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Pre-Hispanic Gold on Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

The Philippines is one of the top 10 producers of ” GOLD” in the world. The country had an abundant supply although not as big as South Africa , Australia or United States  .  Gold is very important item for centuries and the usage in the country even pre-dates thousands of years.

Treasure troves of gold items were discovered in many places from death masked in Cebu , gold items in Pila, Laguna to Golden Tara of Butuan and the famed Surigao treasures .

Some of these gold items were exhibited abroad and some local museums like Ayala and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas boast of such treasure items. Asia Society also featured some of the items on display .

Since we could not buy or acquire these items , the best way to have these are stamps issued by Philippine Postal Corporation . Sending them to stamp collectors from all over the world.

The stamps is a good way to promote these national treasure , The stamp was supposed to be issued last December 21, 2016 but somehow it was only this January 3 that PHLPOST had updated their site. The stamp issuance is called “Ancestral Gold ” with the items featured are all from the Ayala Museum collection .

Technical Description 

Kind of Issue : Special

Size of Souvenir Sheet : 100mm x 90mm (4 designs)

Denomination & Quantity : P18 – – – 101,000

Printing Process : Special Embellishment with Gold Foil Stamping and 3D Embossing

Souvenir Sheet : P200 – – – 5,000

Date of Issue : December 21, 2016

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Last Day of Sale :December 20, 2017

Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm

Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro

Sheet Composition : 16on (se-tenant Block of 4)

Perforation : 14

Printing Process : Litho Offset (4 colors)

Designs : Photos of the Pre-colonial Treasures of the Philippines from the collection of Ayala Museum.

2017 Year of the Rooster Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

2017 Year of the Rooster stamp was issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation . This is the 26th year that PHLPOST will be issuing a Special issue with Chinese zodiac sign . The first issuance  in the country was in 1991 .

The issuance met with high regards especially to worldwide stamp collectors collecting Chinese Zodiac stamps. The stamp is said to be available at the Main Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila starting last December 15 , 2016.

It was keenly observed by many stamp collectors that , PHLPOST should have issued these special stamp at least last November 2016 in order to give way for local and international stamp collectors more time to mail these special issue.

Php 18  face value denomination is meant to mailed in the provinces or even in other parts of Asia and not within Metro Manila , Plus the Php 45.00 souvenir sheet is also meant to be mailed for other countries.  Mailed a couple of postcards last December 16 and some of them still did not arrive at the country of destination .

The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

2017 Is a Fire Rooster Year

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Fire Rooster, for example, comes once every 60-year cycle.

What “Fire Rooster” Means

It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac sign and element. So there are five types of Roosters, each with different characteristics

Technical Description of Stamp

Kind of Issue : Special

Denomination & Quantity : P18, P45 souvenir sheet 101,000 pieces

Souvenir Sheet : P200 . . . 5,000

Date of Issue : December 16, 2016

Last Day of Sale :December 15, 2017

Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm

Sheet Composition :16on (2 designs)

Size of Souvenir Sheet : 63mm x 63mm

Diameter : 38.1mm

Perforation : 14

Printing Process

Stamps : Litho Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet : Embellishment – Gold Foil
& Special Round Perforation with

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Designer : Rodine C. Teodoro

Christmas Stamp 2016 issued by Philippine Postal Corporation

Great News to all stamp collectors all over the world ,

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released special “Parol” stamps featuring one of the most iconic symbols of Filipino Christmas spirit and goodwill.

The star-shaped Christmas lantern known locally as “Parol” is now on postage stamps.

The “lantern stamps” features a special or spot lamination which is different from other regular issued postage stamps. The Christmas color of red, white, and green reflects the Filipino Christmas celebration which is colorful, lively and full of bright lights.

Philippine lantern called Parol / Farol

Traditionally, the Parol (lanterns) have a star-shaped framework made of bamboo sticks which are then covered by colored pieces of either Japanese or crepe paper. The most common form is a five-pointed star with two decorative “tails”.

Parol is a representation of the star of Bethlehem that was used by the Biblical Magi as marker of the birth place of the baby Jesus.

The star-shaped lanterns are displayed hanging outside the house, along the busy streets and small villages.  This kind of lantern was used by barrio folk to light their paths during the ritual yuletide dawn Masses called Misa de Gallo.

Recently, innovations from Pampanga include production of lanterns with electronic lights that can be programmed to produce a dancing effect, using LED rope lights, known as “flexilight” lanterns.

PHLPost has printed 101,000 copies of the block of four stamps with different designs and denominations sold at P12 and P17, respectively. The Php 12.00 stamp can be used for mailing within Metro Manila and nearby provinces . The Php 17.00 can be used for mailing postcard to foreign countries.

The stamps and official first day cover are now available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.


Miss Universe 2015 Special Stamps to be Issued by PHLPOST

Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , Manila -Philippines

The Philippine Postal Office will release a commemorative stamp in honor of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2015- photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Philippine  Postal Communication office added that no member of the 8-person Philippine  Postal Corporation ( PHLPOST ) stamp advisory committee objected  the proposal when this was presented  to the committee  sometime late December 2015 of having a commemorative stamp for Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2015 in National Costume – photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Ms.Pia Wurtzbach will be the third Philippine title holder of Miss Universe to have a special stamp. The 2 former Miss Universes includes Ms. Gloria Diaz and Maria Margarita Moran .

Miss Universe 1969 and Miss Universe 1973 in a se-tenant stamps together with the old Miss Universe crown and 1994 Miss Universe logo

The last time PHLPOST issued a commemorative stamps for Miss Universe was May 1994 when Miss Universe was hosted in the country for the second time.  As of the press time , PHLPOST representatives were in talks with the Binibining Pilipinas Charity Incorporated franchise holder of Miss Universe in the country since 1964.

Miss Universe 1994 souvenir sheet

They are planning to launch the special stamp during her arrival anytime from January 23,to January 30 2015 .




PHLPOST Issues President Corazon Aquino Second Series Floral Paintings with Scent Stamps

Boracay Room- Sofitel Luxury Hotel , Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City – Philippines

Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz , Ms. Pinky Aquino -Abellada and Ms. Deedee Siytangco

The Philippine Postal Corporation in observance of former President Corazon ” Cory ” Aquino sixth death anniversary on August 1, A second series of special scented stamps which depicted her lifeworks on her favorite subject matter ” flowers ” was finally launched on July 29, 2015 at the Boracay Room of Hotel Sofitel in Pasay City.

There was a small gallery of stamps and first day covers from the past issuance of PHLPOST. There were 11 such stamps that depicted President Corazon Aquino from 1986 People Power stamps to the current scented paintings on stamps.

As her duties in Malacañang Palace ended in 1992 , a new journey for President Corazon Aquino was invited by a group of friends to join a painting class. She hesitated because , she said, she could not even draw. Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, the eldest child of Cory and the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. prodded her mother to pursue painting.

painting featured in stamps

” I told her , Come on mom, they’ll make nice gifts’ . It’s not so much the painting but the one who painted it. A painting is also something that you can leave to your children ; it becomes a treasure . Because of my persistence , she finally gave in , ” Ballsy told SELYO ( official magazine of PHLPOST )  in an interview.

SELYO Magazine – July, August , September 2015 issue

A GIFT that MONEY Cannot BUY :

Cory would paint on different surfaces and materials including trays , flat stones , porcelain, canvas and even bags. Painting relaxed her, and it brought her closer to her family. Soon she became enamored with the craft , Cory started giving them away her paintings as gifts to family members, close friends, colleagues in politics and wedding godchildren.

MMDA Chairperson Mr. Francis Tolentino

We also saw Mr. Francis Tolentino during the lunch, he just stayed for a few minutes

According to Ms. Deedee Siytangco, They received their first and only painting by Cory in 1999 when her daughter Ms.Sandeee Marasigan , gave birth to daughter Amanda on January 24- which also was the birthday of Cory Aquino .

L-R Ms. Zyann Ambrosio ( ABS-CBN channel 2) , Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo -(GMA channel 7 ) and Ms. Ina Andolong ( CNN-Philippines)

The event is well covered by major television station and broad sheet like Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer. I am quite lucky together with Ms. Jimmy Ang ( APO Philatelic Society ) to have the privilege to cover the event .

Ms. Rina Jimenez-David and Ms. Julie Yap -Daza

The former President stood as sponsor at the wedding of Sandee and husband Andrew . She gave them an oil on wood painting of flowers . Famous People like Mr. George Schultz , a former Secretary of State of US President Ronald Regan , remarried , Cory gave him a painting on wood . He send Cory A wonderful “thank you ” note.

Mrs. Teena Sarino and Mr. Jeffrey Consumo

Mr. Jeffrey Consumo is the art instructor for former President Corazon Aquino and her friends. While Mrs. Teena Sarino is one of Mrs. Cory Aquino friends and classmate in painting sessions.

Ms. Ms. Lilia de Lima, Ms. Teena Sarino, Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña , Mr. Ceasar Sarino with Ms. Deedee Siyangco  and Ms. Macaria Leonardo ( standing )

Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña, Metrobank Foundation president, former Cabinet Secretary, said: “Tita Cory played a pivotal role in the development of our country even after her presidential term. She served as Metrobank Foundation chairperson in our board of advisers from 1993 until the time of her demise.  The foundation had purchased Php 100,000 worth of stamps and First Day Covers.
 a short press conference and q and a portion was held Bulong Pulugan sa Sofitel 

Another prominent figure , Brunei royalty , invited Cory to visit even after her presidency . ” She brought him , ” Your Majesty , I know you can buy anything you want but I’m into painting now and I thought I’d give you something that’s not for sale.” She presented him with her painting. They were pleased , and it made mom happy” This was according to Ms. Ballsy Aquino -Cruz. recalled.

ceremonial autograph signing

Cory’s subjects revolved around faces, landscapes, rosaries and most notably flowers.Her favorite subject was flowers. People would say , Your mom really likes flowers ! Yes, she did but she always said she painted flowers because it was the only thing she could paint” ! Ms. Ballsy Aquino -Cruz recalled.

complete set of stamp souvenir, sheetlet and first day cover with cancellation marks

Five different paintings of ” Tita Cory” is included at the special block of 4 stamp and a souvenir sheet. About 400,000 copies in four design of the special scented stamps is printed using imported unwatermarked paper and floral scented ink.  PHLPOST has also printed 50,000 copies of the souvenir sheet at Php 120 each plus 12% VAT.

Here are the link to last year’s stamp launching : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/phlpost-launched-the-flower-paintings-of-president-corazon-aquino-on-scented-stamps/

President Corazon Aquino memorabila exhibit at Glorietta

Manny Pacquiao Commemorative Stamps to be Issued by PHLPOST

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , 1000 , Manila-Philippines

Manny Pacquiao commemorative souvenir sheet stamp priced at Php 40 each

 Philippine Postal Corporation will be releasing special postage stamps to show support for eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. in what is dubbed as the “Fight of the Century.” Set to be released for Php 10 each, PHLPost will be putting out a total of 500,000 copies of  the Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” postage stamps. 30,000 copies of the souvenir sheet will also be released, priced at Php 40 each. Aside from the Php 40.00 souvenir sheet.

Php 10.00 stamp

There will be First Day Cover which will cost around Php 100 plus 12% VAT and the ordinary Php 10.00 definitive stamp.

Manny Pacquiao block of 4 souvenir sheet issued by PHLPOST in 2008

Pacquiao was already featured in a postage stamp in 2008, ahead of his June bout with David Diaz.  It is rare that Phlpost issues living Filipinos , Aside from current presidents , visiting head of states past issuance included Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran  commemorative stamp which was issued in 1994 when the country hosted the Miss Universe pageant. Miss World 2013 Megan Young is one of the few living Filipinos honored with such issuance. The stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover shall be available at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and  post offices nationwide.  For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

Note: This was the publicity release coming from PHLPOST that the stamps will be available in major post offices nationwide.

Pope Francis Stamp Design Contest Winners awarded by Philippine Postal Corporation

Muralla Room , Bayview Hotel, Intramuros, Manila -Philippines

L-R Mr. Mark Leo Maac , Mr. Don Bryan Micheal Bunag , Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz, Mr. Enrique Tagle , Mr. Dave Arjay Tan and Mr. Salvador Bañares Jr.

The Philippine Postal Corporation offers an exciting line-up scheduled to be released on 2015 for worldwide stamp collectors, memorabilia hunters and omnibous collectors .

For 2014 , some of the popular stamp issuance are Iglesia ni Cristo  100th anniversary , Pope John Paul canonization stamps , President Corazon Aquino paintings on scented papers and Miss World 2013 Megan Young stamps.

stamp design contest winners and their immediate family members

Mr. Don Bryan Micheal Bunag explaining his artwork design to a reporter of TV channel 5

Don Bryan Micheal Bunag hails from the old capital town of Bulakan, Bulacan  province . He is studying at the Bulacan State University . His art work  depicts Cardinal Tagle bowing down and Pope Francis . It appears that the Pope is listening to the problems and consoling manner.

Mr. Salvador Bañares Jr. received cash prize from Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

The highlight of the 2015 Philippine stamp calendar issuance are the several new technologies that PHLPOST will be using starting with the issuance of Pope Francis Visit stamps to be printed in 3D Embossing and Hot Foil Stamping Coinage Stamps. For people who are not familiar with these stamp issuance , They are already several issuance in other Asian countries like in Thailand or Malaysia .

Mr. Dave Arjay Tan is from Valenzuela City

Mr. Mack Leo Maac from Meycauayan , Bulacan also from Bulacan State University

Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and Mr. Enrique Tagle unveils a new  stamp bulletin / magazine called SELYO

Selyo magazine will be a quarterly publication of PHLPOST which can be useful for stamp collectors,  memorabilia collectors and students.  This magazine is a reminiscence of Philippine Philatelic Journal published in the mid-1960’s to the early 1980’s . It keeps stamp collectors updated with the recent issues, stories about stamps and collectors .

Phlpost also made a public unveiling ceremony of the 2014 Philippine Christmas stamps . The stamps are already available at the main post office starting last November 10, 2014 . I already bought several sheets of the Christmas 2014 stamps and  send some to my swap-mates from all over the world .

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marla Buhain Espiritu , Mr. Enrique Tagle and Mr. Marc Laurente for the invitation extended .

Here are some of the stamps issuance slated for 2015:


National Artist for Theater ( Centennial- January 3, 2015)

Valentines 2015- Forever in Love ( January 14, 2015)-* Valentines stamps are normally issued a month before the actual celebration – This is to give letter and stamp collectors enough time to mail the stamps

Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines ( January 15, 2015)

Philippine Iran Diplomatic Relations -50th anniversary ( January 22, 2015)

Philippines-Israel -Joint Commemorative Issue ( January 27, 2015 )


University of the Philippines – 100 Years of College of Dentistry ( February 2015)

Liceo de Cagayan University -60th anniversary diamond jubilee

Salud Tesoro ( Birth Centenary ) -February 6,2015

Philippine Economic Zone Authority 20th anniversary ( Metallic Printing )

Lamberto Abellana – National Artists for Theater and Film (Birth Centenary) -February 12, 2015)

PhilHealth 20th anniversary -February 14, 2015


Philippine Topical Stamp-Issue ” Philippine Popular Fruits”

First Quarter -Topical Issue-Insects featuring Tutubi ( Dragonflies) March 23,2015


450th Anniversary of the finding of the image of Santo Nino de Cebu

April 28,2015 -Commemorative Issue ( Tactile Velvet Finish )


National Heritage Month

Philippine Hibiscus ( Gumamela) Celebrities and Famous Personalities named after Hibiscus hybrids bred by plant breeders from University of the Philippines, Los Banos- Laguna

Emilio ” ABE” Aguilar – ( Birth Centenary)- May 22, 2015


Ateneo de Naga University -75th anniversary ( June 4, 2015 )

Second Quarter  Topical Issue -Sarangola /  Philippine Kites   ( June 24, 2015)


President Corazon Aquino Paintings ( Series 2) August 1, 2015

* Due to the overwhelming public response , Phlpost will be issuing a second series will be printed ( These will be from a different set of paintings )

ASEAN Community 2015 -August 8, 2015


N.V.M Gonzales – National Artist for Literature ( Birth Centenary)- September 8, 2015

Philippines-Poland ( 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations) -September 22, 2015

THIRD QUARTER- Topical Issue

Featuring- Jellyfishes ( September 22, 2015 ) Special Issue –Thermochromic Ink Printing

*There is a color change when the paper is expose to different temperature

San Miguel Corporation 125th anniversary -September 28, 2015


Manuel Conde National Artist for Cinema ( Birth Centenary ) October 15, 2015

November  and December

National Stamp Collecting Month ( November 2015)

Peel-Off Sticker Stamp -featuring stamp collecting process ( November 10, 2015 )* This is a worldwide trend that stamps are like stickers which can be easily peeled-off.

FOURTH Quarter Topical Stamp Issue- Philippine Wildlife -( November  11, 2015 )

Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2015

November 2015 -Special Issuance

* Note- Stamp collectors from the APEC member countries will be looking forward to this special stamp issuance to commemorate the Philippines Second -time hosting of the APEC – The last one was held in 1996 Subic Bay during the incumbency of then President Fidel V. Ramos

Pasko 2015 -Christmas 2015-Bridges Foundation Artwork -November 2015  ( Special Issue)

2016 Year of the Monkey -December 1, 2015 ( Special Issue)

Other Upcoming Issuance for 2015

* San Pablo City -75th Anniversary

* Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo -150th anniversary

* Romblon State University -100years

* 2015 Visit Philippines Stamp -in cooperation with the Department of Tourism