Winners of PhilPEX 2012


A: Postal History                                   Exhibitor                          Award

1. China- Pre- UPU 1778-1872           MR. Robert Tan                 Gold

2. Postal History of the Philippine – Cordillera Mr. Dojie Lutera  Vermiel

B. Traditional Philately                           Exhibitor                               Award

1. Philippines – Pre Philatelic era            Mr. Robert Tan                          Gold

2. Philippines – Japanese Occupation  Mr. Robert Tan                      Large Vermiel

3. Philippines slogans                                 Mr. Hans Becker                   Large Vermiel

4. Philippine Postal system under Japanese Mr. Roberto Jacinto      Vermiel

5. Postage of the Phil. under the Spanish Dominion C.H. Severino D. Bajar M.D. Vermiel

6. Phil. Paquebot markings under the US admin . Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus  Vermiel

7. Phil. Postal System under the US Administration Mr. Roberto Jacinto   Silver

C. Thematic Philately                       Exhibitor                                    Award

1. Hologram                                         Mr. Nilo Dizon                                Large Vermiel

2. Philatelic Terms using Worldwide Birds  Mrs. Paulina Calinawan        Silver

3. Engineering and Architectural Structures   Ms. Ligaya Callejo              Silver

4. Stamp Collecting . The Hobby of A Lifetime  Ms.  Rebecca Go                Silver

5. Painting of the Renaissance Period           Mr. Rouel R. Sevelleno          Silver

6. Jose Rizal                                                             Mr. Allan Mirhan                      Silver

7. Extra Ordinary Stamps                          Mr. Jerson Danseco              Silver- Bronze

8. Pope Benedict XVI                                Msgr. Ramon Tiama                Silver – Bronze

9. Joint Issues                                              Mr.  Gero Zyo Danseco           Silver- Bronze

10. Blessed John Paul 2 . Making of a Saint  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz   Silver- Bronze

11. Living Animals                                 Mr. Max Dexter Go                     Silver- Bronze

12. The History of Painting              Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz                    Silver-Bronze

13. World War II in the Philippines Mr. Allan Mirhan                        Silver- Bronze

14. Philippine Educational System  Ms. Eden Sepagan                       Silver- Bronze

15. Pass the Message                           Ms. Maria Lourdes Watiwat     Silver-Bronze

16. Transport Machines                   Ms. Aurora Malundas                  Silver-Bronze

17. President  Manuel L. Quezon Commonwealth & Republic Issues

( Quezon Philatelic Society )        Bronze

18. Agrikultura , Pangisdaan at Bundok   Mr. Guillermo James Argosino  Bronze

19.  Philippines -Unique Nation   Mr. Norberto Hererra                        Bronze

20. Mga Bayani at Dakilang Pilipino       Guillermo James Argosino    Bronze

21. Philippine Birds                      Mrs. Paulina Calinawan                            Bronze

22. Friends Never Die , They Just Pass Away   Mr. Dionisio Taeza     Bronze

23. Quezon , Philatelically           Msgr. Ramon Tiama                                Bronze

24. Vertebrate Diversity             Mr. Gary Rosales                               Certificate

25. Chinese Zodiac                     Ms. Leslie Tanengsy-Uy Matiao   Certificate

26. Olympic Games                    Mr. Allan Bennet Uy- Matiao         Certificate

27. Philippine Culture               Mr. Allan Bennet Uy- Matiao        Certificate

D. Youth Philately

1.  The World of Music       Ms. Reena de Jesus                                       Vermiel

2. Outer Space -Link for Mankind         Mr. Rainier de Jesus             Silver

3. The Time Giants Ruled the World   Ms. Joanna Argosino            Silver

4. It’s Cat Meow                        Ms. Collie Marquez                                    Silver

5. Tropical Butterfly                Jally Marquez                                             Silver

6. A Story in Stamps             Mr.  Chris Brandon Go                                Silver- Bronze

7. The Summer Olympic Games  Mr. Chris Brandon Go                     Silver – Bronze


Philpex 2012 Opening Highlights

 Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila

It was early August 2011 when the Philippine Philatelic Federation decided to hold a national stamp show that slated to be held to coincide the “ National Stamp Collecting “ month in November 2011. Early plans to hold the national stamp exhibition and competition was shove off for a later date was due to the following reasons: provincial stamp clubs must be properly informed and ample preparation must be made prior to the competition. FIAP and FIP rules strict rules must be properly disseminated to collectors.  Much needed publicity, promotion and sponsorship is needed for the event.

Philpex 2012 poster layout

       It was not until an informal meeting late November 2011 that plans was re-set for the January 24, 2012 date of the opening.  This is Philippines most important and biggest stamp competition and exhibition. The winners of the national competition will have a slot for the FIP and FIAP international exhibition slated for 2012 and 2013 .

banner of the event sponsored by Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau 

     Much needed sponsorship came from YKL-Fuji Film (photography and documentation of the event), Office of the Postmaster General –Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz, Philatelic Department, Marketing and Administration Department of Philippine Postal Corporation, Medals and Trophies from Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Hon. Don Juan Bagatsing– Councilor of 4th district of Manila, Councilor – Majority Floor leader Hon. Honey Lacuna- Pangan, Senator Pia Cayetano , Hon. Maria Theresa B. Bonoan- David Congresswoman of the 4th district of Manila  , Atty. ChudneyNgo -Manila City Tourism and Cultural Affairs  Bureau ( for the banner and support during the duration of the event ), Dr. Ponciano Menguito– DEPED – Manila Superintendent, Mr. Jose Capistrano– Intramuros Administration Head , Saint Stephen High School , Far Eastern University , Polytechnic University of the Philippines among others which send large groups of students to view the exhibition.

poster of the event in front of the main post office

The ingress was slated on January 18 , 19 and 20 ,  2012.   100 philatelic frames were exhibited at the lobby of Philippine Postal Corporation which represented the collections of members of various affiliated stamp clubs of Philippine Philatelic Federation from across the country.  The opening of the exhibit was on January 24, 2012. This is one day after the Chinese- New Year.

Dragon dancers sponsored by a well-known insurance company  in front of Post Office serves as a welcoming committee to passers-by

Likewise the author would also like to thanks all philatelists, coins, postcard and memorabilia collectors from different clubs and associations who went to the event.

Ms. Ma. Josefina Dela Cruz – Philpost  postmaster general , Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta- Heritage Conservation Society Chairperson  , Atty. Chudney Ngo- Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau  , Mr. Jose Capistrano – Intramuros Administration Head

Special thanks to those people, bloggers and media friends who help in any way that they can to help support the event. Among them PTV channel 4, Tulay newspaper, World News, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, People’s Journal, Philippine Star, Manila Times,  Buy and Sell newspaper, UNTV channel 37, ABS-CBN channel 2, GMA Kapuso channel 7, QTV channel 11, IBC channel 13 .

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta throws the yellow ribbon to the on-lookers

Special mention to the staffs and crews of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho for featuring the event, Ms. Kara David and Mr. Howie Severino for featuring the event thru “ News to Go “ in QTV channel 11, Ms. Pia Archangel and Mr. Raffy Tima in “ Balitanghali ” and Mr. JP Soriano for the feature story about the event.

Mr. Robert Tan -President of the Philippines Philatelic Federation presented to Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta a token of appreciation a frame with  150th anniversary commemorative stamps of the birth of Dr. Jose Rizal

crowd and well wishers let Ms. Gemma Cruz -Araneta sign in autograph for posterity

Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz in welcome remarks

Postmaster general Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz being interviewed by television crew from IBC channel 13


the author and Ms.Linda Jandoc

group picture

group picture of student and principal of Saint Stephen High School together with Mr.Maria Josefina Dela Cruz ( Postmaster General )  Mr. Reynaldo Ong De Jesus , Mr. Dojie Lutera and Mr. Robert Tan

Stamp Collecting – It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

 Manila, Philippines

The Philippine Philatelic Federation in partnership with the  Philippine Postal Corporation together with Chinese Philatelic Club of the Philippines (CPCP),  Cebu Philatelic Society ( CPS), Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club ( FSCC) , International Philippine Philatelic Society (IPPS), Quezon Philatelic Society (QPS) , Naga Philatelic Society and other guest stamp clubs from across the country will mount this year’s biggest stamp show  dubbed as PHILPEX 2012 .

Poster of  PHILPEX 2012 National Stamp Exhibition and Competition

   The event will be held from January 24 to February 3, 2012 at the Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby, which will be joined by various stamp organizations all over the country. The stamp will feature our annual exhibit that will comprise of past winning entries of Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) International Stamp Exhibition , Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and will stage a national competition. Winners of this event will represent the country in various international stamp competitions for 2012 to 2013.

The opening  ceremonies will be on January 24,2012 at 9:30 am in the  Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby within Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila

The Theme of the event is “ Knowledge and Fun through Stamp Collecting” which targeted the general public. Stamp collecting can enrich one person’s knowledge through learning their country, history, culture, arts, heritage, nature, and industries among others.

The exhibition will run from January 24 to February 3, 2012 at the lobby of the Philippine Postal Corporation Building in Liwasang Bonifacio 1000 Manila.

In line with this event, a Special FREE Guided Exhibition tour within the site will be conducted by Postal Heritage Tour guru Mr. Lawrence Chan on January 28, 2012 SATURDAY 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and another one from 1:00pm to 3:00pm  for more information and booking for this special tour please contact  :

Email:  or  mobile: (0919=3901671)

For more information about the event, please contact the Philippine Philatelic Federation secretary Mrs. Josefina T. Cura at 735-5001 / 0917-9800708.

Media Partners Included: Philpost media website, National Broadcasting Network channel 4, Tulay forthnightly newspaper, People’s Tonight, People’s Journal, UNTV cahnnel 37, sonshine television channel 39, Buy and Sell newspaper among others.


Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of the Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation , City of Manila on the occasion of its 15th anniversary held a stamp exhibition and competition  from December 2 to 17 , 2010 .

NBN channel 4 media guesting by the author last November 29, 2010 . The author was interviewed by Ms. Veronica  ” Nikki” Baluyot- Jimenez

The opening ceremonies took place at around past 10 :00 am with several distinguished guest of honors which included Mr. Alfredo Gabot – ( Chairman of the Board -Philpost Corporation ) ,  Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman – (Postmaster General -CESO 1 )  , Mrs. Elenita San Diego – (Postage and Philatelic Department ) , Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol – (Finance Department  ), Atty. Tetangco -personal representative of Mayor Alfredo Lim, Mr. Hans Becker from Luxemburg and International Philippine Philatelic Society correspondent  , Mr. Pio Rodriguez ,   Mr. Robert Tan -President ( Philippine Philatelic Federation) and  members of other philatelic organizations .

L-R Mr. Han Becker, Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol, Atty. Antonio De Guzman, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Robert Tan

Back : Mrs. Elenita San Diego , Mr. Lawrence Chan, Mrs. Elsie Loyola

The theme for this anniversary was “Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting.” This  exhibit is considered the much anticipated event of the year among Philatelists.

Chairman  Alfredo Gabot in his welcome address

Other partners included YKL Photo Company for the much needed documentation process , media partners like Studio 23, NBN channel 4, Buy and Sell Newspaper , Commuter Express, PINAS Sikat Newspaper,UNTV channel 37 , Philippine StarSonshine Radio and Television Channel 39 , Tulay fortnightly digestPhilpost media among others.

trophies , medals and token gifts for the winners and  guests of honor

Local politician which supported the event included the office of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim , Vice-Mayor Francisco ” Isko ” Moreno Domagoso , Congressman Trisha Bonoan- David( 4th district )  , Councilor Mrs.  Jocelyn Quintos ( 4th district ) , Councilor Don Juan Bagatsing ( 4th district) Minority Floor leader , Councilor Ms.  Maria Sheila ” Honey ” Lacuna – Pangan (4th district) Majority Floor leader , Barangay Chairman  403 zone 41 – Ms. Sonia L. Luyahan, Kagawad Don Pasetes among others.

Philatelic clubs like Filipino – Chinese Philatelic Society , Cebu Philatelic Society, Naga Philatelic Society , International Philippine Philatelic Society , Quezon Philatelic Society which allowed their members to actively participate in the event.

The planning stage for the exhibition started early on the first quarter of the year, but lack of philatelic exhibition frames and other minor problems  prompted the board to postpone the event for the last quarter of the year.

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion winner of GOLD for his exhibit  received the trophy

Organizing a stamp exhibit is not that easy , with few resources available,  a handful of volunteers, few sponsors ,  mounting an exhibit is a big task.

Mr. John Co received the vermiel trophy for his stamp exhibit entitled ” Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese”

Series of queries arouse , Like can we invite stamp collectors with adequate philatelic materials good enough for exhibition ? Do we have the budget for the event ? Where can we get support ? Will the media cover this event?  Is the security enough? Judging criteria ?  Will the the public come to the event ? Who will document the event?  those are some of the problems foreseen by some of the board members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Philippine Philatelic Federation.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala an avid collector of stamps from Quezon  received the vermiel award ” Youth Category ” for her stamp exhibit entitled ” Queen Elizabeth II “

Foreseeing the first problem , this anonymous person came to the rescue  . This person had already  took the bitter pills in painstaking  conceptualizing and to a big extent, funding  the metal frames intended for this event.

After all, without the frames , all the stamps collections from private collectors across the country cannot be exhibited properly.

L-R group picture with Mr.Pio Rodriguez ( Chairman- Judging Committee FILPEX 2010) , Mr. Robert Tan ( President – Philippine Philatelic Federation ) , Mr. Hans  Becker and Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman ( Postmaster General)

What was envisioned as a simple stamp exhibit became a reality  ,  The start of the mounting of stamps in the philatelic  board started 3rd week of November while judging took place on November 27 , 2010.

The original opening  date of the exhibit was further move to December 2, 2010 after some minor set backs.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala  posed for a souvenir photo at her exhibit ” Queen Elizabeth II ”

Some of the excited participants came early ,  Special mention to the family of  Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala, Mr. Abet Alcala who came all the way from Quezon province .

Mr. Allan Vergara winner of silver medal for his exhibit entitled ” Apocryphal Zoology” posed for a souvenir shot

The winners of the stamp competition was also announced during the event , eliciting admiration from the huge crowd which composed of collectors, students , Philpost employees and passersby .

Mr. Gerson Danseco from Quezon Philatelic Society received  a medal for his exhibit entitled  Dog’s – Man’s Best Friend which won a silver-bronze .

Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz of Naga Philatelic Society received several medals for her exhibits . She had entered 4 exhibits all of which won silver-bronzes

After the announcement of all the winners , as a token of gratitude to their unwavering support for the event  framed PNOY stamps each were given to Chairman Alfredo Gabot and Atty. Tetangco .

Atty. Tetangco (personal representative of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim)  received a  token framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan , Chairman Gabot, Atty. Antonio De Guzman

Chairman Alfredo Gabot received a framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan as a token of gratitude

A lunch buffet meal was served to the selected guests at the conference room courtesy of Mr. Robert Tan , where a book authored by Mrs. Mina Gabor ( Philippine Stamps ) was given by the Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion posed in his winning exhibit entitled  ” Philippine Telegraph ” . His exhibit is said to be worth millions of pesos

Group of students and teachers went on a field trip at the post office  during the exhibit opening

Ms. Eyesha Endar a correspondence from PNAS Sikat Newspaper interviewed Mr. Robert Tan

Ms. Zara Siera of Naga Philatelic Society won a bronze medal  for her exhibit ” Trees”

Several days later on December 6, 2010,  Hon. Secretary Herminio B.  Coloma Jr. (Presidential  Communication Office  ) went to the Philpost and was met by Mrs. Elenita San Diego, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Robert Tan and warmly received by Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

The author would like to thank all the people who help in making this event a huge success ! Until next time.

Here are the WINNERS:

A. Traditional Philately

Exhibit Title                                            Exhibitor                                         Award

1. Philippine Telegraphs             Mr. Emmanuel   Encarnacion       –   Gold

2. Postal System Under the Japanese  Occupation   Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus  – Large Vermiel

3. USPI  1898 to 1908                                  Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus   –  Large Vermiel

4. USPI Special Delivery 1901 to  1941    Mr. Dojie Lutera            –   Large Vermiel

5. Philippine Railway Mail Service 1900 to 1978     Mr. Dojie Lutera   – Vermiel

B. Thematic Philately

1. Philatelic Terms                                         Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus –     Vermiel

2. Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese        Mr. John Co   –   Vermiel

3. Apocryphal Zoology                                 Mr. Allan Vergara           –    Silver

4. Water Birds                                                   Ms. Paulina Calinawan    –    Silver

5. An Affair to Remember                            Mr. Dionisio Taeza         –   Silver- Bronze

6. Yes, They are Stamps                        Msgr. Ramon Tiama          –       Silver- Bronze

7. Welcome to the World Babe          Ms. Maria Lourdes Watiwat –  Silver- Bronze

8. Flowers                                                   Ms. Paulina Calinawan          –   Silver – Bronze

9. Joy to the World                                  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz            –    Silver – Bronze

10. Dogs- Man’s Best Friend                Mr. Gerson Danseco            –     Silver – Bronze

11. Democracy Lost, Democracy Restored  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz   –  Silver Bronze

12. Christianization of Bicolandia           Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz    –    Silver- Bronze

13. Trees                                                           Ms. Ma. Zarah C. Sierra    -Silver- Bronze

14. Dogs                                                            Ms.  Penafrancia Ruiz        – Silver – Bronze

15. Music Genre                                            Mr. Stanley Siu                    –  Silver- Bronze

16. Philippine Constitution                      Ms. Zeida Aurora B. Garfin  –  Bronze

17. Memoirs of PMA                                      Ms. Maria  Lourdes Watiwat       –  Bronze

C. Youth Philately

1.  Queen Elizabeth II                                  Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala        –  Vermiel

2.  Transportation on Land, Sea, Air             Ms. Jally D. Marquez                –  Silver- Bronze

3. Philatelic Forays Across the Curriculum Ms. Colie Marie D. Marquez  – Silver- Bronze

D. Guest Exhibitors

1. Spanish -Philippines Pre-Philatelic Period          Mr. Robert Tan

2. China -Pre- Philatelic Period                                    Mr. Robert Tan

3.  Maximaphilately ( Maximum cards)                   Mr. Hans Becker

4. Philippines 1935 to 1970                                          Mr. Hans Becker

FILPEX 2010 National Stamp Exhibit and Competition

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation and City of Manila will have its National Stamp Competition and Exhibit of some of the country’s top stamp clubs and collectors of different themes.

The stamp exhibition will highlight the club’s 15th year anniversary and the various advocacy  projects like the Postal Heritage Walking Tour , Lectures , Basic stamp collecting and heritage promotion of some of Manila’s most historic buildings and areas in which the club had initiated for the past several years.

The theme for this anniversary would be ” Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting

FILPEX 2010 invitation poster

Some of the exhibit will showcase Philippine stamp heritage from the Pre-Postal , Spanish , Aguinaldo revolutionary regime, American or United States Philippine Island , Japanese occupation  and the Republic issues from 1946, thematic stamp collection from birds, orchids, insects etc…

Special guest of honor will include the current Postmaster General Hon. Antonio Z. De Guzman, Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary  Hon.  Heminio Coloma , Manila Tourism and Heritage  , members of various Philatelic clubs and Philippine Philatelic Federation among others.

Media Partners include UNTV channel 37, Tulay Forthnightly Digest ( this digest is inserted twice a month in World Daily News a Filipino- Chinese newspaper) Studio channel 23, NBN channel 4 , Buy and Sell Newspaper

Unlike other exhibit , This is open for the public without any entrance FEES!

Date: December 1  to 8, 2010

Venue: Philippine Postal Corporation Main lobby

Opening : December 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM
For more information on this event: Please contact : Mr. Lawrence Chan (0919-3901671) Filpex 2010 media and publicity head  Mrs. Josie T. Cura – exhibit (735-5001 ) monday to saturday 1PM to 5PM / (0917- 9800708)