PostcrossingPH Leap Year Meet-UP at Manila Central Post Office

PostcrossingPH had a special leap year meet-up get together at the Philatelic and Resource Center within the Manila Central Post Office.

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PostcrossingPH members

A special postcard was created by some members of the group to commemorate the special meet-up with thousands of postcards send to friends and postcard collectors in every corner of the globe.

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February 29, 2020 is a leap year and it only occurs once every four years. Some of the members came all the way from Laguna, Antipolo, Bulacan and other parts of Metro Manila.

In this age of internet and social media, There are still people who still cherish getting a postcard or greeting card with all the traditional hand writings, stamps and postmarks.

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 PostcrossingPH Meet-Up

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courtesy of Ms. Ali Lao

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Prof. Wil Monzon together with Ms. Ali Lao

There were at least 35 members who came in full force and a traditional jack en poy contest was held.  At the end of the game Ms. Ali Lao from Binondo won the postcards.

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Ms. Erika Jacolo

I also met Ms. Erika Jacolo who sells different kinds of postcards and other collectibles.

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Mr. Xian Lim

There was also a television series shooting entitled ” Love Thy Woman”  inside the post office lobby were celebrity Mr. Xian Lim was there.

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club Meeting and Salu-Salo

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club had their last meeting and get together for 2019. I have 3 mail bidders which send their bid only during the day of the meeting.

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I have to travel to the post office to check the items for auction. It was quite surprising to see some new faces and club members.

Meeting

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There were about 500 items for bid, ranging from stamps, stamp magazines, specimen stamps, coins, banknotes, papel sellado, postcards among others.

What is exciting on this stamp club meeting was the on the spot raffle and salu-salo. It is good that someone gave electric flat iron, mugs, lock and locker tumbler and multi-purpose swiss knife.

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item 40 -United States Philippine Islands 1921 postal card with 1906 2 centavos stamp

The author was quite lucky to have bid this item, This was listed under #40 and starting bid was just Php 80.00 or roughly around US$ 1.58. The postal card was written around August 25th 1921 and send to Mr. Hashi Kawa of #617 Camba street, San Nicolas, Manila by Assistant Secretary Hermo Cruz of Bureau of Labor.

The office was under the Department of Commerce and Communications ( Bureau of Labor) which was situated along 662 Rizal Avenue in Manila.

It is rare to see a correspondent postal card with English and Spanish words printed.  Another unique way to affixed the stamp within this postal card it was inverted.

The author is quite lucky to have gotten this postal card correspondence without much bidders interested.  A lot of them might have paid attention to the other items.

Php 5 pesos banknote ( circa 1987) with overprint San Lorenzo Ruiz canonization Serial number JC555555 ( item 253)

The Php 5.00 paper bill issued during President Corazon Aquino sometime in 1987 with overprint of San Lorenzo Ruiz canonization and with solid serial numbers initial bid was just Php 700 but a male banknote collector outbid everyone and reach an outstanding Php 3,600 !

The quality of the banknote is almost MINT condition and it is collected not because of the condition but the serial numbers and overprint. The banknote collector might be a newbie in the collecting world, since solid serial numbers would only reach around Php 1,000 outpost.

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1 peso 1974 error coin off center with blank and clip planchet ( item 273)

The 3 pieces 1 peso Rizal coin had minting error. The starting bid was Php 700 and the lot item reach final last bid of Php 1,800 ! In the normal quality and security procedure in the MINT. These coins were normally re-minted or re-cast. Somehow, one of the person behind the mint might have got hold of these coins and collected them for over 30 years before selling them in local bourse or coin market.

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one centavo coins ( item 274)

The item above were three pieces 1 centavo coins ( Marcos regime) with obvious error in the minting process with black clip planchet. The item starting bid was Php 700 and a coin collector was quickly to bid the item.

Salu-salo

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chicken empanada

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peachy-peachy from Arny Dading

 After the bourse / auction the members got to taste several late afternoon snacks which consisted of peachy- peachy from Arny Dading, Kikiam ni Aling Upeng, Sushi rolls from Suki Market and Chicken empanada.

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sushi rolls from suki market

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Gat Andres Bonifacio shrine near Manila Cityhall

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Christmas tree at the Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Manila Cityhall clock tower

Everyone enjoyed the hearty afternoon snack, We decided to visit the Andres Bonifacio and Manila Cityhall to see the beautiful evening Christmas lights and went to nearby Manila Cathedral for the start of the anticipated misa de gallo.

Stamp Art and Pop Memorabilia Exhibit at the Manila Central Post Office

Postal heritage tour participants, general public and stamp and postcard collectors were delighted to see the two ongoing exhibits at the Manila Central Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila.

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The pop memorabilia exhibit was opened in presence of the families, friends and fans of the three pop music icon last November 15, 2019.

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l-r Makati Councilor Ms. Tosca Puno-Ramos, daughter of Rico J. Puno; Mrs.Valerie Garcia, widow of Rene Garcia and Mr.Beebop Smith, son of Pepe Smith were presented with PHLPost’s Pinoy Music Icons during the launch. (Photo courtesy of PHLPost)

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Pinoy Music Icons first day cover

A special stamp and first day cover was issued to pay homage to these three music icons.

Pop Icon Memorabilia

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The pop icon memorabilia included photos, album covers, dress and even guitars used by the three Filipino pop icons.

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The three Filipino pop music icons included Mr. Rene Garcia of the iconic Hotdog band. He either wrote or co-wrote songs like “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga Ka Day,” “Beh, Buti Nga,” “Bitin Sa ‘Yo,” “Ikaw Ang Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko,” “Dying To Tell You,” “Langit Na Naman,” and many more. Garcia passed away on September 2, 2018 at the age of 65.

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Mr. Rico J. Puno memorabilia items includes his jacket, cd and shoes

Mr. Rico J. Puno aka “The Total Entertainer” also passed away on October 30 of the same year at 65. Puno, a pop singer and a pioneer-promoter of Original Filipino Music (OPM) rose to stardom after channeling American superstars to forge a distinctive brand of local soul music in the 1970’.

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t-shirts for sale

He also ventured into dance-friendly songs like “Macho Gwapito,” but music listeners here and abroad would prefer his easy-listening croons in Filipinized versions of “The Greatest Love of All,” “One Last Memory,” and more so with his catchy, memorable ballads such as “Kapalaran,” “Buhat,” “Ang Tao’y Marupok” and “Lupa.”

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Mr. Pepe Smith the “Mick Jagger of the Philippines” and the Father of Philippine rock passed away on January 28, 2019, at the age of 71.

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There were about 60 participants in the talks and tour which was in joint partnership with Philippine Philatelic Federation, walkwithchan, Pilipinas Philately and Philippine Postal Corporation.

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Art and History Exhibit

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different art works and sketches

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stamp exhibit frames at the left side of the post office

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postal heritage talk participants

Pop Music Icon Memorabilia and Art and History exhibit will run until November 29, 2019.

For those interested in the upcoming FREE talks and tour, The next activity will be held on December 21, 2019 Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn.

Stamp Artists Shine at National Stamp Collecting Month 2019

Stamp stamp artists were accorded honors at the 252nd postal service anniversary and National Stamp Collecting Month at Manila Central Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila.

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Philippine Philatelic Federation members group photo / courtesy of Mr. Isidro Tan

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Mr. Norman Fulgencio ( photo courtesy of Ms. Mabelle Tenorio )

The program started around 3:00 pm with opening remark from Mr. Maximo Santa Maria III ( Business Development and OIC Marketing) and Chairman Norman N. Fulgencio ( Philippine Postal Corporation).

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L-r Mr. Maximo Santa Maria III together with Mr. Norman Fulgencio, Ms. Eunice Dabu and former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

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Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jayme ( courtesy of Ms. Zenaida Trambulo)

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stamp designers and artists were given recognition ( photo courtesy of Ms. Mabelle Tenorio)

The art exhibition also included works of art which features local stamp artists and designers of Philippine stamps. Among the stamp designers and artists invited were Mr. Victorino Servo, Ms. Eunice Dabu, Mr.Rodine Teodoro, Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jayme among others.

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National Stamp Collecting Month

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Pilipinas Philately team

The highlight of the event is an exhibit titled “The Art of History,” featuring the stamps designed by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) artists, flora, fauna, sketches, stamps artwork in Philippine history.

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former chief justice Lucas Bersamin ( photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately)

Special guest of honor includes Former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin (25th Chief Justice of the Philippines),Philippine Philatelic Federation members, Heritage advocate groups, PHLPOST officials, media and the general public.

A lot of activities are in line with the month-long stamp collecting month and anniversary of the postal service.

There will be a FREE Postal Heritage Guided Tour and Talks on November 16, 2019 Saturday from 8:50 am to 12:00 noon. Do not forget to come and participate.

Rare Hauls at Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club Meeting

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club meets every third sunday of the month at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post Office within Philippine Postal Corporation compound.

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Manila Central Post Office with OFW bank ( formerly called Postal Saving Bank )

The club usually host a small bourse or auction. Prices may vary, Most of the items starts with Php 10.00 starting bid, While some have posted prices. The general public together with the members have a chance to browse through the list of items most of which are philatelic items like packets of stamps, first day covers, commemorative issues, stamp from around the world are auction off.

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commercial shoot at the entrance of the post office

Got a chance to visit the meeting after the eyeball of Bottle Collectors of the Philippines  (Mga Lumang Bote)FB group held at the Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum in Escolta.

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Filipinas Stamp Collectors Club Bourse

Some items may also includes banknotes, ephemeras, photos, postcards, books, toys, bottles, phone cards sometimes a host of other curio stuffs like dolls, die cast cars, medals, coin holders.

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University of the Philippines certificate of matriculation

University of the Philippines ( College of Law)  certificate of matriculation is just Php 50.00. This could be e around the late 1950’s. The item starting bid was just Php 50.00 with Mr. Harandi won the bid.

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De La Salle University first day cover block of four ( circa June 16, 1961)

De La Salle University first day cover issued in 1961 ( block of four stamps) starting bid was just Php 50 and did not went up. The item bid won by Mr. Reuben Bala Jr.

BPI 150th anniversary FDC

Bank of the Philippine Islands first day cover 150th anniversary

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Philippine Orchids imperforate sheet circa 1960


Philippine Orchids imperforate sheet start bid at Php 50 but went up to Php 250

Between 450 to 520 items were auctioned off to the general audience. Despite the gloomy weather, more than 40 participants came at the meeting. There was a rare chance of watching over a commercial shooting.

The shooting started during the morning and according to the guards, the commercial team schedule is until past night time.

Most of the items consigned at the bourse are from old and serious collectors, some of which have accumulated tons of stamps and other stuff over the years or decades. There were a couple of participants who came all the way from San Pedro and San Pablo Laguna province, I also saw Mr. Reuben Bala Jr. and Mr. Dionisio Taeza who hails from Cavite province.

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Php 10 emergency banknote from Mindanao issued from 1944 to early 1946

We also managed to meet Mr. Boy Francisco, who sold some excess emergency banknotes from Mindanao and commonwealth era paper bills.

The club’s next meeting will be held on October 20 Third Sunday of the month from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.