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World Architecture Day Celebrated by United Architects of the Philippines-Makati Chapter with a Walking Tour

World Architecture Day 2017 and World Postcrossing Day 2017 was celebrated by the United Architects of the Philippines-Makati chapter together with stamp , postcard collectors, students and members of the organization.

The walking tour covered the Manila Central Post Office in which started with a short presentation was presented by employees of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST ) and members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Philippine Philatelic Federation.

The tour was in cooperation with WalkwithChan , Intramuros Administration, Escolta Commercial Association Incorporated with some bloggers and photographers who attended the walking tour despite the heavy rains. The event started with registration around past 8:30 am at the PHLPost main lobby.

Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus -Philippine Philatelic Federation ( president) and Phlpost stamp advisory council representative was also there and provided some insights on stamp collecting.

Historical Building and Postal Sytem

Philippine Postal Corporation   The Philippine postal system has a history spanning over 250 years. The first post office was established in the city of Manila in 1767. It was organized under a new postal district of Spain in 1779, encompassing Manila and the entire Philippine archipelago. In 1783, the postal service was organized in the Philippines-overseas mail from the Philippines was conveyed to Europe by Spanish ships via eastbound routes through Mexico. Later on, the postal district was re-established on December 5, 1837. After a year, Manila became known as a leading center of postal services within Asia. Spain joined the Universal Postal Union in 1875, which was announced in the Philippines two years later.

During the Philippine Revolution, President Emilio Aguinaldo ordered the establishment of a postal service to provide postal services to Filipinos during that time. On September 5, 1902, it was organized as a bureau under the Department of Trade (currently known as Department of Trade and Industry) by virtue of Act No. 426, which was passed by the Philippine Commission. The Philippines finally joined the Universal Postal Union in January 1, 1922 as a sovereign entity.

The Manila Central Post Office Building, the center of the Philippine postal services and the headquarters of then-Bureau of Posts, was completed in 1926. It was destroyed during World War II (1945) but was rebuilt in 1946, after the war.

The Manila Central Post Office located at LiwasangBonifacio is a neo-classical building designed by two American architects and a Filipino namely: Ralph Doane, Tomas Mapua, and Juan Marcos de Guzman Arellano. The Post Office Building was considered as the grandest building during its time, and is now considered as one of the dominating landmarks in Metro Manila.

Ms. Arlene Labao-Project Officer for the Philately Collection & Museum Division

Architect Miko Carandang the chapter president was also present and gave certificate of recognition to the resource persons.

sorting of mails and postcards at the second floor of the Philippine Postal Corporation

The author ,Ms. Arlene Labao-Project Officer for the Philately Collection & Museum Division ,  Sir Rey from the Engineering Dept., and PHILPOST Business Lines Department Manager, Sir Max Sta. Maria III during a courtesy call last October 10, 2017 

The highlight of the tour was the pinpointing the historical parts of the post office , architectural details , sorting of mails and sending of letters and postcards.

The walking tour was successful and the organization is looking forward with some projects in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation.

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2nd Stamp Collector’s Night at Manila Central Post Office

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

L-R Mr. Ceasar Sarino, Mr. Willard Cheng , Senator Grace Poe -Llamanzares and Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

November is traditionally celebrated all over the country as ” National Stamp Collectors’ Month ” It is a time where stamp , letter and postcard collectors celebrate the entire month on the big role that Philippine Postal Corporation is playing .  Stamp issuance which promotes art, culture, history , events, flora, fauna and other related events.

Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby

During the 1950’s to 1960’s,1970’s , 1980’s and even up to the early part of the millennium,  different stamp clubs would have a lot of activities held to commemorate the event. There are lectures, stamp competitions, exhibitions , guided tours and swap meets where young and old collectors share their passion.

Quezon Philatelic Society members

I would remember attending events hosted by different stamp clubs – years ago and stamp collectors would be very busy sharing their stamp collections to the public.  Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos declares the month of November as National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM). President Fidel V. Ramos is an avid stamp collector and started collecting stamps during his teens.  Thus he was one of the special guests of honor during last year’s celebration. In a Presidential Decree 490 during the time of President Marcos – He proclaimed November 24 to 30, 1968 as National Philatelic Week.

Mr. Carlos Co and Engineer Ranjo

Here are some of the events that Philippine Postal Corporation will be doing for the entire month:

Pope Francis traveling exhibit with mysteries of the rosary- each beads contain a religious stamps or an event related to a religious event.

However missing in the beads are the 1937 Eucharistic Congress commemorative stamps

Pope John Paul 2 exhibit

Among all the current Popes, Pope John Paul 2 had probably the most number of stamp issuance in almost all post offices in the world. Philippine Postal Corporation had issued several Pope John Paul 2 stamps .

Traveling Exhibits:

With this year’s celebration carrying the theme “PHLPost: Going Beyond Tradition,” highlights of the occasion include the opening of the Papal Exhibit Preview of Pope Francis Souvenir sheet to be held at the Manila Central Post Office (November 10 to 14), Manila Cathedral (November 17 to 21), University of Santos Tomas (November 24 to 28). The exhibit showcase the stamps issues which commemorates Papal Visits to the country.

Stamp Launching:

There are several stamps which will be issued by the corporation this month, This includes 2014 Christmas stamps,On November 7 and 8, respectively, will be the launching and presentation of Waterfalls Stamps, in Tinuy-an Bislig City, Surigao del Sur,  Tindog stamp to commemorate and thank the local and international community  with their help during last year’s Typhoon Haiyan aka Yolanda destruction in Visayas region.

ASEAN stamp design contest winners

The First Place – Mr. Arnaldo C. Ramirez  Jr. of Laguna , Second Place – Mr. Rommer Fajardo from Imus , Cavite and Third Place – Mr. Fangon Tadeo IV of Bustos, Bulacan

First Place Winner- ASEAN Stamp Design contest

The winners of the ASEAN stamp design contest will have a chance to have their winning featured in the stamps- They also got Php 5,000 cash, Php 3,000 and Php 2,000 plus a certificate

First Place Winner- Pope Francis stamp

Unveiling ceremonies of the winners of ASEAN stamp design contest “One Asean Stamp Design Contest (winning design will be sent to Thailand as the Philippine Official Entry to the “Joint Issue of ASEAN Community Commemorative Stamp”), Pope Francis commemorative stamps to be issued by January 2015 . There are 4 winners – 2 professionals and 2 amateurs/ students

unveiling of the 160th anniversary commemorative stamp( FIRST STAMP of the Philippines -Queen Isabel 2 )

closer-view of the commemorative stamps and souvenir sheet

The 160th anniversary commemorative stamp of the FIRST Philippine stamp issued in 1854. It seems that all the stamps issuance would keep stamp collectors very busy collecting them for a while.  I will try to elaborate of these different stamp issuance in my upcoming posts and articles.

NEW POSTAL ID:

Philippine Postal Corporation will be issuing  a brand new Postal ID system with brand new security features . It can also be used to apply for other government IDs. There are scheduled traveling dates in which the public can apply at their regional post offices.   We hope that this brand new security features does not include the increase of the application rates.

Letter Writing Contests:

There will also be the letter writing contest “Salamat Po Letter –Writing Caravan” for elementary and high school students from all over the country.

Partners’ Night:

This is like an appreciation night for all the business partners , suppliers and corporate customers that the corporation is handling.

Stamp Collectors’ Night:

Ms. Elvira Yap Go

Ms. Elvira Yap-Go- President, AnakTV Foundation, Chairman Promotion and Publicity, 51st International Eucharistic Congress  was also there during the stamp collectors’ night. She had a weekly program on NBN channel 4 and the chairperson of the  Columbia International Food Products, Inc (makers of Potchi candy) . The candy corporation was established in 1937.  I had a privilege of chatting with her and she gladly signed an autograph .

Website: http://iec2016.ph/the-official-logo-of-the-51st-international-eucharistic-congress/

Quezon Philatelic Society members,    together with Mr. Willard Cheng and DZMM Sky patroller  Mr. Ricky Velasco and  Mr. Dionne Taeza from Cavite ( far right )

I am quite fortunate to be one of the several stamp collectors invited by to the collectors’ night.   I have seen a lot of familiar faces and well-known personalities during the event.  The biggest contingent was from Quezon Philatelic Society headed by Mr. Stanley Siu which traveled more than 4 hours from Quezon province.

Mr. Willard Cheng was also given a token of appreciation by PHLPOST for being a stamp ambassador and his promotion of the hobby. He is an ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter and have been collecting stamps since he was 8 years-old.  I have met him on several occasions when he was still a student and if my calculation is right , He must been a stamp collector for at least 20 years!

ceremonial autograph signing

Mr. Willard Cheng , Mr. Ricky Velasco and the author

Mr. Ricky Velasco is another ABS-CBN channel 2 ,DZMM reporter and sky-patroller .  When i was holding a postcard of Tacloban , Leyte with some stamps , He told me that his daughter is also a stamp and a postcard collector , I quickly asked her name and i told him that we belong to the same facebook community page which collect , exchange and swap postcards .

Mr. Marc Christian Paul Ison being interviewed by a local television station

I have again met some younger stamp collectors like Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza and his student which eventually became a stamp collector, another is Mr. Marc Christian Paul Ison which also actively promotes philately to his students and amateur stamp collectors.

 stamp collectors and PHLPOST employees quickly take the opportunity to let Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares signed an autograph

Related link to last year’s Stamp Collector’s Night: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/stamp-collectors-night-at-the-manila-central-post-office/

Note: Stamp Collectors’ Night is not just one day affair to remember, BUT this is a year-long commitment.  PHLPOST role is not just to cater the local stamp community but  the entire world.  There are still BIG shoes to fit- in and there are still some problems that needed to be address properly .

Miss Megan Lynne Young -Miss World 2013 visits Philippine Postal Corporation

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

L-R Ms. Cory Quirino ( National Director- Miss World Philippines )  , Miss Megan Lynne Young and Postmaster General  Maria Josefina Dela Cruz at the facade of the Manila Central Post Office

Miss World 2013 Megan Young was early for her appointed time and had to wait for several minutes inside the car . I salute her for being on time!!!!

Ms. World 2013 with a bouquet of flowers

The stamps , souvenir sheets and First Day Covers were issued last February 24, 2014 which enable stamp , memorabilia , missosologist ,  Megan Young fans , School alumni, Miss World collectors bought the  issuance. After all it not everyday that you can see a Filipina winning an international title.

L-R Hon. Postmaster General  Maria Josefina Dela Cruz, Ms. Megan Young and Ms. Cory Quirino – Miss World- Philippines National Franchise – Director

Not all winning countries in the Miss World pageant will automatically issue a commemorative stamps and First Day Cover  . Asian countries  like India which won Miss World 5 times, 1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000 , Israel 1998 , China 2007 and 2012 did not issue any commemorative stamps .

Ms. Megan Lynne Young holding a stamp souvenir sheet

Being a momentous occasion,  All  stones must be left unturned . It is not everyday that an international beauty queen and Miss World organization visit an institution like Philippine Postal Corporation.

We got some call coming from the outgoing president of the Philippine Philatelic Federation ( umbrella organization of all recognized stamp clubs by Philpost in the country )  last Friday ( March 21,2014) calling  its members to attend the stamp re-launching and autograph signing opportunities .

stamps and first day cover mounted on a frame

We were told that the stamp launching will be held at the main lobby of Philpost and autograph signing will commence after the ceremony. Even up to the last Sunday ( March 23, 2014)  no concrete time, program and even words coming from the Corporate Communication Affairs of Philpost on the whereabouts of the stamp launching.

long queues of people and on-lookers , most are Philpost employees

It was like a guessing game for all of us, even with the advent of Facebook , Twitter , It did not help that much. I need to tag several friends from Philpost and try to ask them some details up until the last minute , When lo and behold the head of the Corporate Communications made some necessary announcement!

 Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and CEO, Philpost President Ceasar Sarino , Board members  , Philpost AMPG’s and Miss World 2013 Megan Lynne Young in a ceremonial autograph signing ceremonies held at the main lobby of Philpost

  Have no problem with any morning time schedule. I had to shove -off several appointments to early afternoon just to come and even write-a couple of articles  about the stamp re-launching and autograph signing .

jam-packed venue with hundreds of people, stamp collectors, media and invited guests

The main lobby can accommodate several hundred of people and thus pose no problem with any stamp launching.  My blogger friends , some stamp  and memorabilia collectors were already there several hours before the launching time . A stamp collector with his wife had to travel from Las Piñas all the way to Philpost just to attend the event. 

 

 L-R  Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Ms. Megan Young and Mr. Ceasar Sarino

I saw a mother and a young daughter who  queue for the line just to see and let Ms. Megan Young autograph ! According to the mother , her daughter inspiration is Ms. Megan Young and they have to wake -up early just to see Miss World 2013 in person and let her sign the autograph ( They ended-up with nothing ! )

registration list

There were some sort of pre-registration process where Philpost staffs and employees got our names , address and contact information- according to them, Those first 50 buyers of First Day Covers and stamps will be prioritized for the meet and greet, photo opportunity and autograph signing !  I hope those valuable information would not be sold to some multi-level marketing or credit card companies which would send some letters and advertising materials once in a while.

Miss Megan Young at the Manila Central Post office facade

 The long queues of line seems broken when Ms. Megan Young was escorted outside .  We queue again for the second time, thinking that the autograph signing will be held at the main lobby . Finally, people had a mad rush at the third floor when someone from the  Marketing Section and Corporate Communication Affairs office announced that there will be a press conference at the 3rd floor within the BOC office.

L-R Mr. Steve Douglas (Event Director, Miss World Ltd.) , Ms. Cory Quirino ( Miss World Philippines National Coordinator), Ms. Megan Young ( Miss World 2013 ) and Ms. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz ( Postmaster General and CEO – Philippine Postal Corporation )

   There was a staff of the Corporate Communication office which keeps on shoving- us off as if we were just on-lookers! It seems like he was clueless on how to handle a crowd and invited guests.  He also gave a Miss World 2013 souvenir sheet to a person with large camera thinking that he was a member of the media. LOL ( Ikaw koya, mukhang lahat ata ng mga taong may dalang DSLR akala mo MEDIA ! )

group photo with Miss World -Philippines board members, Mr. Steve Douglas- Miss World event manager and Philpost officials

 Luckily, I knew someone from the Corporate Communication office who seems to be there long enough to know who are the legitimate writers and even bloggers.

 Ms. Macaria J. Leonardo ( postage and metered services division )

During the press conference, I was lucky to be given the opportunity to ask a simple but hard question.  ” Is  there is a BIG chance of the country to host the Miss World pageant within this year or next year? ”  . Mr. Steve Douglas -As far as the Miss World organization is concern , the pageant is going to be held in London, England -But with recent developments and rebuilding due to Typhoon Haiyan and the WE Hope and GOD Willing”  .  There was 100% record increase in Tourism in a lot of countries which hosted the Miss World pageant ! – There is still High Hopes !-  Event Director of Miss World .

Philip Reyes- my blogger friend , stamp , postcard  collector and free thinker member

 During the press conference, Ms. Cory Quirino –  Miss World -Philippines ( National Franchise Director ) announced:    “We just received a letter of endorsement from Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez giving us 100 percent support to host the Miss World pageant here , the endorsement was forwarded to the office of the President .  From there we are going to move forward, so abangan ang susunod na kabanata (wait for the next chapter). ”

Congressman Eric Olivarez  First District of Parañaque file a resolution in the house which endorses the hosting of Miss World 2014 . BUT we still have to wait a little more for more concrete reports  .

 the author together with Ms. World 2013

Please visit the related link for the complete information about Miss World 2013 stamps , first day cover: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/miss-world-2013-megan-lynne-young-stamps-released-by-philpost/

Facebook Page of PHLPost : https://www.facebook.com/PHLPost

Note: Finally , We were able to let Miss World 2013 Megan Lynne Young sign our first day cover and It is like a quest for the elusive Miss World 2013 crown which ended with all the traveling hours spend , queuing of lines, mad- rush going to the 3rd floor,  shoving -off incidents ,  guessing game style, last minute preparation and information .  All story that ends well ( parang Cinderella story LOL) . Unfortunately there were some stamp collectors and souvenir hunters which went home without a single autograph and i pity the mother and daughter tandem , Mr. Bobet Coyoca and Mrs. Chisten Mary Coyoca from Las Piñas  which braved the queuing lines just to get the autograph of the reigning Miss World 2013.  Pero sadly umuwing luhaan !

Lesson Learned :  We hope in the coming months ,  especially those departments, sections, and media affairs that were actively involve in this stamp re-launching, photo opportunity and autograph event  , to make it more orderly as possible, nakakahiya sa mga non-Philpost employees at mga public kung labo-labo ang pag-pila.

Last note: We heard that the emcee said in front of the live audience , that Ms. Megan Lynne Young stamps is the second living person in the Philippines to be featured in stamps. Well, Please do more researches in Philpost archives or library . Or simply try to ask your favorite duktor or some real stamp collectors  about those facts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippine Philatelic Club holds meeting and auction

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

browsing

The Philippine Philatelic Club was resurrected by its members and new board of directors.  It is an non-governmental organization , non-stock and non- political organization  which mainly focuses on the promotion of stamp, coin and ephemera  collecting  among its members .  The club was founded in 1937 which celebrates  its 77th year in 2014.

items to be auction-off

The club auction listing was patterned after BNSP and PNAS style with a lot of congratulatory greetings and advertisement .

Mr. Fernando ” Boy” Francisco conducting an auction

Some older philatelists and collectors would recall that the club used to attract hundreds or even thousand of collectors during their heydays . It also used to rival the Asocacion  Filatelica de Filipinas  founded in 1925 .

Philippine Republic Stamp: http://philphilately.blogspot.com/2012/12/1952-aurura-quezon.html

Link: http://www.theipps.info/bibliography/AFF-Yearbook-1955.pdf

 

map of Manila

Some philatelists say that the club conduct some meetings up to the mid 1989 and early 1990’s . But by the time i joined some stamp clubs in 1994, PPC is almost unheard off.

Philippine Philatelic Club auction listings

There were 688 items that was auction-off during the inaugural meeting  The club finally held their meeting / auction after more than 20- years  of complete dormancy.

I have invited a couple of stamp collectors and blogger in order to give some support the the club.

 The auction started a bit late ( past 2:00pm)  and there were some items that were not properly labeled.  Generally, the meeting went smoothly , but there is still a big room to fill !

The expectation is high since it is considered as one of the oldest -known stamp clubs in the country. We hope that the so-call revival by its current board of directors will not be ONE TIME BIG TIME event .

Note: I bought some items during the event , hopefully the club will be able to conduct regular monthly meeting in order to promote philately and collecting!

Philippine Philatelic Club

Board Members 2014- 2015

President : Mr. Fernando ” Boy ” Francisco Jr.

Vice President : Mr. Winthrop ” Willie ” Espanol

Secretary : Mr. Thomas ” Temboi ” De Guzman Jr.

Treasurer : Mr. Rogelio ” Roger ” Quistol

P.R.O : Datu Alex Panomblayan

Adviser : Mr. Peter Sy and Atty. Jose M. Escano

Honorary Members: Hon. Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

 

 

Year of the Horse 2014 ( Gold Foil ) Stamp Launching at the Philpost

3rd Floor, Manila Central Post office- Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila, Philippines

Year of the Horse 2014 ( Gold Foil embossed ) edition

I got a call from Philippine Philatelic Federation outgoing president Mr. Robert Tan about the stamp unveiling ceremony a day before ( January 29, 2014 ) ” Year of the Horse – Gold Foil” edition launching .  The event will coincide  on the eve of the  Chinese New Year 4711 which celebrates the coming of  ( Year of the Horse ) .   I do not have an idea ‘why’ Philpost issues a gold foil edition souvenir stamp which is intended for  worldwide stamp collectors .  The face value of the souvenir sheet is Php 200 which is a bit on the high end of the pricing range – Some countries like Australia , Thailand or even Republic of China ( Taiwan) which also issued a “gold foil” edition sells them at a much lower price at higher quantity.

lion dance

I woke -up past 6:00am and went to the Manila Central Post office . Traffic was standstill at the Rizal Avenue ( Avenida Rizal) due to ongoing road repairs  that i had to walk from Doroteo Jose street passing the Santa Cruz Church , crossing the Mac Arthur bridge then to the Manila Central Post Office.

signage posted at the ground floor 

There was a sudden change of venue and the organizers moved the stamp unveiling ceremonies at the 3rd floor , The original plan was at the lobby area.

L-R Miss Maura , Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Mr. Mama Lalanto Al Haj , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus ( stamp advisory representative)

The program started past 10:30am with Mr. Enrique V. Tagle ( manager -Business Line Department)  While Ms. Via Carla San Agustin and Mr. Joseph Fernandez were the masters of the ceremony

Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz  short but meaningful speech

The event was well covered by the top Philippine media television stations , ABS-CBN Kapamilya channel 2 , GMA Kapuso channel 7, TV Kapatid channel 5 and some broad sheet newspaper.  I was thinking of contributing an article or so in a local newspaper but i do not think that our editor in chief would approve an article in such a short notice, better write them in my blog .

Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz together with Ms. Tina Panganiban-Perez of GMA channel 7

dragon and lion dancers performed during the unveiling of stamp ceremonies within the Philpost atrium area . The festivities is a symbol of good luck and start of the auspicious year for everyone.

ceremonial autograph signing

Postmaster General and CEO Ms. Maria  Josefina Dela Cruz holds the Year of the Horse- Gold Foil edition

a early luncheon was served courtesy of the Philippine Postal Corporation which consists of popular Chinese delicacies

Technical Description

Purpose: Special Gold Foil ( embossed )- Year of the Horse

Date of Issuance: January 30, 2014 ( soft launching)

February 12, 2014 ( public )

Printer : Thailand

Quantity: 7,500 copies total

3,500 pieces First Day Covers

Artist: Jaime Jose and Mr. Victor Serevo

Denomination: Php 200.00

Souvenir sheets of 3

First Day Cover: Manila Cancellation

Note: I do not have an idea on what was the special role of Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak ( self- acclaimed Philippine republic stamp expert) But we saw him  with a folder with a list of 2014  upcoming stamp releases .   A short power- point presentation of the upcoming issues was presented by the Philatelic unit head .  Much to our dismay, that they did not gave us any sample copies of the technical description which is very very important to update all the stamp collectors from all over the country and international stamp collectors.  Why only give preference to just one person?

Some of the disappointed stamp collectors who were there at the stamp launching  were not able to buy even a single one.  ( since there were only 130 pieces of the gold foil souvenir sheet stamp which only arrived the night before , January 29, 2014) Most of the souvenir sheets were given as a token gifts  by Philpost marketing and corporate media affairs to the traditional  media that were present during the unveiling ceremonies .

At the end of our coverage , The author together with some stamp bloggers and stamp collectors went home empty handed,  Much to our dismay.

As one of my buddies,  wrote in his blog. We are still very fortunate to get exclusive invitation from Philpost while other stamp collectors in other parts of the country are still clueless on the recent issues and they never even get a chance to see and buy them at their local post offices!!!!!!!

One of the constructive criticism held by some  Filipino stamp collectors that are base in  the provinces ,  that recent stamp issuance do not even reach them .  So ‘why’ issue such a low quantity stamps and souvenir sheet at higher price ? Hindi daw nila mabenta? With proper distribution , marketing system and perhaps and little consultation with stakeholders ( not just 1 or 2 stamp experts wannabees with passe ideas and old design concept)   7,500 pieces can be easily disposed in a matter of few weeks or months if they are properly and equally distributed  all over the archipelago.  Given that 1 stamp per collector allocation is TRUE .  So does that mean that there are ONLY 7,500 stamp collectors in the Philippines ? with 102 million estimated population? Hard to Believe ? Or Ripley Believe or Not ?

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 !