Eyeball of Postcrossing Philippines and 150th Anniversary of Postcard

Postcrossing Philippines had a lot of meet-up during the past few weeks. One of the biggest and most important eyeball or meet-up was held at the Manila Central Post office last October 19.

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The meeting also coincided with the monthly postal heritage and talks which was a joint project between Philippine Postal Corporation( Pilipinas Philately),Philippine Philatelic Federation, Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles, Walkwithchan and different cause- oriented stamp collecting groups.

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 postal heritage tour participants

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hundreds of postcards send

There were about 70 participants who join the short talk and tour, There were at least a dozen or so members who joined the eyeball. There were representatives from Business Mirror and bloggers.

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Mr. Isidro Tan ( Philippine Philatelic Federation member),Mr. Dojie Lutera ( President -Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club), Mr. Jimmy Ang (APO Philatelic Club),Mr. Eugene Siy also came and bought new stamp and postcard issuance at the Philippine Postal Corporation post shoppe.

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a participant together with Ms. Eunice

Got a chance to meet Dr. Venus Fortuna, She creates her own postcard and swap with fellow postcard collectors. Mr. Dennis Dy Kho joined in much later around past 11:00 am, But quickly disappeared.

It is quite rare for Philippine Postal Corporation to issue commemorative postcards for sale to the general public. The last was in 2013 which commemorated the 150th anniversary of Malacañang palace.

We already told Ms. Arlene our suggestion on the possibilities of issuing some postcards since there is a demand from postcard collecting groups, tourist and even in the international travel swap groups.

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The postcards will surely be a collectible material especially when issued by PHLPOST. They should also have a joint project with DOT and other attached government agencies so that their postcard issuance can be sold in tourist destination sites.

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150th Anniversary of Postcard

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The history of postcards started when Dr. Emanuel Herrmann, a professor of Economics in Vienna, suggested to his national postal service a means to streamline communications.

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There needed to be a cheaper, less troublesome alternative to letters. The Correspondenz-Karte, or correspondence card was first issued on 1 October 1869. He came to be known as the “Father of Postcards” through the official creation and implementation of this new system via the Austrian Post.

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Technical Description

Date of Issuance: October 19, 2019 Saturday

Kind of  Issuance: Commemorative

printed on special board paper with a matte finish

Graphic Artist: Mr. Rodine C. Teodoro (PHLPOST in-house artist)

Design: Dr. Emmanuel Herrmann , the inventor of the postcard on a copy of the first correspondenz-karte,

Size: 148mm x105 mm

Printing Process: Offset Lithography

Printer: Amstar Company Inc.

Quantity: 4,000 pieces

The postcard are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.

Highlights of the Postal Heritage Talks and Tour

Philippine Philatelic Federation in partnership with walkwithchan, heritage groups, Pilipinas Philately, Philippine Postal Corporation had a highly successful postal talks and tour held last saturday ( September 21) at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post office.

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Ms. Arlene Labao

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Tita Josefina Cura

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Ms. Abi Tarroza- postal tour specialist

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stamps, postcards, first day covers and book

Highlights

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participants admire the architectural details of the main post office

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main lobby

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participants looked at the display

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sorting of mail area

The highlights of the tour includes the participation of Urban Sketchers members who went to join the activity by sketching important architectural details of the post office. There were also a large group of students from Catholic Filipino Academy of Cubao, University of Santo Tomas faculties, Polytechnic University of the Philippines students , tourism guides and other cause oriented groups.

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Catholic Filipino Academy students together with their teachers group photo

Reader digest and eco bag were given to the early birds courtesy of Philippine Postal Corporation while stamp packs were given by Professor Micheal “Igue” dela Fuente and Mrs. Josefina T. Cura of the Philippine Philatelic Federation and founder of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club.

The next FREE postal talks and tour will be held next month October 19, 2019 saturday from 9:00 am to 12nn. Do not forget to bring your own water. Candies and biscuits for sharing with fellow participants and indigent children within Liwasang Bonifacio area.

Postal Heritage Tour and Talks

Philippine Philatelic Federation which is an NGO organization of several stamp clubs in partnership with PHLPOST, Pilipinas Philately ,WalkwithChan, Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles FB, Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and among other cause oriented stamp and postcard collecting group is inviting the general public, students, heritage advocates, stamp collectors and tourists to join this FREE guided tour, lecture and explore the historic Manila Central Post Office.

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Here are tentative schedule for September 21,2019 ( Saturday ): ( Manila Central Post Office main lobby )

8:50 am to 9:00 am registration and assembly
9:00 am to 9:10 am briefing by Mr. Rence Chan ( walkwithchan) games, trivia and on the spot raffle.
9:10 to 9: 30am – Ms. Arlene Labao- ( philatelic section )
9:30 am to 10:00am- Mrs. Josie Cura -special talks about philately and heroes .

10:00am to 11:45 am -post office tour, facilities, P.O. boxes, sorting of mails, proposed museum and gallery, post shoppe.

Parking space is at the left side portion of the post office beside the ( Postal Saving Bank/ OFW Bank) area.

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Last month several bloggers and vloggers like Finding Tom,LOLPhilosopher went to the tour.

Note: For the “Certificate of Attendance” please try to attend the activity and wait between 3 weeks to 1 month before claiming at the PHLPOST. Contact Persons: Ms. Abi Tarroza, Ms. Perla Goco or Ms. Arlyn Labao (02) 527-01-08 or 527-01-32 ( Mondays to Fridays ) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

King and Quen of Hearts stamp issued by PHLPOST for Valentine’s Day 2019

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) unveiled its “2019 King and Queen of Hearts Special Stamp” on February 1, 2019 ( SATURDAY).

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“Valentine’s Day or “Araw ng mga Puso” in the vernacular Filipino is celebrated worldwide annually on February 14. The romantic occasion is best celebrated by sending flowers, confectionery, or greeting cards, known as “Valentine’s card” to a special someone”, PHLPost said.

The celebration is not only for lovers, but also for married couples, old and young, and for singles searching for partners.

Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include hearts, doves, and cupid. This year’s stamp features the Filipino king and queen of hearts in national costumes to emphasize the Filipino way of celebrating the “Araw ng mga Puso” in the Philippines.

Stamps and Official First Day Covers of the “King and Queen of Hearts” will be available starting February 1, 2019 at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000,Ermita, Manila and all postal areas of PHLPost.

A Voyage to the Lunar Years thru Philately

Philippine Philatelic Federation in close partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST), Pilipinas Philately, members of the philatelic community and the general public witness yesterday January 21, 2019 ( Monday ) at past 3:00 pm the ribbon cutting and opening of the stamp exhibit held at the left wing of the main lobby at the Manila Central Post Office building.

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Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Alfredo Roxas, Mrs. Josifina T. Cura, Mr. Isidro Tan and PHLPOST employees

There are several exhibits on display which featured Chinese zodiac signs, animals. This also marked the start the kick off ceremony of the lunar new year.

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Mr. Alfredo Roxas and Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( PHLPOST Postmaster General )

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Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus ( president – Philippine Philatelic Federation)

In his address, He stress the importance of stamps and the role that it provide thru promotion of one country’s culture, arts, natural resources, flora, fauna and the long cultural ties that the country had with China.

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The zodiac sign on stamps started way back in Hong Kong in 1969 , when the crown colony started to issue commemorative Chinese zodiac sign to mark the lunar new year. It became an instant hit in the collecting community and many countries soon followed. He also reiterate the full support of the stamp collecting community.

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Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( PHLPOST postmaster general )

There are also education tours within the week with Ateneo de Manila grade school students  having the biggest contingent, Saint Scholastica’s College and among others.

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Phlpost employees, invited guests, foreigners, stamp collectors, bloggers and media covered the well attended event.

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l-r Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Luis Carlos (APMG for Marketing-PHLPOST)  Mr. Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Postmaster General Joel Otarra, Mr. Alfredo Roxas

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Mr. Dionisio Taeza all smiles with his exhibit

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Chinese zodiac sign year of the pig 2007 stamp issued by PHLPOST

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Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus together with visitors and foreigners

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main lobby left wing converted into a sit down area with catering services hosted by Philippine Philatelic Federation.

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turon and slices of fresh fruits like watermelon, papaya and cantaloupe

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local stamp collectors enjoyed the late afternoon meal

 Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles FB group together with Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour ( both NGO group) in cooperation with Philippine Philatelic Federation, Pilipinas Philately and PHLPOST will having a FREE stamp talk, operational tour and viewing of stamp exhibit at the main lobby this coming saturday, January 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn.

PHLPOST post shoppe will be open this saturday for those interested in buying the latest stamp issues. The stamp exhibit will run until saturday ( January 26). For those unable to catch the exhibit, There will be an exhibit to be held at Lucky Chinatown Mall next week until early February 2019.

There are about 150 participants, bloggers and vloggers who already pre-registered at the FB event page.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2288025434800582/