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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participants

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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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Centenary of Philippine Cinema Commemorated by PHLPOST

Film Development Council of the Philippines celebrates 100 Years of Philippine Cinema with a special commemorative stamps issued by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) featuring the “Father of Philippine Movies” Jose Nepomuceno.

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Mr. Jose Nepomuceno – father of Philippine movies -souvenir sheet

The stamps and souvenir sheet was officially unveiled on September 12 during the Sine Sandaan celebration.

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stamp unveiling ceremonies

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Ms. Cory Vidanes and Mr. Laurenti Dyogi received a commemorative frames stamps

The stamps were presented by FDCP Chairperson Liza-Diño Seguerra, Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III, ABS-CBN COO of Broadcast Cory Vidanes, Director Laurenti Dyogi and PHLPost Business Lines Manager Maximo Sta. Maria, III.

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Philippine cinema sheetlets

Technical Details

Date of Issuance: September 12, 2019

Kind of Issue: Commemorative

Graphic Artist: Mr. Rodine C. Teodoro

Souvenir Sheet Design: Film Development Council of the Philippines

Denomination (Php 12.00 ) and (Php 55.00 souvenir sheet)

Stamp Size: 40 mm x 30 mm, Sheetlet Size 90 mm x 150 mm

Souvenir Sheet: 100 mm x 70mm

Sheet Composition: 8 ( 2 x 4) 

Printing Process: Offset Lithography

Printer: Amstar Company

Perforation: 14

Quantity : 30,000 pieces

Souvenir sheet: 5,000 pieces

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Note: Photo from the stamp unveiling ceremony were courtesy of Pilipinas Philately, Philippine Postal Corporation, while the stamps are from the personal collection of the author.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and first day covers are available at the following post offices:

1. Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila
Contact: Ms. Salome Arao
(02) 527-0108
2. Postal Area 8 – Cagayan De Oro
Contact: Ms. Cecille Araco Cotapte
09064966880
3. Postal Area 7 – Davao
Contact: Mr. Rey Navarez Basilan
09999923035
4. Postal Area 4 – San Pablo
Contact: Ms. Nena Panganiban
09157096217
5. Postal Area 5 – Mandaue City
Contact: Ms. Rachel Betos
09222401317

Popular Flowers Rafflesia and Everlasting Featured by PHLPOST

The Philippine Postal Corporation of (PHLPOST) issued two definitive series of Philippine flowers Php 14.00 denomination of rafflesia and Php 45.00 denomination for everlasting flower. These stamp issuance be use for sending letters, parcel or postcards for local and overseas collectors.

This also includes a limited number of first day cover (FDC) with only 600 pieces available to the general collecting public.

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rafflesia and everlasting flower

Rafflesia are found in the Philippines, in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. These plants emit an odor akin to rotting flesh to attract its prey. These prey include insects such as flies, which aid in pollination.

The country eclipses Indonesia and Malaysia as the center of Rafflesia distribution with at least a dozen known species discovered and described  by local and international scientists.

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eposter from direct science, illustrations from Yasmin Ong

 There were at least 12 known species of Rafflesia in the country with Rafflesia consueloae, the newest discovered Rafflesia species in the Philippines, is the smallest rafflesia to date. R. leonardi meanwhile is named after a notable botanist and author, the late Leonardo L. Co. Other representatives of the species endemic to the Philippines are R. manillana, R. philippinensis, R. speciosa, R. lobata, R. schadenbergiana, R. verrucosa, R. mira also known as R. magnifica.

Everlasting flower, also known as “strawflower” (Helichrysum bracteatum or Xerochrysum bracteatum) is a species of plant appreciated for the brightly-colored flowers it produces. These are used as decor; everlasting flowers can be utilized fresh or dried. H. bracteatum come in yellow, orange, pink, brown, violet, red, and white. In the Philippines, these flowers contribute to the local economy of Baguio and Tagaytay, places of high altitude and cold weather.

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first day cover

Technical Details

TITLE: Popular Flowers of the Philippines – featuring Rafflesia and Everlasting
(Rafflesia)
(HelIchrysum bracteatum)
DATE OF ISSUE: 28 August 2019
KIND OF ISSUE: Definitive
GRAPHIC ARTIST: Rodine C. Teodoro
DENOMINATIONS: Php 14.00 & Php 45.00
STAMP SIZE: 25 mm X 25 mm
SHEET COMPOSITION: 100 (10 X 10)
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset Lithography
PRINTER: Amstar Company, Inc.
PERFORATION: 14
QUANTITY: Php 14.00 – 2,000,000 pcs.
Php 45.00 – 1,500,000 pcs.
FIRST DAY COVER ENVELOPE (FDCE): 2 Designs @ 300 pcs. per design (600 pcs.)

Stamps and Official First Day Covers of Popular Flowers of the Philippines featuring Rafflesia and Everlasting” is available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.

50th Years of Diplomatic ties of Philippines and Singapore on stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Republic of Singapore issued a joint Commemorative Stamps to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both countries friendship and close bilateral ties.

 To symbolize the two nation’s diplomatic relations, the stamps will feature the popular butterflies’ Cethosia luzonica or the “Luzon lacewing butterfly” which represents the Philippines, and Pachllopta aristolochiae or the “common rose butterfly” to embody Singapore.

Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

The relationships between the two countries for the past five (5) decades remain vibrant, and have grown stronger through the years.

The diplomatic relations were formally established between the Philippines and Singapore on May 16, 1969. The two countries were present during the establishment of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) making them both founding members.

Mr. Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, Philippine Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap, PHLPost Chairman of the Board of Directors Norman Fulgencio, Singapore Post Senior Vice President Marjorie Ooi, IMDA Deputy Director Ruth Wong, and PHLPost Business Lines Department Manager, Maximo Sta. Maria has jointly launched the commemorative stamps of both countries.

PHLPost Chairman Norman Fulgencio and Business Lines Department Manager, Maximo Sta. Maria visited the Lion City to formally presented the Souvenir Frame of the joint commemorative stamps.

PHLPost has printed 5,000 copies of the special commemorative stamps designed by PHLPost In-house graphic artist Rodine C. Teodoro, sold for P114.00 each.

Limited copies of Souvenir sheets and official first day covers of Philippines-Singapore 50 years of Diplomatic relationship are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office.

Imaging Womanhood in Stamp Featured at Selyong Pamana Exhibit

Philippine Postal Corporation or (PHLPost) formally opens the Heritage Stamp Exhibit entitled ‘Mga Selyong Pamana, Imaging and Imagining Womanhood in Stamps’ at the Manila Central Post Office Lobby in Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita in Manila on May 9, 2019.

Manila Central Post Office

Kusina ni Mama Sita

Samalamig- gulaman with seaweed extract and syrup

Kusina ni Mama Sita booth offered some well-known sauces, condiments and gulaman made from seaweeds.

Mr. Jaime Laya

Mrs. Conchita Carpio-Morales

dancers

The event started around past 3:00 pm when special guest of honor, Akademiang Pilpino Chairperson and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her keynote message, with PHLPost Chairman Norman Fulgencio and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Virgilio Almario conveying their message of support in the program.

Mrs. Conchita Carpio-Morales presented with framed stamps

group photo

philatelic exhibition

women on heritage stamps

a late afternoon meal was provided by PHLPOST and NCCA

Manila Central Post office left wing side

invited guests, media and Phlpost employees

sandwich, turon , dumplings and vegetable appetizers

Other special dignitaries includes guests from Singapore, Thailand, Bulgaria, Angola embassies.

crowd and special guests

Mutya Pilipinas head Ms. Cory Quirino, former Central Bank governor and Intramuros Administration head Jaime Laya,  former CACC and Bahay Tsinoy Mrs. Teresita Ang- See, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño among others.

ribbon cutting ceremonies

The exhibit showcases 22 frames from notable collectors featuring Philippine stamps depicting Filipina women. The public can enjoy the exhibit for free from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm until May 30, 2019.

stamps, first day covers are available for sale at the Philatelic area. There will be a FREE postal heritage walking tour schedule on May 18, 2019 ( Saturday) from 8:50 am to 12:00 nn.