Papal Stamps Exhibit at SM North Edsa ( The Block)

The Block, SM North , EDSA, Quezon City – Philippines

SM chain of malls in partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation , Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines presents to the public an exhibition of Philippine stamps  which highlights the papal commemorative stamps issued by PHLPOST in 1970, 1981, 1995 and 2015. There are also stamps issued from other parts of the world featuring the pope .

The exhibit also highlighted the importance of stamps and its role in Philippine history. The event were attended by Architect Renee Bacani ( SM AVP for Operation ) Honorable Cesar Sarino ( Chairman -board of directors ), Postmaster General Maria Josefina M. dela Cruz ( Postmaster General and CEO ) , His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle (  Archbishop of Manila ) Ms. Elvira Yap-Go ( publicity and promotion Eucharistic Congress 2016 -CEBU organizing committee )  , Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy  , Archbishop Lagdameo , Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D ( Archibishop of Cubao) among others.

Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz

I was seated just a few feet away from his Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and He gamely posed with a fellow stamp collector having his own selfie.

 a stamp collector happily pose for a souvenir shot with his eminence

He gave a short but very meaningful message about the importance of letter writing, usage of stamps and his own story on how he would got letters with some complains. He told the crowd that someone send him a short messaging service ( sms) telling him that he was featured in the Philippine stamps few days ago. He was later given a sample of the said stamp issue.  Much to his delight and admiration.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – Archbishop of Manila

He also told the crowd that his mother kept a letter during his childhood days . A letter whenever he could not answer his assignments in school.

Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

After the short speeches , the papal stamps were unveiled to the public and a ceremonial autograph signing from the invited special guests.

Pope Francis stamp exhibition

The ceremony started a little over 11:00am with almost everyone admiring the stamp exhibit. There are some stamp collectors who came from the Manila Central Post Office and brought the recently issued Pope Francis commemorative stamps and first day covers with them. They are eager to let their FDC’s and other memorabilia items autographed by the VIP invited .

His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle  together  with  the children choir from Mandaluyong City

The exhibit also revolves on the theme Mercy and Compassion , and will run until the end of the Papal visit.

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 .

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