Saint Paul John Paul 2 Recuerdo de Patay phonecards

Pope John Paul 2 was canonized as a saint on 27 April 2014. CNC a Chinese mobile company had issued a commemorative 4 pieces funeral phonecards to commemorate his death.

Saint John Paul 2 Funeral/ Wake CNC Phonecard set from author’s personal collection

Recuerdo de Patay Funeral Phonecards

The CNC funeral phonecards were sold for 30 yuan per piece ( 120 yuan for 4 pieces set)

The phonecard set bore photos of the late Pope John Paul 2 in funeral casket and his face during the wake. The expiry of the phonecards was December 31, 2010.

Some people might take this as bizarre and eerie memento. Somehow diehard collectors would disagree. This set was quite popular among phonecards and memorabilia collectors from all corners of the globe.

Few decades ago, taking photos of love ones and famous people after their death became a fad and custom when photography was introduced.

I was able to buy this commemorative phonecard set 10 years ago at a local bourse around December 2010 and got the set for few hundred of pesos.

The phonecard set was never used and a couple of set were sold during past few years. The price of the complete set had risen by about 10 fold.

Additional article links and Bibliography:

Best , Jonathan – A Philippine Album: American Era Photographs 1900 -1930, Bookmark , Inc. copyright 1998 page 117

Recuerdos de Patay Memories of Dead Captured on Photos 2015:

Recuerdos de Patay 2019 part 2:


Rico Yan PhoneCard Series

Mr. Ricardo Carlos ” Rico” Castro Yan (March 14, 1975 – March 29, 2002) was a popular matinee celebrity, product endorser, model, entrepreneur, columnist, youth leader and spokesperson.


PLDT touch card series was issued few months after his death in 2002 and was valid for at least 1 year. There are some collectors who collected this in MINT condition and the value was Php 100 each. A collector must shed at least Php 500.00 to complete the entire set.


The card can be used in both local and international call. The proceed from the sale were donated to the Rico Yan Youth Foundation.

Got a chance to visit his tomb located in Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque last year.


PLDT Touchcard

The set includes photos that were taken by his family, friends, life quotation and his specimen signature.

The local phonecard collectors do not have an idea on the exact quantity or number of these phonecard that were issued by PLDT. But it was one of the most sought after item or memorabilia which bore feature of Mr. Rico Yan.


This was after movie posters, magazines, personal signed items or photos with signature.

Used phonecards cost a fraction which were sold between Php 50.00 to Php 150.00 for a set of 5. Phonecards were available during collecting club’s auction and were highly sought after by his fans or collectors from all over the world.


During the first few years, phonecards which featured Rico Yan were mostly sold-out during collecting club’s auction. Eventually took me at least several years before outbidding a fellow collector. The set of 5 used phonecards was bought at around Php 120.00 for the set.

Some of the avid phonecard collectors were former OFW’s, those who use to work for PLDT, Bayantel, Pre-Paid Internet ISP Bonanza dealers or resellers.

In some countries like Japan, Australia and Germany, there were some catalogs published by the telecommunication network companies which issued the phonecards.

Local phonecard collecting community seems to have fizzle out during the past few years since big named telecommunication provider such as PLDT, GLOBE, SMART, BayanTel have not issued collectible series for a number of years.

I totally have forgotten my phonecard collection until few weeks ago while cleaning for my collection. It had been almost 20 years since the passing of Mr. Rico Yan and his life works thru memorabilia have given collectors some nostalgia.

Any additional information on the quantities of the phonecard is highly appreciated.

Note : photos of the phonecard is the property of the author.

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