Meeting of Stamp Collectors at the Lotus City Garden Hotel

Lotus Garden Hotel , A Mabini corner Padre Faura street , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

I was invited by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and Mr. Hans Becker after the stamp awareness exhibition at the Saint Stephen High School last November 9, 2015 . He just told me that an important stamp collector is in town and a well-known local philatelist is also visiting .

collectors had fun time chatting

I quickly joined the impromtu meet-up at the Lotus City Garden Hotel.  This is also the place where Mr. Hans Becker is staying until his departure for Cebu the following day. When we arrived at the hotel lobby, Sir Rey told us that we are going to meet Mr. Nigel Gooding and his wife Velda together with local philatelist and stamp book author Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga .

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan holding one of his books published in the mid-1990’s

Mr. Cuyugan is author of several philatelic and numismatic books which were published in the mid -1990’s and early 2000.  I have featured him conducting free public lectures at the PHLPOST vicinity way back in 2011.

Link to previous post: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/philippine-postal-corporation-goes-high-tech-on-their-228th-anniversary/

The hotel lobby had a mini-collection of dolls from the Philippines and from other countries affix on a doll case. The dolls are some sort of attractions to the visitors of the hotel and restaurant.

There is also a breakfast buffet which only cost Php 300 per head, however we were not able to catch -up since we arrived past 11:00am

chicken and pork adobo meal -good for 2 person

The group just ordered a-la carte meals and desserts by Cilantro restaurant.

 I have tasted better and more tender adobo compared to the ones being served at the hotel, Perhaps they are catering to the foreign guests at the hotel which does like the strong vinegar taste.

pork tocino meal

Collectively , the hotel had an interesting Filipino ala carte breakfast meal served to their guests, each plate cost Php 250  had a combination of beef tapa/ boneless bangus , longganisa / pork tocino / corned beef , served with garlic fried rice and pickled papaya ( atchara ) with coffee or tea or sliced fresh fruit in season.

pork adobo meal

spaghetti

I have the privilege of speaking and meeting with Mr. Nigel Gooding, This is my first time to meet him in person. I have seen his vast collection of Spanish- Philippines stamps ( via internet and some publication of IPPS)  and on covers . I must say it is quite impressive. He started his stamp collecting when he was studying in Xavier School way back in the mid- 1970’s.  He was born in the Philippines and stayed for several years before studying in Australia and now staying in England .

blueberry cheese cake

He is quite fluent in Filipino and got a chance to ask him about stamp clubs that he joined when he was still in the Philippines. He told me that there used to be more stamp clubs when he started collecting them.

He met a lot of old -time stamp collectors and dealers which were quite helpful . Prices of Spanish-Philippines stamp and on covers were not that expensive when he started collecting. He began with mostly Philippine republic stamps and FDC ( First Day Covers) which were quite cheap and can easily be bought with pocket change or school allowance then gradually moving to the more difficult covers and Spanish era .

The group had quite a good long chat before we parted ways, Mr. Robert Tan ( former President of Philippine Philatelic Federation ) joined then in the late afternoon . Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Jorge Cuyugan and the author had to rush for our afternoon appointments and we had to go before Mr. Tan arrived at the hotel.

It was a good meeting and i learn a lot of things from these people whom i consider as pillars of philately ( stamp collecting) in the Philippines. They tirelessly promote stamp collecting . It is quite rare now a days that people would really concentrate on these things.  We bid farewell to one another and hope that we will have another fruitful acquaintances in the future.

Nigel Gooding : http://www.nigelgooding.co.uk/

Website: http://www.lotus.citygardenhotels.com/

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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.

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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 !