Colorful 30th SEA Games Stamps issued by PHLPOST

Colorful and vibrant stamps and first day covers were issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released new set of special commemorative stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover of the 2019 SEA Games.

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30th SEA Games Stamps and First Day Covers

To honor our country’s athlete and the Philippine’s hosting of this year’s “30th Southeast Asian Games”,

With the games officially begun, there are fifty-six sports spread out over a total of five hundred thirty separate events, operating at venues in Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and other areas.

Local and foreign stamps enthusiast will have the chance to buy these colorful items featuring the SEA Games motto “We Win as One” and the four (designs) of sports discipline which includes weightlifting, badminton, cycling and billiards. Each stamp cost P12.

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first day covers

A special limited edition souvenir sheet of stamps covering different sports events and a stamp featuring the colorful “hands” clasped in solidarity for the South East Asian (SEA) Games.

Stamps will be available at the Post Shop, Manila Central Post Office starting Monday, Dec. 2.

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Stamp Design and Philatelic Bulletin

The Special Souvenir Sheet has a special die-cut embellishment to shape the silhouette of a basketball player which highlights the popularity of the sports to the Filipinos. The Price for the Special Souvenir Sheet is P67 each.

The first Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) started in 1959 and is held as a biennial event. This year there are eleven participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Philippines

Each stamp bears the logo of the Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games. The SEA Games will run from 30 November until 11 December 2019. PHLPost in-house graphic artist Rodine Teodoro designed the colorful SEA Games Stamps.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day covers of “Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games” will be available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.  Interested collectors may call Tel. 8527-01-08

Filipino Music Icons to be Feature by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue limited edition stamps to launch their Pinoy Music Icons series this coming November 15, 2019.

This will also coincide with “National Stamp Collecting Month” and to honor the distinguished careers of Mr. Joey “Pepe” Smith, Rico J. Puno and Rene Garcia of Hotdog that transcend generations and continue to resonate with music fans of all ages.

The Pinoy Music Icons stamps of Smith, Garcia and Puno was designed by PHLPost in house creative artist Rodine Teodoro as part of PHLPost’s celebration for National Stamp Collecting Month and 252 Years of Postal Service.

Mr. Maximo Sta. Maria III, Officer-In-Charge at the Office of the Assistant Postmaster General of PHLPost said their Pinoy Music Icons concept began to take shape following the demise of the three pillars of Original Pilipino Music.

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Filipino Music Icons on Stamps

In other countries like the United States have issued stamps to honor their music icons like in 2013, the Music Icons series in the US have honored popular music artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and John Lennon.

When the idea of issuing stamps for Smith, Garcia and Puno was first presented to the Philippine Stamp Committee composed of representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippine Philatelic Federation (PPF), the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and PHLPost, it was unanimously approved without any objection.

Regarded as the face of Pinoy Rock, Pepe Smith helped pioneer the OPM sub-genre as a member of the classic line-up of the Juan Dela Cruz band together with Mike Hanopol and Wally Gonzalez. A highly influential figure in the local rock scene, Smith was the voice behind iconic hits like “Himig Natin,” “Beep Beep” and “Titser’s Enemi No. 1” and was actively performing until his untimely demise.

Rene Garcia is a founding member and lead singer of Hotdog, the band that pioneered The Manila Sound, another popular sub-genre. Characterized by his signature, sexy twang, Garcia’s vocals propelled Hotdog to greater heights with hits like “Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko” “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga Ka Day” and the band’s anthemic signature song, “Manila.”

Dubbed as The Total Entertainer for his ability to wow audiences in every show he headlined, Rico J. Puno was also an exceptional balladeer who occasionally strayed into rhythm and blues territory. Distinguished by his husky, baritone vocals, Puno was responsible for some of the most iconic OPM classics that include “Kapalaran,” “May Bukas Pa,” “Lupa” and his signature song, “Macho Gwapito.”

The families of the three icons were likewise thrilled with the idea of their kin being honored with commemorative stamps.

As part of the stamp’s launch, PHLPost will mount an exhibit of memorabilia items from the three icons courtesy of their respective families. The exhibit will take place also this November at the Manila Central Post Office building in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila.

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.

Asean 2019 :Philippine Costumes Featured by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation or (PHLPOST ) issued a new Php 12.00 ASEAN 2019 to mark the anniversary of the founding of Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) this month in connection to the thematic release of costume.

The stamp features a a male wearing a barong tagalog and female wearing a traje de mestiza.

Philippine Costumes: Technical Description:

Artist: Ms. Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu

Stamp Denomination: Php 12.00 ( single design)

Stamp Size: 35mm by 50mm

Stamps per sheet: 40

Perforation: 14

Printer: Amstar Company

Process: Offset Lithography

Quantity: 20,000 pieces

Stamp and First Day Cover is available at the Manila Central Post office starting August 08, 2019.  Those who wanted to buy this issue, Phlpost Post shop will be open on August 17 Saturday during the upcoming Royal Postal Heritage tour.