Philippine TB Seal 2020 Unveiled

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. will be launching the Philippine TB Seal 2020 also known as Christmas seal, Charity Stamps or Fund Raising Stamps. This is in partnership with various Filipino artists, cause oriented group, TB seal and philatelic collectors.

The TB seal 2020 to 2021 was supposed to the launched last August 2020 in time for the anniversary of the society, but due to the lock down, it was moved to first week of December 1, 2020 via zoom and virtual launching by 10:00 am.

Philippine TB Seal 2020

TB seal 2020 focuses on different art works done by well-known Filipino artists which pay tribute to medical front liners, nurses, doctor, health care worke. This also includes positivity and the bayanihan spirit among Filipino people as a nation.

Tb seal 2020-2021 first day cover

The art works done by the artists gives HOPES to all humanity in this trying times.

Do not forget to add this wonderful two sets of Philippine Christmas seal 2020-2021 in your collection by purchasing the highly collectible series. One can help the society in alleviating tuberculosis among the indigent patients.

Featured Filipino Artists

Several Filipino artists like Mr. Raul Isidro, Mr. Edgar Doctor, Mr. Al Perez, Mr. Egai Fernandez, Virgilio Labial, Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor, Mr. “Nemi” Miranda, Mr. Erano Francisco Garcias, Mr. Fil Dela Cruz , Mr. Janillo Adorador among others were featured.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc.

Since 1910, when the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) was founded, the organization has been conducting yearly TB Seals Campaign. The seals then were printed abroad, and it was only in 1947 when the TB seals started being produced locally.

In 1985, a highly organized campaign was initiated with the formation of a TB Seal Committee to oversee and ensure the success of the TB seal fund drive. As with the past years, PTSI’s 2012 TB Seal Campaign elicited a lot of support from various sectors of Philippine society, with around 18,000 TB seal sheets sold, totaling 720,000 individual stamps.

Another popular issue was in 2015 on Pope Francis state visit

Last 2019, Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) featured Philippine dances

Tuberculosis is still a major problem in the country and still one of the top 10 leading cause of mortality among Filipinos.

For further details, kindly contact Mr. Almario “Rio” Alfonso via mobile at 09333628134

Contact -Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (02) 781-37-47 / 781-3761 loc. 132

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2019 TB Seal Features Philippine Dances

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Incorporated (PTSI) unveiled their 2019 Tuberculosis seal also known as Christmas seal as one of the highlights of the institution anniversary.

2019 Tuberculosis Society Seal or Christmas Seal

2019 TB Seal Launching Program

The program started with a short message from Engineer Romeo C. Ranjo (TB seal committee). followed by an inspirational message from Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor ( chairperson TB seal committee).

Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor ( chairman of the tb seal committee)

Cancellation of the first day covers and TB seal issued by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society. Proceeds of the fund raising campaign goes to the society and funding of indigent patients of the Quezon Institute.

tb seal

2019 TB seal with signatures

TB seal 2019 is printed in low quantity of 7,500 sheets and only 100 first day cover (FDC) were printed just for the occasion.

tb seal 2019 ceremonial cancellation

tb seal board members

The artists, tb seal committee members who were instrumental for the success of the 2019 TB seal were awarded a certificate of appreciation.

All the artists who contributed their works of art, time and allowing their works to be featured on a pro-bono basis. Some of the artists included Ms. Menchu Arandilla, Mr. Micheal Velasco, Ms. Ronna Manansala, Ms. Rizza Perez, Mr. Al Perez, Mr. Manuel Baldemor.

Mr. Manuel Baldemor

ceremonial autograph signing

Cultural Dance Performances

modern dance number



Quezon Institute employees in native attire

The employees and staff of Quezon Institute performed modern dances, tinikiling and cariñosa during the intermission.

Edna Pascual Catering Service

Closing remarks was led by Ms. Victoria B. Punzal. Lunch was serve by Ms. Edna Pascual Catering Service.

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photo booth

There was a photo booth where employees can take groupies and souvenir photo. All smiles for all the employees, tb seal committee members and guests.

Note: The author would like to “Thank” Mr. Rio Alfonso and members of the TB seal committee for the warm invite!

Philippine Tuberculosis Society’s 109th Anniversary Program

It was a hot sunny day at the Julia Vargas Hall within Quezon Institute when a mass was celebrated at past 8:30 am.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society and Quezon Institute

Philippine Tuberculosis Society and Quezon Institute Anniversary

The thanksgiving mass was officiated by a priest from nearby Christ the King Seminary. This marks two important occasions, The 109th founding anniversary of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society (PTS) and 81st anniversary of Quezon Institute.

He shared the same sentiments and views on both institution being founded during the early part of the American regime.

Quezon Institute -Julia Vargas Hall

Lagablab ng Espiritu Santo choir

The building is consider as a heritage landmarks done by a prominent Filipino architect Juan Nakpil.

CCP and Architectural Achives of the Philippines

The building is one of the few art deco style architecture within the city that dates back during the middle part of the commonwealth regime.

There was a short break after the mass, the author had the opportunity to take some photos and met some artists behind the TB seals issued by the institute for the past several years.

One of the highlight of the program was the service award of employees. There were employees who served 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years and 30 years. They were given recognition for their valuable service to the institution and to the Filipino people.

Engineer Romeo Ranjo together with PTS secretariat and artists

Aside from the award, They were also given cash incentives. A mix modern dance number and cultural dance were performed by the employees of the institute.

TB Seal 2019 Stamp Issuance

TB Seal 2019 campaign of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) will be launched together with the anniversary celebrations of Philippine Tuberculosis Society’s Institute’s 109th foundation day and the 81st inauguration of its hospital arm, the Quezon Institute.  This special event will be held on the 16th of August 2019.


TB seal 2019

Beautiful works of art featuring Philippine dances done by Filipino artists, photographers and painters.  Proceeds from the sale of the TB seal will go to the institute and their projects.

Thanksgiving Mass at 8:30 a.m. at the Julia Vargas Hall of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Institute building, Quezon Institute compound, E. Rodriguez, Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.

Those who wanted to purchase these collectible TB seals 2019, Please call Mr. Almario ” Rio”  Alfonso 781-37-47 / 781-3761 loc. 132 (office hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm )or (0942-2532928).

2014 TB Seal Launching at the Julia Vargas Hall by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society

 Main lobby , Julia Vargas Hall, Philippine Tuberculosis Society , E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City -Philippines

L-R Top Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus ( Philpost Stamp Advisory Committee member)  , Mr. Robert V. Araos (2014 TB seal committee member ) Engineer Romeo C. Ranjo ( 2014 TB seal committee member )

L-R Down Seated  : Mr. Nemesio L. Rivera and wife ( Mr. Nemesio Rivera is hailed as ” Father of Philippine TB seals ) Now , at almost 90 years-old and still active in stamp and TB seal collecting .

It was a cloudy day last week , When the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. together with their patrons, sponsors, board members , artists , TB seal collectors were invited to a morning of program, advocacy and fund raising activities at the institute .

The entire Quezon Institute compound was made as a place where tuberculosis patients can be properly taken -cared . It was built in the 1940’s and their buildings are of art deco architecture .

board members and guests

Philippine Issuance:

TB mortality in the country during the Spanish era well up to the American colonial era is very high . This cause an alarm, since it is contagious and can affect the public.  In a meeting of concerned citizens and government officials decided to form the Philippine Anti-Tuberculosis Society in August 1910.  In October 20 of same year ,  the Society approved the issuance of the Philippines’ first Christmas seals, and 500,000 seals were produced by the Bureau of Printing, Manila.

In September 1917, the Society was appointed by the US National Association as its representative for the sale of Christmas seals in the Philippines.  Thus,  US Red Cross seals, and later, NTA seals were “officially” sold and used in the Philippines from 1917 up to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1941.

In 1940 and 1941, Elizalde & Co., an old and respected commercial company, issued its own private Christmas seals, which were given away free to the public upon request.  In 1946 crudely printed TB seals were issued and there was not much publicity about its issuance.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society decided to start regularly issuing Christmas seals every year starting 1947 . The issues from 1947 to 1970, were printed in the United States and Japan.  From  1973,  seals were produced exclusively by Philippine printers.

Most the theme gradually increased with the issuance of topical issues like zodiac signs, churches, flora, fauna , paintings from well-known artists  , famous heroes , dances and fiestas .

SEMI-Postal :

TB seals is a form of fund raising activity by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society and for every sheet that is bought by any individual or an institution can help indigent patients with TB and  other cause oriented projects by the society.

It is also called ” Charity Stamps “,  ” Fund Raising Stamps” or ” Christmas FUND Raising Stamps“. They are usually added to all letters and even parcels when the ” BER ” season arrived . They are added to the letters , some stamp collectors would still collect commercially used envelopes with TB seals .

Mr. Manuel Baldemor

Mr. Manuel Baldemor is the 2014 TB seal chairman and his artwork were among the paintings featured .

Although they are not mandatory requisite if a person fail to add these TB seals affixed to their letters or parcel during the Chistmas season .   PHLPOST used to sell these types of semi-postal items until 2010 . I have not seen any TB seal for sale at the main post office or even at some of the Metro Manila post offices that i have visited .

I do not know what happened to the partnership between Phlpost and Philippine Tuberculosis Society . BUT this is for a noble cause .

2014 theme is ” Bountiful Harvest ” is a series of paintings by over a dozen Filipino artists .

For inquiries and Those who wish to help the Philippine Tuberculosis Society , try to visit them .

Direct Line: 781-3761 Loc. 132

Address : Quezon Institute – Julia Vargas Building along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City . It is just beside Puregold .  

Operating Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm – Mondays to Fridays

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Cely , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Robert Araos and Engr. Romeo Ranjo for the invitation .

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