Eyeball of Postcrossing Philippines and 150th Anniversary of Postcard

Postcrossing Philippines had a lot of meet-up during the past few weeks. One of the biggest and most important eyeball or meet-up was held at the Manila Central Post office last October 19.

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The meeting also coincided with the monthly postal heritage and talks which was a joint project between Philippine Postal Corporation( Pilipinas Philately),Philippine Philatelic Federation, Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles, Walkwithchan and different cause- oriented stamp collecting groups.

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 postal heritage tour participants

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hundreds of postcards send

There were about 70 participants who join the short talk and tour, There were at least a dozen or so members who joined the eyeball. There were representatives from Business Mirror and bloggers.

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Mr. Isidro Tan ( Philippine Philatelic Federation member),Mr. Dojie Lutera ( President -Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club), Mr. Jimmy Ang (APO Philatelic Club),Mr. Eugene Siy also came and bought new stamp and postcard issuance at the Philippine Postal Corporation post shoppe.

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a participant together with Ms. Eunice

Got a chance to meet Dr. Venus Fortuna, She creates her own postcard and swap with fellow postcard collectors. Mr. Dennis Dy Kho joined in much later around past 11:00 am, But quickly disappeared.

It is quite rare for Philippine Postal Corporation to issue commemorative postcards for sale to the general public. The last was in 2013 which commemorated the 150th anniversary of Malacañang palace.

We already told Ms. Arlene our suggestion on the possibilities of issuing some postcards since there is a demand from postcard collecting groups, tourist and even in the international travel swap groups.

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The postcards will surely be a collectible material especially when issued by PHLPOST. They should also have a joint project with DOT and other attached government agencies so that their postcard issuance can be sold in tourist destination sites.

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150th Anniversary of Postcard

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The history of postcards started when Dr. Emanuel Herrmann, a professor of Economics in Vienna, suggested to his national postal service a means to streamline communications.

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There needed to be a cheaper, less troublesome alternative to letters. The Correspondenz-Karte, or correspondence card was first issued on 1 October 1869. He came to be known as the “Father of Postcards” through the official creation and implementation of this new system via the Austrian Post.

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Technical Description

Date of Issuance: October 19, 2019 Saturday

Kind of  Issuance: Commemorative

printed on special board paper with a matte finish

Graphic Artist: Mr. Rodine C. Teodoro (PHLPOST in-house artist)

Design: Dr. Emmanuel Herrmann , the inventor of the postcard on a copy of the first correspondenz-karte,

Size: 148mm x105 mm

Printing Process: Offset Lithography

Printer: Amstar Company Inc.

Quantity: 4,000 pieces

The postcard are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.

Filipino Music Icons to be Feature by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue limited edition stamps to launch their Pinoy Music Icons series this coming November 15, 2019.

This will also coincide with “National Stamp Collecting Month” and to honor the distinguished careers of Mr. Joey “Pepe” Smith, Rico J. Puno and Rene Garcia of Hotdog that transcend generations and continue to resonate with music fans of all ages.

The Pinoy Music Icons stamps of Smith, Garcia and Puno was designed by PHLPost in house creative artist Rodine Teodoro as part of PHLPost’s celebration for National Stamp Collecting Month and 252 Years of Postal Service.

Mr. Maximo Sta. Maria III, Officer-In-Charge at the Office of the Assistant Postmaster General of PHLPost said their Pinoy Music Icons concept began to take shape following the demise of the three pillars of Original Pilipino Music.

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Filipino Music Icons on Stamps

In other countries like the United States have issued stamps to honor their music icons like in 2013, the Music Icons series in the US have honored popular music artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and John Lennon.

When the idea of issuing stamps for Smith, Garcia and Puno was first presented to the Philippine Stamp Committee composed of representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippine Philatelic Federation (PPF), the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and PHLPost, it was unanimously approved without any objection.

Regarded as the face of Pinoy Rock, Pepe Smith helped pioneer the OPM sub-genre as a member of the classic line-up of the Juan Dela Cruz band together with Mike Hanopol and Wally Gonzalez. A highly influential figure in the local rock scene, Smith was the voice behind iconic hits like “Himig Natin,” “Beep Beep” and “Titser’s Enemi No. 1” and was actively performing until his untimely demise.

Rene Garcia is a founding member and lead singer of Hotdog, the band that pioneered The Manila Sound, another popular sub-genre. Characterized by his signature, sexy twang, Garcia’s vocals propelled Hotdog to greater heights with hits like “Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko” “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga Ka Day” and the band’s anthemic signature song, “Manila.”

Dubbed as The Total Entertainer for his ability to wow audiences in every show he headlined, Rico J. Puno was also an exceptional balladeer who occasionally strayed into rhythm and blues territory. Distinguished by his husky, baritone vocals, Puno was responsible for some of the most iconic OPM classics that include “Kapalaran,” “May Bukas Pa,” “Lupa” and his signature song, “Macho Gwapito.”

The families of the three icons were likewise thrilled with the idea of their kin being honored with commemorative stamps.

As part of the stamp’s launch, PHLPost will mount an exhibit of memorabilia items from the three icons courtesy of their respective families. The exhibit will take place also this November at the Manila Central Post Office building in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila.

Highlights of the Postal Heritage Talks and Tour

Philippine Philatelic Federation in partnership with walkwithchan, heritage groups, Pilipinas Philately, Philippine Postal Corporation had a highly successful postal talks and tour held last saturday ( September 21) at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post office.

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Ms. Arlene Labao

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Tita Josefina Cura

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Ms. Abi Tarroza- postal tour specialist

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stamps, postcards, first day covers and book

Highlights

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participants admire the architectural details of the main post office

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main lobby

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participants looked at the display

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sorting of mail area

The highlights of the tour includes the participation of Urban Sketchers members who went to join the activity by sketching important architectural details of the post office. There were also a large group of students from Catholic Filipino Academy of Cubao, University of Santo Tomas faculties, Polytechnic University of the Philippines students , tourism guides and other cause oriented groups.

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Catholic Filipino Academy students together with their teachers group photo

Reader digest and eco bag were given to the early birds courtesy of Philippine Postal Corporation while stamp packs were given by Professor Micheal “Igue” dela Fuente and Mrs. Josefina T. Cura of the Philippine Philatelic Federation and founder of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club.

The next FREE postal talks and tour will be held next month October 19, 2019 saturday from 9:00 am to 12nn. Do not forget to bring your own water. Candies and biscuits for sharing with fellow participants and indigent children within Liwasang Bonifacio area.

A Voyage to the Lunar Years thru Philately

Philippine Philatelic Federation in close partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST), Pilipinas Philately, members of the philatelic community and the general public witness yesterday January 21, 2019 ( Monday ) at past 3:00 pm the ribbon cutting and opening of the stamp exhibit held at the left wing of the main lobby at the Manila Central Post Office building.

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Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Alfredo Roxas, Mrs. Josifina T. Cura, Mr. Isidro Tan and PHLPOST employees

There are several exhibits on display which featured Chinese zodiac signs, animals. This also marked the start the kick off ceremony of the lunar new year.

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Mr. Alfredo Roxas and Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( PHLPOST Postmaster General )

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Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus ( president – Philippine Philatelic Federation)

In his address, He stress the importance of stamps and the role that it provide thru promotion of one country’s culture, arts, natural resources, flora, fauna and the long cultural ties that the country had with China.

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The zodiac sign on stamps started way back in Hong Kong in 1969 , when the crown colony started to issue commemorative Chinese zodiac sign to mark the lunar new year. It became an instant hit in the collecting community and many countries soon followed. He also reiterate the full support of the stamp collecting community.

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Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( PHLPOST postmaster general )

There are also education tours within the week with Ateneo de Manila grade school students  having the biggest contingent, Saint Scholastica’s College and among others.

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Phlpost employees, invited guests, foreigners, stamp collectors, bloggers and media covered the well attended event.

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l-r Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Luis Carlos (APMG for Marketing-PHLPOST)  Mr. Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Postmaster General Joel Otarra, Mr. Alfredo Roxas

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Mr. Dionisio Taeza all smiles with his exhibit

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Chinese zodiac sign year of the pig 2007 stamp issued by PHLPOST

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Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus together with visitors and foreigners

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main lobby left wing converted into a sit down area with catering services hosted by Philippine Philatelic Federation.

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turon and slices of fresh fruits like watermelon, papaya and cantaloupe

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local stamp collectors enjoyed the late afternoon meal

 Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles FB group together with Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour ( both NGO group) in cooperation with Philippine Philatelic Federation, Pilipinas Philately and PHLPOST will having a FREE stamp talk, operational tour and viewing of stamp exhibit at the main lobby this coming saturday, January 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn.

PHLPOST post shoppe will be open this saturday for those interested in buying the latest stamp issues. The stamp exhibit will run until saturday ( January 26). For those unable to catch the exhibit, There will be an exhibit to be held at Lucky Chinatown Mall next week until early February 2019.

There are about 150 participants, bloggers and vloggers who already pre-registered at the FB event page.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2288025434800582/

 

 

Philippine Philatelic Federation Meeting at the Quezon City Sports Club

The Philippine Philatelic Federation which is composed by active stamp clubs recognized by the Philippine Postal Corporation held their meeting at the Aurora room within Quezon City Sports Club .

Philippine Philatelic Club member organizations

Among the stamp club representatives includes Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club, Naga Philatelic Club, Cebu Philatelic Club, Filipino-Chinese Stamp Club, International Philippine Philatelic Society , Mr. Alfredo Roxas , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and the author  .

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sumptuous snacks were served during the meeting

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A show and tell portion was presented by Mr. Dojie Lutera

Not present at the meeting was Mr. Robert Tan ( President ex-officio ) , Mr. Ngo Tiong Tak , Ms. Carrie Junio , Mr.  Antonio So , Mrs. Elenita San Diego and Ms. Zenaida Trambulo.