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.

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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.

 

 

Voyage to Philately Exhibit at PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , Manila -Philippines

The Philippine Philatelic Federation in partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation is hosting an exhibit entitles ” Voyage to Philately ” by several members of the International Philippine Philatelic Society , Philippine Philatelic Federation members like Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and Mr. Hans Becker .

Postmaster General Joel L. Otarra

Tell the importance of stamps and it’s role in preserving the historical and heritage value

L-R Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus ( stamp advisory committee member ) Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( Postmaster General ) Mr. Nemi Miranda ( stamp advisory committee member and NCCA )Mr. Antonio So ( Philippine Philatelic Federation -President) Mr. Luis D. Carlos ( AMPG for MMSS ) Mr. Alfredo Roxas ( Philippine Philatelic Federation member) and Atty. Tobillo ( stamp advisory committee member )

Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and Mr. Isidro Tan together with two Chinese teachers admiring the stamp exhibition.

The exhibit is like a mini-preview of what is happening in 2017 , The ASEAN Philatelic Exhibition set to be hosted by the Philippines in few months time.

Mr. Hans Becker 

The 30 FRAME exhibit showcases some of the award winning stamp collection , stamp trivia and important facet in the Philippine postal heritage .

A simple get together lunch was hosted by Philippine Philatelic Federation and its member organization .

This exhibit will run until the end of this Yuletide season and is OPEN to the general public .

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 .

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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/