Nostalgia Behind Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps and Covers

Sesame street is a children television program which marked their 50th anniversary with the launching of commemorative stamps, first day covers as part of their golden anniversary.

Sesame street debuted on November 10, 1969 in the United States and in approximately 115 countries. There were 16 sesame street muppets which were featured in the sheetlet or pane which is still being retailed for $17.49 in Amazon online site and $7.51 shipping cost in any parts of the United States.

This was sold at a slightly cheaper rate by the United States Postal Service. Each self-adhesive non-denominated (55¢) stamp in the Sesame Street set highlights one prominent Muppet character from the show, with a photographic portrait against a white background during the launching way back in June 22, 2019.

Mr. Jim Henson and the Muppets commemorative pane of 11 37¢ stamps (Scott 3944) released in 2005, featuring many characters made famous on The Muppet Show which ran from 1976 to 1981. issued in 2005 feature 10 characters.

50th Anniversary of Sesame Street

The 50th anniversary of the sesame street stamp pane ( sheetlet) featured the well- loved characters of Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Moster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover, & Zoe. There were 62 million stamps printed or 3,875,000 per design.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Arranged in horizontal rows, the stamps showcase 16 of the characters that appear on Sesame Street. Images of nine of the characters appear on the right side of the pane underneath the iconic Sesame Street sign. The back of the pane displays the Sesame Street 50th anniversary artwork.

first day cover

Sesame street was shown for several years in GMA channel 7. In the recent years, re-runs are still shown in different cable, HBO, youtube channel still capture the imagination and adding educational awareness among children.

There are 16 first day covers ( an envelope with cache design, post mark and a stamp which feature a sesame street characters.

I lost no time to contact my cousin based in the United States to pre-order and glad that he was able buy some sesame street first day cover and sheetlets va USPS. It took almost 2 years before i got to see the actual stamps and fdc of sesame street. Maraming Salamat po !

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations in the United States.

Do not forget to visit the website for more information.

PHLPOST Issues President Corazon Aquino Second Series Floral Paintings with Scent Stamps

Boracay Room- Sofitel Luxury Hotel , Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City – Philippines

Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz , Ms. Pinky Aquino -Abellada and Ms. Deedee Siytangco

The Philippine Postal Corporation in observance of former President Corazon ” Cory ” Aquino sixth death anniversary on August 1, A second series of special scented stamps which depicted her lifeworks on her favorite subject matter ” flowers ” was finally launched on July 29, 2015 at the Boracay Room of Hotel Sofitel in Pasay City.

There was a small gallery of stamps and first day covers from the past issuance of PHLPOST. There were 11 such stamps that depicted President Corazon Aquino from 1986 People Power stamps to the current scented paintings on stamps.

As her duties in Malacañang Palace ended in 1992 , a new journey for President Corazon Aquino was invited by a group of friends to join a painting class. She hesitated because , she said, she could not even draw. Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, the eldest child of Cory and the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. prodded her mother to pursue painting.

painting featured in stamps

” I told her , Come on mom, they’ll make nice gifts’ . It’s not so much the painting but the one who painted it. A painting is also something that you can leave to your children ; it becomes a treasure . Because of my persistence , she finally gave in , ” Ballsy told SELYO ( official magazine of PHLPOST )  in an interview.

SELYO Magazine – July, August , September 2015 issue

A GIFT that MONEY Cannot BUY :

Cory would paint on different surfaces and materials including trays , flat stones , porcelain, canvas and even bags. Painting relaxed her, and it brought her closer to her family. Soon she became enamored with the craft , Cory started giving them away her paintings as gifts to family members, close friends, colleagues in politics and wedding godchildren.

MMDA Chairperson Mr. Francis Tolentino

We also saw Mr. Francis Tolentino during the lunch, he just stayed for a few minutes

According to Ms. Deedee Siytangco, They received their first and only painting by Cory in 1999 when her daughter Ms.Sandeee Marasigan , gave birth to daughter Amanda on January 24- which also was the birthday of Cory Aquino .

L-R Ms. Zyann Ambrosio ( ABS-CBN channel 2) , Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo -(GMA channel 7 ) and Ms. Ina Andolong ( CNN-Philippines)

The event is well covered by major television station and broad sheet like Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer. I am quite lucky together with Ms. Jimmy Ang ( APO Philatelic Society ) to have the privilege to cover the event .

Ms. Rina Jimenez-David and Ms. Julie Yap -Daza

The former President stood as sponsor at the wedding of Sandee and husband Andrew . She gave them an oil on wood painting of flowers . Famous People like Mr. George Schultz , a former Secretary of State of US President Ronald Regan , remarried , Cory gave him a painting on wood . He send Cory A wonderful “thank you ” note.

Mrs. Teena Sarino and Mr. Jeffrey Consumo

Mr. Jeffrey Consumo is the art instructor for former President Corazon Aquino and her friends. While Mrs. Teena Sarino is one of Mrs. Cory Aquino friends and classmate in painting sessions.

Ms. Ms. Lilia de Lima, Ms. Teena Sarino, Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña , Mr. Ceasar Sarino with Ms. Deedee Siyangco  and Ms. Macaria Leonardo ( standing )

Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña, Metrobank Foundation president, former Cabinet Secretary, said: “Tita Cory played a pivotal role in the development of our country even after her presidential term. She served as Metrobank Foundation chairperson in our board of advisers from 1993 until the time of her demise.  The foundation had purchased Php 100,000 worth of stamps and First Day Covers.
 a short press conference and q and a portion was held Bulong Pulugan sa Sofitel 

Another prominent figure , Brunei royalty , invited Cory to visit even after her presidency . ” She brought him , ” Your Majesty , I know you can buy anything you want but I’m into painting now and I thought I’d give you something that’s not for sale.” She presented him with her painting. They were pleased , and it made mom happy” This was according to Ms. Ballsy Aquino -Cruz. recalled.

ceremonial autograph signing

Cory’s subjects revolved around faces, landscapes, rosaries and most notably flowers.Her favorite subject was flowers. People would say , Your mom really likes flowers ! Yes, she did but she always said she painted flowers because it was the only thing she could paint” ! Ms. Ballsy Aquino -Cruz recalled.

complete set of stamp souvenir, sheetlet and first day cover with cancellation marks

Five different paintings of ” Tita Cory” is included at the special block of 4 stamp and a souvenir sheet. About 400,000 copies in four design of the special scented stamps is printed using imported unwatermarked paper and floral scented ink.  PHLPOST has also printed 50,000 copies of the souvenir sheet at Php 120 each plus 12% VAT.

Here are the link to last year’s stamp launching : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/phlpost-launched-the-flower-paintings-of-president-corazon-aquino-on-scented-stamps/

President Corazon Aquino memorabila exhibit at Glorietta

10thIblog.ph: A Decade of Blogging and its Future

Malcolm Theater, College of Law , University of the Philippines, Diliman , Quezon City- Philippines

poster of the event

The big tarpaulin poster was posted in front of the College of Law building  .

   Vibal Publishing

Vibal Publishing (https://www.facebook.com/vibalgroup) is one of the  sponsors  at  the #Iblog10 or the 10th Philippine Blogging Summit.

While new, the works of Vibal Publishing has been praised. Here’s one example from Ms Carolyn Ong.

Vibe Bookstore was launched in 2011 which is the first Philippine e-bookstore designed with the needs of Philippine readers and publishers in mind.

For wholesale book transactions, please contact your Vibe account executive at 988-58-00 local 359 , mobile (0917-5049397)

Published materials can be bought in their  online bookstore www.vibebookstore.com

GMA channel 7

GMA Kapuso channel 7 is one of the media sponsors of the blogging summit

GMA News: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMANetwork

Mr. Neil Gregori Garen- Social Media Associate

Villar FoundationThe foundation takes an active part in different social advocates from environmental waste segregation to teaching people on how to be an entrepreneur

Website: http://www.villarfoundation.org/

Sky Cable

Sky Cable is one of the largest cable operator in the country

Website:http://www.mysky.com.ph/

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company ( PLDT)

Website: http://www.pldt.com/

Secretariat

The registration went on smoothly and i have met a lot of new bloggers and first time attendees.

Mr. Carlo Ople

He have some tips on as  bloggers as a new media personalities

Mr. Carlo Ople and Ms. Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Mr. Azrael Coladilla

Mr. Azrael Coladilla is one of the organizer of Toy Convention which attracts thousands of people to the event.

Website: http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popazrael

Mr. Ginoe Que Gavan of Takpo.ph

He is a runner enthusiast and the founder of Takbo.Ph a community of runners from all over the country and the world.

Website: http://www.takbo.ph/

Mr. Azrael Coladilla, Mr. Vince Golangco and Mr. Ginoe Gavan recived their token of appreciation

I have asked about some unique blogs that they have posted or encountered , Mr. Vince Golangco said that there was a Japanese or Korean lady that have a video blog and what she do is just eat food that were given to her by the advertiser.  Mr. Azrael Coladilla told us about ” The Transit of Venus” are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena and occur in pairs, eight years apart, which are themselves separated by more than a century. Mr. Ginoe Gavan said the rise of the barefoot runners topics which led to some athletic shoes that were made for these type of runners.

Mr. Vince Golangco- of When in Manila.com

Mr. Vince Golangco gave  two interesting tips : 1.) Start Writing  Tip 2 .to 10.  Keep Writing

Website: http://www.wheninmanila.com/

L-R Mr. Fitz Villafuerte, Engr. Grace Nicolas-Bondad, Mr. Jonel Uy and Atty. JJ Disni

L-R Mr. Brad Geiser , Mr. Mannix Borromeo Pabalan, Mr. Jeoff  Solas

Mr. Tonyo Cruz , Atty. Francis Acero and Atty. JJ Disini

group photo

 The organizers raffled-off  souvenir t-shirts  and photo opportunity with all the participants  of the event.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iblog.philippine.blogging.summit

Toy Convention 2013 Press Launching and Exhibit at Newport Mall

Newport Plaza , Newport Mall – Pasay City – Philippines

Newport Plaza, Newport Mall

Thousands of people from all walks of life troop to the main plaza within Newport Mall in Pasay City. Some of  participants came as far from Bicol , Pangasinan , Cebu and Davao .

life size statutes of action hero and villains were on display on the ground floor

life size statue of Predator

This life-sized statute of the Predator, A science fiction / horror film shown in 1987 is a crowd drawer , soliciting OH and AH’s .  I must say that base on the number of people taking picture . This is also the ” Most Photogenic ” .

LED staircase advertise the upcoming events

Superman impersonator

Mr. Joseph De Leon is a superman follower since he was a kid.  He started to impersonate Superman since November 2012 and he also collects toys , comics and other related items .

storm trooper from star wars

There was the parade of storm troopers by Philippine 501 , The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucas film.

Advocacy :

Aside from appearances in toy convention  and cosplay events . The group also  donates all proceeds to helping those who cannot help themselves, They prioritized children’s charity projects.

Website: http://pinoy501st.com/

Mr. Lyndon Gregorio with his recently published book VOCAbolero

Mr. Lyndon Gregorio-comic artist-writer for Beerkada is a well-known comic book illustrator and had published his latest work  VOCAbolero – I have bought a copy of his recent book and have it autographed during the event.

Mr. Micheal Jacinto ” Cholo” F. Manilin together with Ms. Kyla

Before the formal press conference started , There was a short program led by  emcee Mr. Cholo Manilin which  gave away  interesting ballers to the people who can answer the trivia correctly .  His first question ” What is the name of Superman’s pet dog ? ” Answer : Krypto – answered by Ms. Kyla

Mr. Manilin together with Ms. Claire

The second question : ” What is the name of the Biological Mother of Superman ? ” Answer :  ” Lara ”  answered by Ms. Claire

Mr. Cholo Manilin together with Mr. Joseph De Leon

His third trivia question ” Name at least 5  Superman Actors in Film  ” Answer : Kirk Alyn , George Reeves, Christopher ReeveBrandon Routh, Henry Cavill   – answered by  Superman impersonator – Mr. Joseph De Leon- He won a limited collector’s edition Philippine Batman comics.

Superman figurines and Bugs Bunny in a superman costume

angry birds head gear

Micheal Jordan figurines 1/6

Standing tall at almost 13 inches as it is based on Micheal Jordan’s  official height of 6’6’’, this limited edition model is from the toy maker’s “Real Masterpiece” collection – a range of accurately depicted, lifelike figurines that focuses on some of the most recognizable faces in the world. According to the exhibitor of the Micheal Jordan’s figurines , These are limited edition series with 2,000 pieces  manufactured .  400 pieces on 1/26, 400 on 1/27, 120 on 1/28, 120 on 1/29, 120 on 1/30,  120 on 1/31, 300 on 2/1, 300 on 2/2, 120 om 3/2). The price point is almost a steal as these collectibles are a great investment and will skyrocket in value because of demand and scarcity. They’re already going for triple or quadruple price in Ebay and other on-line stores ! About a thousand people lined up for the release on the first day in Hong Kong alone .

  There are between 30 to 50 Micheal Jordan figurine collectors in the Philippines !

organizers of the Toy Convention 2013

Hero channel – marketing executive Mr.  Albert Patrick Laroco and Mr. Cholo Manllillin

 Hero TV or sometimes called HERO ,  the first and only multi-genre all-Filipino dubbed anime channel in the Philippines. It was founded around 2005 under the Creatives Program Incorporated, a subsidiary of ABS- CBN channel 2. Its programming is composed primarily of Tagalog-dubbed anime aimed at young audiences.

cosplayers

Anime Face-OFF: TOYCON 2013 in partnership with HERO TV the event will be the venue for the Ultimate Hero Face-off Cosplay Battle competition, Now on its 4th year celebrates Filipino creativity through costume playing  , The TWO local winners  qualifies to participate in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan.

For those interested in joining , Please visit these sites:

http://www.myheronation.com/

http://www.animealliance.com/

http://ph.animealliance.asia/

Home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myheronation

Mr. Mark Cerezo

Mr. Mark Cerezo  loves toys and anime – according to him , He would use recycled plastics, rubber and other items from the leftovers of shoe factories in Marikina . He also had a group called ” Pinoy Malikhain ” which gives FREE puppet shows to indigent communities in Marikina and other areas.  He is also called ” Rubber Artist”  of Marikina City and he had been in many part of the world because of his unique cosplay character costumes ! He was  featured in a commercial of a well -known energy drink  which salutes Filipino Modern Heroes .

Media Coverage: I must say that Toy Mania at Newport Mall was well attended by media personalities from Kapamilya, Kapatid , Kapuso , Hero TV and I have seen a lot of bloggers which came in full force to support the event.

Mr. Mark Zambrano of GMA channel 7  together with Ms. Lizette Ilaga- Talent and Press Relations Manager ( Anime Alliance)

Co-Presentors:

The event is co-presented by Collectibles Unlimited , Hero TV, SM Megatrade Halls, sponsored by Maxi Collector , Toy Kingdom, Toy Empire, Warner Brothers Pictures and DC Comics. With special thanks to Big Boys Toy Store, Greta Toys, Revoltech, Nickelodeon , Comic Odyssey , Comicxhub, Buhawi Studio, CIIT, Oreo, Loctite, Mozilla and Resorts World – Manila.

Media Partners: ABS-CBN channel 2, 99.5 Play FM and supported by Anime Alliance , One Sixth Republic and Komikon .

Note :I would like to ” Thank”the organizers of the event . All photos are taken by the author.  

Celebrities lend helping hands at the Earth Day Jam 2013

9th Avenue corner 34th Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig-Philippines

concert stage

early birds gets the best place at the concert grounds

Earth Day Jam t-shirt  for sale- the proceeds of the sales goes to the Earth Day Foundation

Pilipinas Youth Environment  Network 

Kilus Foundation

Kababaihang Iisa ang Layuning Umunlad ang Sambayanan or KILUS   Foundation is an  all women organization consisting of 500 strong women force based on Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.The  primary objective is to help clean up mother earth and give livelihood to our less fortunate constituents.

bags made from recycled tetra packs juices and spaghetti sauce

Telefax: (632) 671-2834

Address: (Office & Showroom):
36 C. Santos St. Ugong, Pasig City 1604 Philippines
Address: (Branch & Showroom)
Tiendesitas Fashion Village Section
Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue, Corner C-5, Ugong, Pasig City Philippines

Website: http://www.kilus.org/

Mr. Ivan Mayrina ( White shirt ) a senior reporter/ anchor and host of GMA channel 7 and QTV channel 11 together with an Earth Day Jam participant

It was my first time as a writer/ blogger  to join the country’s longest-running environmental awareness concert for Mother Earth, Earth Day Jam, stages a brand-new environmental campaign, bringing on the critical global climate change issue straight to public’s doorstep. The FREE public concert started in Subic , Zambales as a small gathering of artists and environmental advocates 12 years ago.

Kalayo started the performance with a bang

Since then, the event had grown bigger with several host cities like ( Tomas Morato street)  Quezon City,  SM MOA – Pasay  and Fort Bonifacio Global City .

Ms. Lou Bonnevie- event organizer

The last time that i was able to join the Earth Day Jam  sometime in 2005  when the concert was held  in Tomas Morato street  in Quezon City. The concert started at around past 7:00pm . The  crowd swell to more than 6,000 by the time the concert started .

L-R program hosts Ms. Monica Llamas, Mr. Alvin Anson, Ms. Lou Bonnevie and Ms. Issa Litton

Ms. Gretchen Fullido of ABS-CBN channel 2

Featuring some of the country’s favorite rock bands like Rocksteddy, Callalily, Rivermaya, Sandwich, Moonstar 88, Ely Buendia’s new group called Oktaves with Nina,  Brownman Revival, Reggae Mistress, former 6Cyclemind frontman Ney, Lou, Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis with newbies Abra, Gracenote and Absolute Play.

Mr. Teddy Corpuz- singer/ vocalist of Rocksteddy

Earth Day Jam 2013, which has turned into a traditional annual venue for aspiring and established Filipino  pop artists over the years, is seeking to bring in more personalities to embrace the concert’s pro-environment campaign.

Booster Energy Drink

There are also around a dozen advocacy booths which promotes their advocates such as waste recycling , selling of t-shirts for the foundation and eco-friendly transportation .

DENR booth gave away free tree saplings

Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( DENR ) advocacy booth gave away FREE tree saplings for those who are interested in planting  tree seedlings in their backyard . The officials from the agency also gave away interesting leaflets , posters and booklets on how to save mother nature and the environment .

Reggae Mistress

Sponsors include  Department of Environment and Natural Resources , Smart Communications, Shell Philippines, Energy Development Corp., PCSO, PAGCOR with support from NLEX and Climate Change Commission, MYX, The Philippine STAR, Business World, Crossover and Radio High.

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Ross del Rosario for the warm invitation extended to us, Ms. Lou Bonnevie and Ms. Carol

All photos are taken by the author, to those people who would like to use the pictures for any purposes please link this site.

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