Postal Heritage Tour and Talks

Philippine Philatelic Federation which is an NGO organization of several stamp clubs in partnership with PHLPOST, Pilipinas Philately ,WalkwithChan, Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles FB, Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and among other cause oriented stamp and postcard collecting group is inviting the general public, students, heritage advocates, stamp collectors and tourists to join this FREE guided tour, lecture and explore the historic Manila Central Post Office.

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Here are tentative schedule for September 21,2019 ( Saturday ): ( Manila Central Post Office main lobby )

8:50 am to 9:00 am registration and assembly
9:00 am to 9:10 am briefing by Mr. Rence Chan ( walkwithchan) games, trivia and on the spot raffle.
9:10 to 9: 30am – Ms. Arlene Labao- ( philatelic section )
9:30 am to 10:00am- Mrs. Josie Cura -special talks about philately and heroes .

10:00am to 11:45 am -post office tour, facilities, P.O. boxes, sorting of mails, proposed museum and gallery, post shoppe.

Parking space is at the left side portion of the post office beside the ( Postal Saving Bank/ OFW Bank) area.

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Last month several bloggers and vloggers like Finding Tom,LOLPhilosopher went to the tour.

Note: For the “Certificate of Attendance” please try to attend the activity and wait between 3 weeks to 1 month before claiming at the PHLPOST. Contact Persons: Ms. Abi Tarroza, Ms. Perla Goco or Ms. Arlyn Labao (02) 527-01-08 or 527-01-32 ( Mondays to Fridays ) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Post Crossing Philippines and Enthusiast Eyeball

Manila Central Post Office compound, Manila Philippines

It was a bright sunny day on November 23, 2011 when a small group of  post card and stamp collectors met at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post Office more popularly called Lawton, Post Office .

P.O. Boxes 

The author arrived past 8:00 am then followed -by Mr. Jonathan Blaza a postcard , stamp , coin  collector . Aside from these collections , he also had other hobbies like orchid growing ,  breeding African love birds , scorpions and spiders. He was soon followed by Ms. Julie Flores , Mr. Jong Esteban Caytiles and Mr. Edge Azurin who was the last to arrived . He seems to be lost in the chaotic streets of Manila.

L-R Mr. Jong Caytilles , Lawrence Chan , Mrs. Elenita San Diego -Manager Postage and Philatelic Department , Mr. Jonathan Blaza and Ms. Julie Flores

The small group was also welcomed by Postage and Philatelic Department -manager Mrs. Elenita San Diego.

One of the first agenda of the meet was the short lecture to be conducted by the marketing and administration personnel of the post office,  After a brief question and answer portion. the group led by Ms. Annadel Bangalisan who toured the group in the post office operations.

L-R Mr. Edge Azurin , Mr. Jonathan Blaza , Ms. Olive Valderama Operation Officer , Ms. Julie Flores and Mr. Jong Caytiles

section where letters are sorted 

According to the group discussion , some of the unusual packages and letters that were received by the post office were pornographic materials, semen samples, drugs , illegal weapons, firearms and even marijuana .  The most recent was the anthrax  scare  in January 7, 2009 were about a dozen postal employees were said to be expose on the substance . The package contained a powdery substance, which according to our resource person , said follows a trend of 70-plus hoaxes sent to several US post offices and missions.  Most of the items were confiscated by the post office.

boxes of business class letters ready to be sorted and delivered

registered mail service by the Philpost from a well-known insurance company 

A short lecture by Ms. Olive Valderama was conducted . Mostly on the operations of the post office . The small group also went to the section for  sorting of letters and registered business  mail

Grendizer TV anime and manga character by Mr. Go Nagai

This life-sized statute was initially shipped to France, Its total mail cost which included air- freights  and custom duties  reached well over 14,000 pesos ! However the recipient in France did not accept the package and was returned back to the country.

Dead Mail Section

Dead Mail Office / Section ¬† A letter or package becomes “dead” when neither its sender nor its recipient can be identified, most often because the delivery address is incorrect or absent and the return address is also incorrect or absent. Morie the sender address the letter to Mr. Philip Dari- this postcard unfortunately never made it to the recipient ( maybe without stamps )

The dead mail office in which undelivered letters and parcels could be found (In the Philippines,  it would take at least 3 times for these items to be delivered by postal employees to the recipient before they end-up in this office .  )

United States Postal Service adopted the more politically correct name “mail recovery center” to refer to what had been gloomily known as the dead letter office. Besides giving a positive outlook ¬†to the concept of a dead letter office by focusing on the mail that is¬†actually recoverable, the other change in the name – a shift from “letter” to “mail” – since the US postal service also included parcels.

bust of batman

These are some of the reasons ‘why” the letters or parcels may not be able to reach their owners.

a.) Insufficient address ¬†–¬†Senders use an incorrect recipient address and omit a return address¬†/ change of address without proper notification to the postal workers or to the community.

b.) In-legible handwriting- sometimes ink smeared beyond recognition is the culprit .

c.) Fictitious¬†name and Fictitious address . Some of the recipient would put Bugs Bunny, Santa Clause, Count Dracula etc….

d.) Refusal to accept by the recipient of the letters / parcel

e.) Items are mistakenly dropped into mail boxes with other mail.

f.)  Illegal items like drugs

space rocket made from wood

   Before these items are properly auctioned -off to interested buyers. This usually takes several months . Then , the small group went to the small air conditioned eatery at the back of the post office to eat the lunch. Some of the group started arranging their giveaways and postcards items for swapping .

                                                          PEDCO eatery  is one of the few canteens located within the post office compound

This so called eyeball / meet-up or swap meet was organized by some members of the Post Crossing Philippines and Post Crossing Enthusiast face book members  .   Unlike regular meetings of other societies and clubs , most of the interactions made was by internet and Facebook ,  swapping with fellow postcard collectors. Most of the physical activities are intermittent since most of the members are busy and out of town.

postcards from the dead mail section of the post office

Postcard¬†Collecting or Deltiology is considered as one of the ¬†popular hobbies in the country . It caters to travelers¬†, students , diplomats, post card and ¬†stamp collectors but due to changing times, postcard collecting is ¬†slowly confined to a small community ¬†and sometimes few vintage pre-war postcards ¬†items would also be ¬†sold in some collecting group like Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club , Bayanihan Collectors’ Club or Philippine¬†Numismatic¬†and Antiquarian Society during their monthly meeting.

giveaway for the attendees

Postcards and stamps  compliment  each other. Both tell a story , both are used as a form of communication. while postcards serves as an open type of letter  and stamps are also used as a  proof of delivery rendered  by the post office. Some may say that  due to the internet age , just like snail mail, post card swapping and collecting is slowly dying . But , this eyeball meet may prove the skeptics wrong . At around  past 1:00 pm members of the group started arriving at the postal museum and library .

The 20 plus members of the group were very friendly and some came from as far as Cagayan de Oro City, Baguio, Laguna and United States of America .

Ms. Ruby Ricafrente is the founder of the group

A blogger , post card , key chain and fridge magnet collector. She hails from the city of golden friendship Cagayan de Oro City.

Ms. Jenny Dominguez is from Baguio City and took time to attend the swap meet and eyeball

She usually makes and design her own postcards using cute comic characters like Hello Kitty . She also collects vintage postcards

for those interested in swapping with her . Contact Information: P.O. Box 728 Baguio City 2600 Philippines

Mr. Ceferino Francisco III nickname: ¬†Von Francisco loves to collect ” Map Postcards” , stamps ¬†and pen pals for those interested in swapping items with him :

Contact Address: Block . 148 Lot 10 Central Bicutan , Taguig City , 1633

Ms. Arlene Colado is From Iligan City

for those interested in swapping with Her Ms. Arlene Collado c/o Ms. Ester Vergon (Iligan Post Office 9200 Iligan City ) She is also a blogger.

Ms. Hazel Holbrook

Address:11203 Water Oak Drive 3605 80th Avenue SE Flint Texas

75762 Jamestown , North Dakota 58401

For those interested in swapping with her, She collects banknotes, stamps,  fridge magnets, postcards and even small glasses

    She gave away interesting magnets from North Dakota , small glasses and postcards from North Dakota . She has a sunny disposition in life and her warm smile kept everyone happy.

Ms. Gennie Corbito or ( Ms. Gene)

Ms. Gene is interested in postcards and old Manila  Contact information: 158 O. De Guzman Street IVC , Marikina City 1802

Ms. Ria R. Romero C/O MTCC BR I. Naga City Camarines Sur 4400

Ms. Ria collects stamps, postcards  and coins. She also customizes postcards and had a blog about postcards.

Mrs. Christine Yao Amador with her daughter is from Laguna . She started to collect postcard more than 10 year ago upon joining the group,  she again restarted the passion to collect postcards .

Mrs. Willa Castro- Stock is from Malabon 

For those who wanted to swap with her. Address: #3 White Lily Street, Araneta Village , Malabon City 1474

      She collects postcards , maximum card and a postcard blogger .

Mr .Edge Azurin

Mr. Edge Azurin is a registered nurse and collects postcards and stamps.

For those interested in swapping with him.

Contact Details: #3 Orkidia Ext. Street. Pembo Fort Bonifacio, Makati City

members of the group pose for a souvenir shot

It  was past 4:00PM when the group ordered a simple snacks which consists of pancit palabok  and soft drinks at the nearby eatery.

pancit palabok ordered from PEDCO eatery

There were mini- raffles , postcard swapping and a lot of chit chat with fellow collectors.  The group then quickly send their postcards in order to beat the 5:00pm closing time. The original plans of touring Intramuros particularly Fort Santiago ,  San Agustin Church and Museum was shoved off due to time constraint . I missed -out a few personalities during the eyeball since everyone is quite busy and press for more time.

At past 6:00pm, the small pack decided to have an impromptu food trip in Binondo. The group walk towards  Quintin Paredes ( Rosario) street  then proceeded to Eng Bee Tin bakery and several more restaurants within the vicinity.

Mr. Von Francisco and Jonathan Blaza taking picture of the dishes 

The group then ordered one of the in-house specialty of SuZhou Dimsum .  According to Ms. Doris Chua the manager of the restaurant, Su Zhou is located in Jiangsu province  is known not only for their food but also beautiful women in China. She  also told the group that their Mabini branch is open 24 hours and also accepts orders and catering services.

sour sauteed shredded potato

These pale-looking, spaghetti-like thin strips are shreds from a potato . The potatoes are blanched  then sauteed in hot peanut oil , sliced green and red bell pepper, vinegar, spring onion leaves and  fresh chillies.

Oyster omelette best accompanied  by banana ketchup 

The group then ordered oyster cake or oyster omelette . The dish consists of an omelette with a filling primarily composed of small  oyster ( talaba ) starch (typically potato ) is mixed into the egg batter and spring onions , giving the resulting egg wrap a thicker consistency. vegetable oil  is often used to fry the omelette. Depending on regional variation, a savory sauce may then be poured on top of the omelette for added taste.

Contact Information:

Address: 807 Sabino Padilla  (Gandara)  Street, Sta. Cruz , Manila

Telephone: 309-73-02 / 733-0530

Store operations: 11:00am to past 10:00pm ( variable)

Ambos Mundos Restaurant at night

The group then proceeded to Salazar Bakery for another round of ¬†sampling¬†of their products. ¬†We walk towards the Sta. Cruz area and went to one of Manila’s famous restaurant landmarks Los¬†Ambos Mundos¬†and ¬†Sun Wah Restaurant.

list of menus listed in blackboard- reminiscence of 19th century Manila

Ambos Mundos was first¬†opened¬†in the late 19th century, ¬†Some say that it dates back to 1888 while some old-time residents of Manila say the restaurant was opened sometime in 1890’s ¬†which was originally located at¬†Estero Cegado

Calle Cegado – from the Spanish word estero cegado meaning a ” closed -up estuary ”¬† .¬†

The estero was gradually filled up with soil and  rock and was renamed- Calle Cegado . The street is located in between   present day Isetann Quiapo and SM City- Quiapo near Plaza Goiti ( now Plaza Lacson)  and specializes in Filipino- Spanish cuisine. There were two other restaurants  located in Ermita and Carriedo looked after by the three sister of  Mang Domeng the great grand father of  Mr. Gaudinez. Over time,  they had to closed the two because of personal reasons and changes in business interests.

According to one of the staff, they were forcibly moved from Calle Cegado for a planned light railway transit station. Their new restaurant closed when the family immigrated to  Winnepeg, Canada in 1993 and reopened in 1997 when Mr. Gaudinez retuned .

signage

The origin of the word which means ‚Äúboth worlds‚ÄĚ, is considered one of the oldest still¬†existing¬†restaurants in Manila. It is owned by Mr. Greg Gaudinez, a Spanish mestizo and his wife Mrs. Kathy Leung- Gaudinez who is of Filipino- Chinese ¬†descent. According to the staff of the restaurant , the original Ambos did not served Paella moreso and asado rolls ¬†but the closest ¬†Chinese cuisine that Ambos served then, was pancit (bihon or canton).

group picture

As the fourth generation successor of the family business, Greg decided to move Ambos Mundos  from its original location to a new one along Florentino Torres  Street where it would be made more visible to the curious passers-by . The location of the new restaurant is near Claro M. Recto Avenue and about 5  minutes walking distance from  LRT line 1 ( Doroteo Jose station ) and about 8 to 10 minutes walking distance from LRT line 2 ( Recto- Isetann station).

Among this restaurant long list of celebrity clientele includes Dolphy, Chiquito ,German Moreno, Philip Salvador, Alona Alegre, Pacquito Diaz, Rene Saguisag among others.

Address:750- 752 Florentino Torres St., Sta. Cruz , Manila 1003 ,Philippines

Phone Number (+63 2) 734-1160 / (+632 ) 734-41-08
 Sun Wah Restaurant was opened in 1955 which specializes in Filipino- Chinese ( Cantonese)  dishes . The dining set-up is similar to that of Ambos Mundos, with an open air at the ground floor and a larger air-conditioned second floor. What sets it apart from Ambos  Mundos is the menagerie you will encounter on your way to the second floor.  You can  order same meal that both Ambos and Wah Sun restaurant offers . The air conditioned room is also ideal for many occasions.

pot-belied pigs greeted visitors to the restaurant

The group noticed ¬†two pot bellied pigs at the entrance of ¬†the restaurant. These pigs serves as an¬†unofficial¬†ambassador of goodwill ¬†to all customers and passers-by . They also serves as good luck ¬†for the restaurant. Living nearby at Tomas Mapua street in the early 1990’s . I remember that those pigs were not yet part the the restaurant and maybe acquired in the late 1990’s . The author ¬†inquisitively ¬†asked one of the restaurant staff ¬†on what food do these pigs eat ? one of the staff told me that these pigs are well-taken cared for by the owners and they are not given table scraps .¬†

Arawana fish on display

Tourist Attraction:  is not only well known for their foods but also for their added  exotic animal  display.

Mr. Jonathan Blaza pose with WWF stamps ( Photo credit : Ms. Julie Flores)

Exotics animals like  python, saltwater  crocodile, fishes like eels, freshwater fishes,  carps, African lovebird , budgerigars , skink , pet dogs  among others in  their restaurant.

entrance to Sun Wah restaurant with two security guards

Tragic Story: According to the restaurant manager ,  the old restaurant ( made from wood) got burned  to the ground after a gas tank leaked from a nearby company sometime in 1993 . Four of their cooks got third degree burns and were hospitalized for a month. The family decided to rebuild the restaurant within just a month after the fire.

going upstairs with  vintage flamenco dancers poster

After the tragic incident , The restaurant status was change into a family corporation and the old name was changed from Sun Wah Panciteria to Wah Sun Cantonese Restaurant  before returning back to its original name .  Later, Mr. Benjamin Leung daughter Kathy married Mr. Greg Gaudinez, a fourth generation owner of  Ambos Mundos.  Since then, Ambos was transferred from Quiapo  and rebuilt in front of Sun Wah.  Then in the year 2000,  Mr.  Benjamin Leung was shot dead by a thief in front of the restaurant.  According to some eyewitness account , the thief might be surveying the locality  . Things dramatically changed for the restaurant.

pork asado with sweet sauce

Despite the tragedy, life went on inside the restaurant and the five siblings teamed up to run the place that has become their father’s legacy. What is notable is both of the restaurant had survived  despite tragedies like the last world war ,  fire and the death of its owner/founder.

pork asado with pickle relish- one of the restaurant specialties

fried rice with shrimps and pork

The group also ordered their fried rice served in a medium sized bowl. The serving looks deceiving small  but all 6 of us were able to eat .  For budget travelers, it is wise to pool in money before ordering the food . The food of both restaurant (taste) ,  ambiance ,  history and experience is a must for all . After more than 12 hours of tour, food trip, historical trivia, eyeball , raffles and games, the small group  parted ways at around past 9:00pm.

Address :747 Florentino Torres St. Sta. Cruz, Manila ( just beside the Ambos Mundos)

Telephone # (+ 632)733-67-09 , 733-67-18, 734-1160 Telefax (+632) 734-4101

Store operates : from 8:00am to 11:00pm both restaurants ( everyday ) except Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

Philippine Postal Corporation goes high tech on their 228th anniversary

poster in front of the Post Office building

lively dance presentation by Philpost employees marked the opening day celebration

Last November 8, 2011 Philippine Postal Corporation marked their 228th anniversary of the Philippine postal service with the theme ‚Äú PHILPOST: Bagong Simula Bagong Sigla‚ÄĚ.¬† ‚Äú New Beginning New Vigor ‚ÄĚ.It aims to revive the whole postal system thru more efficient way of servicing the public.

crowd listened to the speech of the postmaster

 People from all walks of life, media partners, philatelists, students, philpost employees  attended the opening day celebrations.

The author  and Ms. Jennice T. Guico a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School  being interviewed by Ms. Donita Rose and Mr. Andrei Felix -hosts of Umagang Kay Ganda Рa popular morning show of ABS-CBN channel 2

L-R Ms. Ofelia Solis ( teacher) , Author, Ms. Jennice T. Guico, Ms. Susan Frances P. Barredo and Ms. Carol Noces ( teacher ) Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila together with Mr. Andrei Felix , Umagang Kay Ganda -host

Ms. Jennice Guico a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School still write letters and correspondence to her OFW mother¬† based in Vietnam , according to her despite the modern technologies like electronic mail services¬† ” Writing a letter enhanced her writing skills and makes her relationship with her mother more personalized”

biometric data service registration booth

¬†Biometrics is the technology that Philpost¬† launched to minimized forgeries of Postal ID’s . With the new system , Philpost can identify a specific human being. It is primarily used to provide security for personal or business assets. A biometrics system must first store a person‚Äôs¬† data. Then, when someone tries to access a personal or business system, the stored biometric data is compared to the data of the person currently accessing the system. If the data matches up, the person can have access to the protected information.

History:

Governor General Basco organized a postal system throughout the archipelago in 1783. First postage stamp was issued on February 1, 1854. It was not until April 2, 1992 that, by virtue of Republic Act 7354, that the postal system became known as the Philippine Postal Corporation or Philpost. Nevertheless, its history predates the independent republic we now know today as the Philippines.

The event also coincided with the ‚Äú National Stamp Collecting Month ‚ÄĚ which is being celebrated every month of November.

  L-R Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol (APMG Finance ) , Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta and Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head Manager -Postage and Philatelic Department) pose for a souvenir shot

Philatelic exhibit featuring 2011 stamp issued by Philpost

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta¬† is¬† the chairperson of the Heritage Conservation Society , vice- chair of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and Executive Assistant to the office of the Mayor in a keynote speech¬† ” When I won Miss International in 1964 and living in San Juan, people from all parts of the world would write letters and i am amazed with the efficiency of the postal system¬† , despite lacking complete address , Philpost postman¬† somehow could locate my exact home address”.

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta was the guest of honor in behalf of Mayor Alfredo Lim

Special guests of honor included Miss International 1964 Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta and Ms. Tess Debuque of National Information Officer ‚Äď United Nations Information Center.

Ms. Tess Debuque and Postmaster Ms. Josie dela Cruz  presented a framed PNOY inaugural stamps to Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta as a token of appreciation

One of the highlights of the celebration included the awarding of outstanding postal employees for the current year 2011.

Outstanding Philpost employees together with special guests and Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz

The list included Ms. Liliosa D. Bioco (postman II) Postal Region VIII, Tacloban City, Mr. Leonilo T. Gatdula , Jr. ( Heavy Equipment Operator FSMDC, Central Office ) Ms. Diosdada M. Marquez ( Marketing specialist II ) OAPMG for Marketing , Central Office, Mr. Nonito L. Pelobello ( Supervising Postal Service Officer, Postal Region VI, Iloilo City , Mr. Bienvenido G. Salcedo ( Director II) Postal Region XI, Zamboanga City , Mr. Rodolfo O. Tan (Postal Teller III) National Capital Region  and Mr. Antonio A. Tenebro ( Postmaster I) Postal Region XII, Cotabato City.

The seven outstanding postal employees also received a plaque, cash gift of Php 25,000 each, Dr. Tam’s¬† medicinal tea and if eligible they can be promoted.

Ms. Diosdada M. Marquez (4th from left)¬† – Marketing Specialist II OAPMG for Marketing , Central Post Office drew the loudest cheer among this year’s awardees. Her effort in last year’s election and corporate accounts¬† resulted in a hefty 50 million pesos in revenue.

L-R Ms. Bianca Marie R. Ferrel 2nd place, Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao 3rd place, Ms. Cherilyn Patrocino Sta. Ana -1st place

Out of the several hundred of entries in the 41st nationwide letter writing contests conducted by Universal Postal Union or UPU , three students was chosen . The theme for the competition is ‚ÄúWrite a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you‚ÄĚ.

3 winners of the UPU letter writing contest

Ms. Cherilyn Patrocino Sta. Ana ( Ateneo de Naga ) won first prize , she also bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost, stamp album with stamps, medal  and a cash prize of Php 15,000!

Ms. Bianca Marie R. Ferrel ( Ateneo de Davao) won second place , she bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost , stamp album with stamps , medal and a cash prize of Php 10,000

Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao

Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao ( Sacred Heart School )- Ateneo de Cebu won third place , she bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost, stamp album with stamps, medal and a cash prize of Php 5,000

Signing the official First Day Issue together with Mrs. Josie De La Cruz and Hon. Cesar N. Sarino

In this day of internet and modern ways of communication, There are still a whole lot more of people who still collects stamps and still write letters. According to the die-hard letters writers , ” This make their letters more formal and more personalized” rather than relying on computer keyboard fonts.

Mr. Prab Reyes

Mr. Prab Reyes of UP Diliman won first place in the stamp design contest organized by Philpost and United Nations¬† “International Year of the Forest 2011” , He bagged home a commemorative plaque with stamps, and Php 15,000 in cash .

first day cover

The stamp issue is¬† classified as a ‚ÄúSpecial‚ÄĚ kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 70,000 pieces.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

L-R Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz, Current Philpost Board Chairman Hon. Cesar N. Sarino , Ms. Tess Debuque  during the ribbon cutting ceremony

  Postmaster and CEO Hon. Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz being interviewed by a senior reporter Mr. Noel Perfecto PTV channel 4 .

Mr. Andrei Felix and Ms. Donita Rose together with the postmaster

Mr. Hans W. Becker together with the postmaster general Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz

Mr. Hans W. Becker is the editor -in -chief of International Philippine Philately Society . He was born in Germany (D√ľsseldorf)¬† and lived in Luxemburg until 1977 . In 2010 he came to Cebu .¬† He is also an active member of Cebu Philatelic Society, Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club, International Philippine Philatelic Society ,¬†Pampanga Collectors’ Society. He is an avid collector of Philippine stamps , coins, paper bills , postcards and maxi-cards. He won numerous awards from here and abroad . He is now presently residing in Cebu with his Filipina wife.

For those who wanted to trade:

Contact Information: 747 M. Pacubas Drve, Mambaling 6000 Cebu City

Filipino Inventors’ Society exhibit booth

There is also an exhibit booth of the Filipino Inventors’¬† Society with about 25 members that¬† actively participated in the event.

Mr. Clemente M. Covaria

Mr. Clemente M. Covaria is a member of the Filipino Inventors’ Society ( his novelty products) included novel signage. His slogan ” A Novel Signage Mean for Advertising Purposes ” is a way for his creative works to be notice.

novel signage

for those who might be interested in his works.

Contact information:  Unit 2013, Guadalupe BLISS, Cembo, Makati City

Cellphone: (09219-78-5598)

native delicacies from¬†Bi√Īan , Laguna

Aling Nene’s is a popular home made delicacies based in the town of ¬†Bi√Īan specializes in Puto Bi√Īan, Puto Pao, Puto Cake, Kutchinta, Espasol, Buko Pie, Pandan Pie, Ube Buko Pie, Cassava, Macaroons, Crispy Okoy.

Contact Person: Ms. Joy S. Mendiola

Address: General Malvar, San Vicente Bi√Īan , Laguna

Cellphone  : 0919-8679591

Landline: (049)511-3475 / (049)511-32-08

Email: Joys_mendiola@yahoo.com

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan lectured basic philately to high school students

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga Collectors’ Society is an active bibliophile, philatelist , post card , bank note and coin collector . He is based in Pampanga. He had published numerous books about philately, paper bills and Rizaliana.

Contact address : 63 Santiago St., Sta. Ana, Pampanga

P.O. Box 5050 San Fernando ,Pampanga

key chain made from cut styro

Mr. Antonio P. Agtoto is a Filipino inventor of styro electronic Cutter with patent no. UM 8377 , He won various national awards like 3rdplace in the 1st Luzon Invention Competition, 3rd place in National Inventors Week 2001, Finalist in Filipino Inventors Week contest . His styro cutter is making waves in other countries like in Japan , Korea and the United States. While his styro products is selling like hot cakes in national trade shows.

Agtoto Enterprise

Address: 10- H Ilaw Street , San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City

AANI Herbal Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle , Elliptical Circle  Quezon City

Contact Person: Inventor Mr.  Antonio Agtoto

  Landline : (413-34-89 )

 Cellphone : 0916-828-2687 / 0906-37-377618 /0909-35921225

The Technical description of the 2011 United Nations Issue International Year of the Forests stamps are as follows:

Kind of Issue: Special

Denominations and Quantity: Php7.00 / 70,000 pieces

Date of Issue: October 24, 2011

Last date of Sale: October 23, 2012 ( as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: APO Production Unit

Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
United Nations Information Center (Manila)

Website Link:http://philpost.gov.ph/web/2011-united-nations-issue-international-year-of-the-forests-special-stamps/

APO turns 60- a diamond jubilee exhibition

APO Philatelic Society 25th anniversary commemorative stamp issue in 1975

History:

The Amateur Philatelists Organization or APO (forerunner of the APO Philatelic Society) was organized on May 28, 1950 by the triumvirate of Messrs. Francisco Arcebal, Carlos Licup, and Mamerto Gallardo. The APO was founded on the paramount objective of bringing the hobby of stamp collecting into the consciousness of beginners and amateur philatelists by motivating them, educating them with proper guidance in the different aspects of philately, and rearing them to be responsible and competitive stamp collectors.

First Meeting

The first organizational meeting of the APO was held on June 11, 1950 with twelve members in attendance. On the third meeting, with 35 members present, the following were elected as the first batch of officers of the club: Francisco Arcebal, President; Joe de Castro, Vice-President; Teodora Fuentecilla, Secretary; Luz Baking, Treasurer; Carlos Licup, Business Manager; Conchita Sigua, Auditor; and Mamerto Gallardo, PRO.

Mr. Dionisio Taeza

Mr. Taeza  is a stamp , paper bill , coin , post card and phone card collector РHis various exhibits won several awards during the past several years.A former OFW in Saudi Arabia , he was able to accumulate vast number of collections during his stay in the Middle East Kingdom.  Among his entries priced entries in this exhibition were Pope John Paul 2 stamp collections from different parts of the globe and postcards .

Mr. Dionisio Taeza pose for a souvenir shot – behind him are his collections of Pope John Paul 2 First Day Covers issued by Philippine Postal Corporation

According to Mr. Taeza,  He started  swapping  postcards and letters when  working in Saudi Arabia , It was the height of the snail mail era in order to avoid boredom and to have more friends. With three grown -up children , He  fondly remembers  good-old days of  stamp collecting  and swapping with fellow collectors from others parts of the globe

post card collection

The APO was listed on the Philippine Journal of Philately as the 29th philatelic organization in the Philippines. And this 29th stamp club is now the oldest surviving stamp club in the country today. The first APO Philatelic Exhibition (APOPEX) was held at the YMCA Camus Hall on December 10, 1950. Though modest in its inaugural exhibition, APO has consistently and faithfully put up exhibitions through these last fifty years – a feat unsurpassed by any other club.

The first issue of the APO Newsletter came out in March 1954. Mr.  Carlos Reyes was the editor; Ms. Teresita del Fierro and Mr. Bernardo Sembrano, managing editors. On January 1969, the club published its official organ, APO STAMPS, with newly elected President, Epifanio Paras, as editor.

AFP

Although there is the much older stamp-collecting club that is the Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas organized on May 10, 1925. AFP is accredited with big stamp expositions like FEPEX in 1937, PANAPEX held in 1952, PHICIPEX was also held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first stamp of the country in 1954.According to some old time stamp collector this stamp club ceased their operations in the mid 1960’s.

The 18th APOPEX was held on November 24 to December 8, 1968 to coincide with the observance of Philatelic Week proclaimed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos in response to an APO resolution. President Marcos subsequently signed Proclamation 622, declaring the last week of November of every year as “Philatelic Week.” Hence APOPEX is always held on the last week of November.

A letter from Governor Dwight Filley Davis (birth July 5, 1879 ‚Äď death November 28, 1945) from Malaca√Īang cancelled aboard ship on November 14, 1930 to US House of Representative Hon. S.K.¬† Houston

Governor Dwight Filley Davis served as the Governor General of the Philippines from 1929‚Äď32.¬† He is best remembered for founding the Davis Cup Tennis¬† International Tournament .

The tournament was conceived in 1899 by four members of the¬† Harvard University¬† tennis team who wished to challenge the British to a tennis competition. Once their respective lawn tennis associations agreed, one of the four Harvard players, among them is Mr. Dwight F. Davis¬† who¬† designed a tournament format and ordered an appropriate sterling silver¬† trophy from Shreve, Crump and Low company¬† purchasing it from his own funds. Mr. Davis¬† is also a¬† prominent politician in the United States in the 1920s, and served as¬† US Secretary of War serving as from 1925‚Äď29 and served as Governor General¬† of the Philippines from 1929‚Äď32 under US President Herbert Clark Hoover a Republican.

Photo courtesy of : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_F._Davis

The APO Philatelic Society has secured its place in Philippine philately with the leadership and governance of its past presidents, carrying the colors of the club on their shoulders through several decades  Рbringing joy and happiness to countless member-collectors, who had provided the inspiration and motivation for the club to strive further.

On 1999 APO Philatelic Society elected its female president led by Mrs. Paulina Calinawan , Then together with Philippine Postal Corporation¬† held a Thematic ‚Äú Flowers on Stamp ‚ÄĚ exhibit¬† at the third level on EDSA Shangri-LA Mall in Mandaluyong City on August 27 to September¬† 12, 1999.

APO Philatelic Society golden anniversary stamp issue

The Philatelic exhibition also coincided with the 53rd Mid-Year Orchid Show of the Philippine Orchid Society. Aside from philately, paintings , photographs and landscaped exhibits¬† of orchids and flowers were displayed and focused on the rare and exotic Vanda sanderiana or Waling-waling. A slogan canceller was also issued to coincide the event.¬†¬† ‚Äú 50 years of stamp Collecting‚ÄĚ was approved by the Philippine Postal Corporation on all outgoing mails at the post offices of Bacolod, San Fernando City, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Manila, San Fernando City in Pampanga from May 24 to 31, 1999. This was to commemorate the 49th founding anniversary of the organization.

Apo Philatelic Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary last May 2010 with a luncheon buffet with their outgoing president Mr. Ignacio Tuazon,  a position that he held for almost 10 years. With the election of the new president led by Mr. Jimmy Ang   the organization is expected to be the forefront in Philippine Philately.

L-R Mr. Lawrence Chan ,Mr. Dionisio Taeza, Mr. Jimmy Ang ( President of APO Philatelic¬† Society) , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus , Mr. Luis D. Carlos ( Philippine Postal Corporation’s Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing) (fifth from left)¬†¬†¬† Mrs. Elenita San Diego, Manager, Postage and Philatelic Department and the staff of Philatelic Division and Philpost employees graces the opening ceremony of the APO Philatelic Society’s APO @60 Philatelic Exhibition last May 9, 2011 at the Main Lobby of the PhilPost Building in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila.¬†

At the tail end of their celebration, APO Philatelic Society held a stamp exhibit within the Manila Central Post Office from May 9, 2011 to May 22, 2011. Among the most popular exhibit topics  are  the Pope John Paul 2 exhibit, Dr.  Jose Rizal and President Noynoy Aquino ..

a luncheon was hosted by Mrs. Elenita San Diego( Head of  Postage and Philatelic Department)   second from left , together with Mr. Dionisio Taeza after the opening 

On its Diamond Jubilee Year,  APO will continue to commit itself to be at the forefront of Philippine philately Рpropagating the hobby to the next generation of stamp collectors and preparing them to be useful citizens of our country.

The exhibit runs until May 20, 2011. Everyone is encouraged to view the exhibit that features winning philatelic collections here and abroad.

Sources:

http://www.philippine-trivia.com/Institutions-Society/APO-Philatelic-Society.html

http://philpost.gov.ph/web/photo-feature-apo-philatelic-society-exhibit/

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