American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (Part 1)

Manila is known by travelers,expats,scholars earn several accolades such as “Pearl of the Orient”, “Paris of the East”, “Milan of the East”, ” Little Vatican”, “Venice of the East ” among others.

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old Spanish watch tower, Intramuros postcard

Philippine Postcards

Postcards in the country were distributed during the mid-19th during the Spanish colonial regime and were known as tarjeta postal, even until now by old time collectors. Early postcards, bear features of Spanish monarchs and it was only in the late 1890’s when photo type postcards were printed and distributed by stores within Escolta, Binondo, Intramuros and large cities.

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old Spanish wall printed by Photo Finishing Corporation, Manila

The Spanish government produced series in various printed denominations specifically for the country. Unfortunately thru time, revolutions, tropical weather, poor quality of the paper, printing quality available during that time. A lot of the postcards printed during this era barely survived. Early collectors would just put them on book shelves or any place. Most of the Spanish era postcards are hard to come by, even in specialized local bourse or club’s auction.

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Binondo canal

I have seen a handful of these trajeta postal mostly from specialized postcard collectors and bought 2 pieces Spanish -Cuban tarjeta postal printed around 1883 which bear the portrait of King Alphonso XII /Alfonso XII (pre-stamp). Some of the tarjeta postal printed in other Spanish colonies would also circulate in the country, since there are some Filipinos who lived and worked in those countries.  The country is under the Spanish crown, postcards printed in those countries may also been used in the country and coveted by some collectors.

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Insular Ice Plant postcard

Insular ice plant is one of the major building infrastructure built by the Americans in Manila.

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Manila Central Post Office in 1930

Manila Central Post Office used to be a horse stable and post office which serves the southern part of Manila during the last decade of the Spanish regime. The building depicted at the postcard was built from 1926 to 1930 under the supervision of Pedro Siochi and Company. The triumvirate of Ralph Harrington Doane, Tomas Mapua and Juan Arellano were the architects behind this magnificent building.

Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace

Malacañan /Malacañang Palace is another favorite subject in postcard and even  had a commemorative stamps issued during the commonwealth time. Several bookstores like Goodwill bookstore, National bookstore featured the palace during post war period.

American Regime

The Americans started printing new postcards and were quickly bought by American military personnel or service personnel that were stationed in the country.
Since travel to the country became easier with faster steam engine vessels and larger commercial steam boats which ply the islands. More and more postcards
with different interesting topics were printed.
manila cityhall
Manila Cityhall
The most popular were Manila carnival queens, ethnic groups, landmarks, public executions, people in filipiñiana costume among others.
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Calle Bagumbayan postcard
Some of the postcards were printed in the Unites States during the early part of the colonial regime, while some are printed in the country.
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Bureau of Science building
Bureau of Science is the precursor of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the American colonial regime. The building was  designed in 1901 by the first American resident architect Edgar Bourne.
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Bureau of Science building
The colonial government needed a laboratory to study and store the colony’s rich store of minerals, forest and agricultural products as well as manufactured goods like tobacco and rope. The California Mission-style Neoclassic building graced the PGH Complex off ,Taft Avenue until the war when it was destroyed.
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University of Santo Tomas– This pre-war postcard was probably printed around 1930. This is the newly built building at the Sampaloc campus.
Postal Card
Most businesses and the general public during the commonwealth regime would prefer using postal card. It is a type of postal stationary with pre-paid stamp affixed on the card.  These were classified under postal stationary of Philippine Islands under US Administration. Printed by the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving for use in the Philippine islands.
One can write short messages on the postal card and can be send very quick.
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postal card issued during the commonwealth era with 2 centavos face value
Postal cards had a very interesting story. A lot of the postal card were hidden during the Japanese occupation and were brought out when the American or Allied forces began liberating major cities , hence there are popular cancellation and slogan  marks.
Sometimes these bear overprint cancellation marks of “V Day” ( Victory Day) postal card of 1945, marking the return to power of the commonwealth from the Japanese which occupied the country.
These became popular souvenir items by Allied forces and American troops which were stationed in the country between 1944 to 1946. Approximately 250,000 American service and Allied forces were stationed in the country during this time period.
These type of postal card is commonly used by business, personal and quite popular even until the late 1960’s.

Sources and References:

Collins English Dictionary : Postal Card

Littrell, Robert, Ed; Postal Cards of Spanish Colonial Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, UPSS, 2010.

Personal interview from postcard collectors

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

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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

Mysterious Tree within Malacañang Palace Uprooted During Typhoon Rammasun

 

A century-old acacia tree within the Malacañang Palace was uprooted during the height of Bagyong Glenda (  International name: Typhoon Rammasun ) A photo taken by Malacañang’s chief photographer Mr. Gil Nartea was distributed to media outlets on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Typhoon Glenda placed the country capital under Typhoon Signal No. 3 packing winds up to 140 kilometers per hour. Similar scenes of felled trees were seen along the typhoon’s path.

Kalayaan Building before the typhoon struck

postcard with heritage trees

This acacia tree is said to have been planted within the place ground during the 1880’s and had survived the Spanish regime, American , Japanese occupation, post war period .

Kalayaan building was build during the commonwealth era

The century -old acacia is just one of the old trees within the palace grounds.  Some palace employees believed that the tree is mysterious and doing any harm to the tree may bring misfortunes.

It is very sad note to see this heritage tree uprooted . I hope that the palace gardeners had kept some seeds of this tree for eventual replanting.

 

 

Malacañang Palace sesquicentennial anniversary stamp

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

a 12- centavo carmine colored Malacañan palace stamp issued by the commonwealth government on November 15, 1939  – (The 3 denomination stamp  set consists of 2 centavo green, 6 centavo orange and 12 centavo carmine )

The stamp was issued to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Commonwealth government as posted by the Scott International Stamp Catalog  page 232.

The Malacañang Palace (Filipino: Palasyo ng Malakanyang), officially Malacañan Palace or simply “the Palace”, is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines. It is located along Pasig River, Governors-General Francis Burton Harrison and Dwight F. Davis built an executive building, the Kalayaan Hall, which was later transformed into a museum.

Palasyo ng Malakanyang sa Pampang ng Pasig issued on November 15, 1973

The stamp which was issued on November 15, 1973 featured President Ferdinand Marcos and Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos – the stamp was printed by Dela Rue ( England) with perforation 14.

First Day Cover with Malacañang Palace cache design and 3 piece stamp set

Denomination 15 sentimo -2,000,000 pieces , 50 sentimo – 4,000,000 pieces and 60 sentimo -4,000,000 pieces with First Day Cover design

souvenir sheet depicting palace

 Malacañang Palace was one of the national landmarks featured in the 10 member ASEAN countries commemorative stamp issuance in 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organization

Originally a summer house built by Spanish aristocrat Don Luis Rocha, the structure was sold to Colonel José Miguel Formente, and was later purchased by the state in 1825. Since then, Malacañang Palace had become the temporary summer residence of every Spanish governor of the country, and after the 1863 earthquake of Manila destroyed the Palacio del Gobernador  in Intramuros, the official residence.

150th Anniversary

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the official transfer of the governor general official residence to the present location.  The palace is one of the most featured landmarks  featured from the American colonial regime, Marcos regime, ASEAN commemorative stamps . The place is also feature in several  picture postcard  since the Spanish era , American and post war.  Aside from Stamp issuance and First Day Cover ( FDC), Philippine Postal Corporation is  planning to issue a limited -collector’s edition ( Malacañang Palace maximum card and postcard) to commemorate the special occasion.

 Malacañang Palace circa 2013 at Php 10.00 face value

Design:

The stamp feature a facade of the  Malacañang Palace viewed across the Pasig River and the Official Seal of the President of the Philippines. The commemorative stamps will be available at the Manila Central Post Office as well as all regional offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

Technical Description:

 Malacanan Palace 150 years Sesquicentennial
Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denominations and Quantity: Php10.00 / 500,000 pieces
Date of Issue: June 11, 2013
Last date of Sale: June 10, 2014 (as stocks allow)
Size: 44 mm x 25 mm
Perforation: 13 ½
Printing Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Designer: Presidential Communications Development
and Strategic Planning Office
Office of Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III
Lay out Artist: Jose Antonio A. Jayme
Design: Façade of Malacañang Palace by the Pasig River
With the government seal and text, “Sesquicentennial, 1863- 2013”

Website links:

Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Filipinas-Stamp-Collectors-Club/174703852540858

Philippine Postal Corporation: http://www.phlpost.gov.ph/web/

Malacañang Palace: http://www.president.gov.ph/