the tour as it was also previously featured in stamps when its bell tower has not yet been constructed.

The final leg of the tour showed a virtual trove of philately in the form of the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library which is located within the Manila Central Post Office compound.

The postal museum is hidden at the third floor of the building of the Security Inspection Services Division and Postal Police Force that any Manileño would scratch his head in wonder at not knowing that it exists and is in fact the oldest museum in southeast Asia.

It was organized in 1992 to enable the public to view the country’s rich repository of stamps and items used by the post office through the years including: Old mail boxes, typewriters, awards, paintings, stamps, philatelic magazines, as well as books and catalogues.

Chan revealed that the Philippines is the first country in Asia to issue stamps, printing and releasing them on Feb. 1, 1854.

He disclosed that the first stamp is highly collectible because of the error in printing where “correos” was misspelled as “corros” and could fetch a price ranging from P5,000 to as much as P25,000 a piece.

Another collectible stamp is the June 30, 1981 Philippine issued stamp and souvenir sheet without any indication of the country of origin and carried “new republic” on its face.

A Sept. 25, 1995 issuance honoring Cesar Bengson bore the picture of his brother instead. When the error was discovered, 2,070 stamps had already been sold while the rest were recalled and replaced.

Chan pointed out that errors and mistakes in printing of stamps make them precious to stamp collectors.

He lamented that the hobby is no longer as thriving as it was during the snail mail era and the museum is not being promoted when other countries take pride in their culture.

“We have a very rich history. We should just take time, take it slow to enjoy what we have,” Chan stressed.

The FSCC can be reached by prospective hobbyists through Manila P.O. box 2986 or through 7355001.

Reprinted from Philippine Daily Inquirer – April 25 issue