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Miss Universe 2015 Special Stamps to be Issued by PHLPOST

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

The Philippine Postal Office will release a commemorative stamp in honor of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2015- photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Philippine  Postal Communication office added that no member of the 8-person Philippine  Postal Corporation ( PHLPOST ) stamp advisory committee objected  the proposal when this was presented  to the committee  sometime late December 2015 of having a commemorative stamp for Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2015 in National Costume – photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Ms.Pia Wurtzbach will be the third Philippine title holder of Miss Universe to have a special stamp. The 2 former Miss Universes includes Ms. Gloria Diaz and Maria Margarita Moran .

Miss Universe 1969 and Miss Universe 1973 in a se-tenant stamps together with the old Miss Universe crown and 1994 Miss Universe logo

The last time PHLPOST issued a commemorative stamps for Miss Universe was May 1994 when Miss Universe was hosted in the country for the second time.  As of the press time , PHLPOST representatives were in talks with the Binibining Pilipinas Charity Incorporated franchise holder of Miss Universe in the country since 1964.

Miss Universe 1994 souvenir sheet

They are planning to launch the special stamp during her arrival anytime from January 23,to January 30 2015 .

 

 

 

Manilakbayan ng Mindanao : Justice for the Lumads and their Lands

Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita , Manila-Philippines

ethnic lumads proudly wore their native dress in protest

It is blazing very hot and humid when we conducted another round of Royal Postal Heritage Tour around the historic Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita within the historical and heritage district of Manila.

tribal photos and artifacts on display

We seldom got requests to conduct tour around the first sunday of the month . But this time , We got around a dozen people ( mostly students conducting their thesis writing project ) . I think it was the postponement of last month tour due to Typhoon Koppu ( Bagyong Lando ) that might have cause the spill over .  Unfortunately,  some of the students did not manage to come on their appointed time and day.

There were several hundreds of people , NGO groups, progressive party lists, heritage advocates and some government attached agencies ( NCCA)  at the Liwasang Bonifacio.

L-R Mr. John Paul Orallo, Ms. Bernadette David, Ms. Adelina M. Suemith (OIC- Executive Director NCCA ) Ms. Ay and Ms. Charisse Aquino-Tugalde ( Culture Aid Inc.)

I saw some familiar faces and NGO groups which were there at the historic plaza and took some time to read some of the leaflets .  According to one of the organizers of the peaceful camping and rally , they were given until November 12 by the local government.

Mr. Ryan Ang ( Kapatid TV channel 5 ) and Mr. Abner Mercado ( ABS-CBN channel 2)

Happy that bloggers and social media personalities are there to lend their support . I also saw television crews and reporter from ABS-CBN channel 2 and TV channel 5

Here are some of the Hidden Facts:

250 + leaders of communities and organizations are facing false criminal charges to silence their advocacies.

87 indigenous Lumads schools in Mindanao are suffering from various forms of military attack.

9 out of 10 Lumad children have no access to formal schooling .

20+ Indigenous paramilitary groups called Alamara, Magahat , Tribal Warriors , Bagani Force, BULIF , NIPAR, Black Diamond, Munggos , Delamance, etc… are unleashed by the AFP to sow division and terror in Lumad communities.

144 indigenous defenders , human rights activists in Mindanao have been victims of extra -judicial killings.

40,000+ Lumads have been forcibly displaced from ancestral domains due to militarization.

233 documented cases of human rights violations perpetrated against Lumad children.

1,000+ Lumad children have been affected  by the closure order of 3 community schools by the government despite the shortage of schools, classrooms and teachers in the Philippines

Note : I must say that until now , one of staunch environment advocate Mr. Leonard Co who died a few years ago in Leyte case still languish without real perpetrators being punish.

National Park’s 50th anniversary stamp- First GLOW in the Dark stamp in the Philippines !

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

The Philippine Postal Corporation issued  a commemorative stamp issue in the history of the Philippine stamp history. The stamp which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Parks Development Committee . The stamp was released last December 5, 2013. Unlike the usual stamp  that Philpost  release in the market  .  This stamp is the First “ GLOW in the Dark ” in the Philippines!!!!

Innovation:

space stamp ( 3-D hologram ) issued by Bhutan

This is  significant step toward attracting the younger stamp collectors who often marvel at the stamps issued by other countries . Some  countries have hologram , scented smell, textile fabrics embedded in stamp, gold embossed stamp, glow in the dark, glitters, plastic, 3-D , chocolate  flavored stamp and among others.  Avid Filipino and foreign  stamp collectors and memorabilia collectors would agree that it was a bold step .

The special stamps feature famous Belgian chocolate in its various delicious forms: sprinkles, chocolate, nutella, rough pieces and chocolate bars. This series of five stamps, intended for overseas mail issued for 500,000 pieces.

The technology is not” NEW ” at all, some countries have issued their GLOW in the DARK stamps years and even decades ago , Well at least the Philippines is making a bolder step to entice back  old stamp collectors and even new ones.  Kudos to the Philippine Stamp Advisory Committee members led by the current Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and the rest of the board.

Technology

glow in the stamps comes from a phosphorescent coating which makes it easy to see the stamp under ultraviolet light. The  phosphor compound called the taggant cannot be seen by the naked eye. The luminescent glow can also be fluorescent in nature. The main difference between phosphorescent and fluorescent is in how the glow or light is made visible. The former needs an excitation energy to emit the light while the latter does not. An excitation energy is an energy needed to change something  from a ground state to an excited state. In this case,  the UV light serves that purpose.

Origin :

Glow in the Dark  stamps are undoubtedly beautiful  but there was one compelling reason why the US Post Office Department chose to come up with these stamps during the 1950s. During that time, mail services were being heavily used and there was a need to find a way to sort and postmark mail a lot faster than how they were being done then. All mails used to be sorted by hand which was quite tedious and slow. The solution was provided by a private company through the “stamp glowing” process mentioned above which formed the foundation for tagging.

History:

 The National Parks Development Committed is a government agency that is tasked to oversee national parks in the Philippines.  It was established primarily for the purpose of developing and maintaining national parks specifically The Rizal Park (Luneta), Paco Park, the Pook ni Maria Makiling ( Laguna) and Burnham Park ( Baguio) ,  The NPDC  was established on January 14, 1963 by Executive Order 30 for the development of Quezon Memorial Circle, Luneta and other National Parks.  In 1964, the committee was then designated as the “National Parks Development Committee”.  It was attached to the Department of Tourism in 1987, providing fully developed and well maintained parks for wholesome recreation and socio-cultural education which contributes towards the enrichment of the national identity heritage.

First Day Cover with Luneta Park and Monument of Jose Rizal at the center with Php 20 stamp and cancellation

Design:

Areas of responsibility:  Rizal Park, Paco Park, Pook Olivia de Salamanca, Mabini Shrine, Pook ni Maria Makiling Park, Burnham Park.

Arts and Culture:  The Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal is a living memorial honoring the Philippines’ national hero.  It is lights and sound sculptural tableau of an open-air-theater presentation, featuring a 30-minute dramatization of Rizal’s final hours.

Concert at the Park:  a weekly public service of the NPDC.  It was primarily started to initiate the masses into the appreciation of classical music.  Held every Sunday at Rizal Park.

Ballet at the Park:  a cultural fare at Rizal Park.  The presentation is in cooperation with Ballet Manila which is held every Saturday at 5pm.

Paco Park Presents:  a musical presentation every Friday at 6pm at Paco Park.  The musical is aired nationwide in front of a “live” audience at PTV Channel 4.

Technical Description

Purpose of Issuance: Commemorative

Denomination: Php 20 per stamp

Type of Printing  Process : Litho Offset, Printed with Glow in the Dark Ink then Laminated

Printer: Amstar Printing Company

Singles -Sheets of 40

Perforation : 14

Quantity : Musical Dancing Water Fountain, Rizal Park  – Singles (55,000)

First Day Cover : 400 pieces

Cancellation : Manila

Date of Issuance: December  5, 2013 – December 13, 2014- Until stock allows

Availability : Manila Central Post office ( Philatelic Section )

Note: According to their website – The stamp is available in other major post offices nationwide.

Website:

Philippine Postal Corporation: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

2014 Year of the Horse on Philippine stamps

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

 2014 Year of the Horse -souvenir sheet- Php 80.00

Philippine Postal Corporation or PHILPOST issued a limited quantity of NEW YEAR Chinese Zodiac sign ( HORSE ) . The first time that Chinese lunar zodiac signs were printed by the local post office was in 1991 YEAR of the Monkey .

  In Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2014 is the Chinese Green Wooden Horse Year.  The New Year Day is on February 4, 2014 in China Standard Time.

There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses.

OVERALL: 2014 is predicted to be a relatively good year for Horse people, but it ia highly advised to practice being quiet and patient.

Chinese like Horses for many reasons.  Horse provides a good and fast transportation for people before automobile were invented  . It  can give people a ride to their destination . It can also carry some mails or beast of burden . Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.

First Day Cover on single stamps with Php 10 and Php 30 value

First Day Cover with souvenir sheet stamps total value Php 80.oo

Horses like to compete with others. They pursue their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. In Chinese Five Element Horoscope, Horse is connected to fire, red and heat. Also, horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, therefore. horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.

Technical Description:

Date of Issuance: December 2, 2013

                                  Printing Process: Litho Offset.

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Paper: Imported

Perforation :14

Singles, Miniature Sheets of 10;  Souvenir Sheets of 4

10p  Manigong Bagong Taon – Singles  quantity (55,000)

30p  Happy New Year – Singles  quantity (55,000)

Miniature Sheets of 10  (5,500)

  80p Souvenir Sheets of Four    (7,000)

Philippine Postal Corporation: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

Stamp Collector’s Night at the Manila Central Post Office

Manila Central Post Office lobby , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita – Manila , Philippines

Willard Cheng and FVR

former President Fidel Valdez Ramos together with ABS-CBN channel 2 Malacanang Palace correspondent Mr. Willard Cheng ( now stamp ambassador)

I heard several weeks ago about the plan of the Philippine Postal Corporation to invite stamp collectors,  stamp bloggers , media and stamp enthusiasts for a get together ” salu-salo ” at the Manila Central Post Office.

Philippine postcard 136

L-R Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Willard Cheng, Mr. Alfonso Cruz and Ms. Lourdes Watiwat

The  initiative was through the office of Postmaster Maria Josefina ” Josie”  dela Cruz and Philpost President Ceasar Sarino .  It was one BIG momentous occasion . The get- together aimed to foster the bonding ties between private collectors and the Philpost.

Jonathan Blaza together with Josie dela Cruz

Mr. Jonathan  J. Blaza together with Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz

Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza is a blogger, post-crossing ambassador , bird enthusiast ,  orchid ,  postcard and stamp collector.

It was last week when i got a verbal invitation from the Philatelic section through Mr. Vic Serevo ( Philatelic Designer ). While i was purchasing some tricycle stamps.

Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz with stamp collectors and war veteran

two war veterans ( left side ) together with Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus,  Josie dela Cruz , Mr. Ceasar Sarino and Mr. Willard Cheng

 A more formal invitation from Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus ( stamp advisory committee member  and board member of various stamp clubs ) was printed in a small piece of paper , which he personally distributed during the monthly meeting of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club last November 17, 2013.

Mr. Lawrence Chan, Willard Cheng and Alfonso Cruz

L-R Mr. Lawrence Chan , Mr. Willard Cheng and Mr. Alfonso Cruz

I  got  another invitation via email ,  Surprisingly from the head of the Philatelic section on November 18, 2013 MONDAY afternoon.  Rarely got any email correspondent from the Philatelic head  .  In particular , the much needed TECHNICAL information about the stamp issuance which is very vital in the information dissemination and PUBLIC information.  I was just amazed that she managed to send an invitation this time.

Mr. Willard Cheng with Students

Mr. Willard Cheng together with on the job trainees students

–  On Tuesday November 19,  After after buying some FDC’s and stamps  at the Philatelic section . Most of which are ordered by my friends, relatives and swap mates in different parts of the world. I again re-confirm my attendance on this special night.

former president Fidel V. Ramosformer President Fidel Valdez Ramos

 The event took place when  former President Fidel V. Ramos arrived at the lobby of the Manila Central Post Office at around past 6:00pm. All eyes and ears were  on him. He is a respected statesman , military officer ,  shell , book and stamp collector too! He is also vital for the passage of several laws which helped the Philippine Postal Bank and the Postal System of the country.

He wanted a postal system and stamps to be at par with “World Class” since there are also foreign stamp collectors which specializes in Philippine stamps.

Ms. Carrie together with Mr. Willard Cheng

Mr. Willard Cheng together with Ms. Macaria J. Leonardo- head of the Postage and Metered Machine Division and other colleagues

Collectors' Night Naga Philatelic Club and Quezon Philatelic Society members

It is also amazing how stamp collectors from different part of the country manage to come to the affair with such a short notice.

Stanley Chi together with his wife and Mr. Ceasar Sarino

Mr. Stanley and Mrs. Siu  and  Mr. Ceasar Sarino standing at the middle

The members of Quezon Philatelic Society had to travel more than 5 hours just to attend this affair. According to Mr. Stanley Siu – They were stuck  at the SLEX north bound area for about 1 hour.  While  some members of the Naga Philatelic Club arrived past 7:00pm .

Bangon Antique

Mr. Jong Caytiles a stamp collector  makes a pitch for ” Bangon Antique “

Mr. Dione ” Jong ” Caytiles a stamp collector who works for an international banking institution  makes a pitch for his province .

Santi Fernandez ,Mr. Santi Fernandez , Ms. Josie dela Cruz and Mr. Willard Cheng

Mr. Santi Fernandez is a young stamp collector studying at the Angelicum College ( home school) in Quezon City  . He only started collecting stamps, FDC’s and letters just a few months ago but he is not new to the field of collecting. He also collects coins, paper bills and some object d’ arts. He became aware of stamp collecting from his father , uncle and aunt .

Mr. Jimmy Ang

Mr. Jimmy Ang holding  several FDC’s  at the back of  former president Fidel Valdez Ramos

Mr. Jimmy Ang is the current President of the APO Philatelic Club. He had one of the most number of FDC ‘s , books, memorabilia that he brought to be autographed by former president.

Mr. Nemensio Miranda together with President Ramos

Mr. Nemensio Miranda  presented  his self sketch portrait to former President Fidel Ramos

Mr. Robert Tan

Mr. Robert Tan – President of the Philippine Philatelic Federation

One of the highlights of the evening was awarding Filipino philatelists which brought international honors to the country during the Thailand World Stamp Exhibition Mr. Robert Tan  exhibited entitled  Philippines 1854-1877 (Pre-U.P.U. Era)
Award: Vermeil and another entry

China Pre-UPU Era
Award: Large Vermeil

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus

Philippine Postal Activities
during Japanese Administration 1941-1945
Award: Vermeil

Mr. Alfredo RoxasMr. Alfredo Roxas

Mr. Alfredo Roxas is a long time stamp collector and Philippine stamp dealer . His clientele are stamp wholesalers from different parts of the world. His international participation helps promote Philippine stamps .

Dr. Ngo Tiong TakDr. Ngo Tiong Tak

Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak is  well-known for  his publication on Philippine Stamp Catalog ,   stamp advisory committee chairperson ( Philpost )  for more than 10 years. He is also an TB Seal stamp advisory member.

dessertsdifferent kinds of sweets and pastries

Barbaras Barbaras waiters and staffs

Everyone were treated to a sumptuous dinner party where Postal employees and officers have a light conversation with well-known stamp collectors as well as  the new generation stamp collectors. Some of them took an early leave just to attend this historical ( RARE ) occasion. Thanks for the invite !

Philippine tricyles on stamp featured by Philpost

Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila -Philippines

passenger type tricycle

Motorized tricycles are a common means of passenger transport everywhere in the Philippines, except on busy major highways and very busy city streets, where they are used as public utility  vehicles either plying a set route or for-hire.

After the iconic jeepney, Philippine tricycle is the most popular mode of transportation in the urban areas as well as the rural areas.

Most of the tricycle ply the smaller side streets , subdivision areas which the road or streets are too narrow for any public transportation can reach.

Passenger :

Most  are built around an imported, mostly Japanese  motorcycle. One variety has a cab completely enclosing the motorcycle and rider. These accommodate three to four passengers and luggage or boxes can be placed on the roof. A passenger sits next to the driver and up to three passengers can be seated in two bench seats in a compartment behind the rider and front seat.

The  passenger type -tricycle became popular along secondary routes in the 1960’s . Each town had a particular design .

Usually one or two passengers can ride behind the driver and two to six or more in the side car depending upon the design. Some tricycles can fit 9 passengers.

souvenir sheet

Stamp :

There are some stamp collector which proposed the idea of Philippine tricycle featured on stamps. However it was Mr. Benjamin Respico a stamp collector from Mindanao who proposed the idea and send some pictures of  tricycles .

The 4 designs

1.) Tricycle from Cabadbaran 2.) Tricycle from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, 3.) Tricycle from Ozamiz City 4.) Tricycle from Bukidnon

Technical Description :

Kind of Issue : Topical

Perforation : 14

Denomination and Quantity: P10.00 ……..150,000 (4 designs)

Printing Process   : Litho – Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet : P40.00 ……5,000

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Date of Issue                              : November  11, 2013

Printer                                     : Amstar Company, Inc.

Last day of sale                         : November  12, 2014 (as stock allows)

  Layout Artists                                       : Jose Antonio A. Jayme, Victorino Serevo

Sheet Composition                                  : 12 (3 x 4)

Size of stamp                             : 40 mm. x 30 mm.

Size of Souvenir Sheet              : 130.18 mm. x 75.14 mm.                                                                  Photos                                    : Provided by Mr. Benjie Respicio

Designs                                      : Stamp 1 –  Tricycle from Cabadbaran

Stamp 2 –  Tricycle from Tricycle from Puerto Princesa

Stamp 3 –  Tricycle from Ozamis City

Stamp 4 –   Tricycle from Bukidnon

The quantity for the souvenir sheet is printed very low at 5,000 pieces

First Day Cover with stamp  : 400 pieces

Date of Issuance: November 12, 2013 or 11-12-13 which is a 3-day consecutive number deemed auspicious by feng shui and numerologist

Philippine Postal Corporation: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/index.php

Historic Flagpole within the Philippine Postal Corporation compound

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

Manila Central Post Office with tranvia  and a flag pole circa 1930’s

History tell us a lot of  stories and historical moments . One such historical spots within the Philippine Postal Corporation is the flag pole or flag post area.

Local philatelists , History buffs and  Philpost employees would recount a lot of VIP’s visiting  within their premises  from national artists ,  ambassadors, government secretaries ,  first ladies , presidents among others.

Manila Central Post Office , Insular Ice Plant , Escolta and Aerial View of Manila circa 1931 from the photo archives of the Philippine Postal Corporation

General Mac Arthur during the final days of the second world war would also inspect the Philippine Postal Corporation compound . Old World War 2 videos  found in the internet sites would also reveal a lot of hounding stories of the last world war .

WW 2 Japanese War Crimes – Manila link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33SFZc2Xy-Y

Manila Central Post Office circa July 14, 1946

This is the  Plaza Lawton aka Liwasang Bonifacio during the military troop review with the old flag pole . The old flag pole used to be located beside the building.

Liwasang Bonifacio and Manila Central Post Office in the 1950’s photo credit Mr. John Tewell

But this is just a story,  without any photos or person who would chronicle these auspicious occasion most of the stories are just a moment in passing.

photo from the personal collection of the author

Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino together with former President Diosdado Macapagal along with prominent opposition leaders held a rally within the flag pole on August 21, 1984 one year after the death of Senator Benigno Aquino.  In this photo : Senator  Lorenzo Tañada , Jovito Salonga, UP Dean Armando Malay and former President Diosdado Macapagal  Not seen anymore because they have already spoken were Jose Diokno, Ramon Mitra, Francisco Soc Rodrigo, Salvador Laurel, Student Leader Lean Alejandro.  Concerned Artists of the Philippines included among others Directors Lino Brocka and Behn Cervantes

current flag pole in front of Philippine Postal Corporation

From the time the historic building was built in 1926  countless of historical figure were able to visit the compound. But unlike the former location of the flag pole in the 1930’s . The present flag pole is located in the middle of the building.

flag raising ceremony held at the Philippine Postal Corporation flag pole

After more than 27 years,  President Benigno Simeon Aquino – the son of former President Corazon Cojuangco -Aquino visited the same flag pole and led the flag raising ceremony on the same spot where his mother and other opposition leaders stood the grounds and held a big rally which hundreds of thousand of people had witness .

Liwasang Bonifacio

This was the same plaza and the flag pole a few minutes after the flag raising activities .

References :

Bibliography : The Greatest Democracy Ever Told ” People Power by Kyodo Printing Company 1986 page 40 to 41

Lorenzo M. Tañada : website : http://www.lorenzomtanada.org/05tanada01.html

Wiki . iraia: http://wiki.iraia.net/mw/index.php?title=Decline_and_fall_of_the_Marcos_dictatorship