ASEANPEX 2017 had about 400 exhibit frames of non-competing stamp collection . The exhibition is dubbed ASEANPEX 2017 which featured ASEAN member countries that were displayed at Hall #1 SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
The opening highlights includes a traditional bagobo and tiboli cultural dances by world reknown Bayanihan Dance Company and a ceremonial practice of blowing the conch shell dates back to the ancient times.
The opening started at about past 9:30 am with hundreds of PHLPOST employees, students, stamp collectors, international guests in attendance.
After the brief ribbon cutting together with several ambassadors from Singapore H.E. Kok Li Peng, H.E. Thanatip Upatising of Thailand, H.E. Mr. U Win Naing of Myanmar and India . There was another small cultural performance at the stage area.
This year’s organizing committee includes PHLPOST, Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Business Lines Department with several government department having booths at the site.
Mr. Dennis Dy Kho , Mr. Rodrigo Ong and Mr. Isidro Tan were among the local stamp collectors in attendance
Cultural show includes cultural performance by the world famous Bayanihan Dance Company, Meet and Greet with PHLPOST Living Legends, Talks and Activity on Philately, Stamp Launchings, ASEAN Cosplay among others.
Filipino Olympians ( silver medalists) , Manny Pacquiao, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss Universe 1969, 1973 and 2015 were among famous Filipino living legends that was featured in local Philippine stamps. It is quite rare of a living person to be featured in local stamps.
Mr. Willard Cheng ( ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter and correspondent ) a stamp ambassador was also one of the invited guests during the occasion. Former president Fidel Valdez Ramos also went to the exhibition late afternoon of November 4 and shared his personal stories of his stamp collection.
There were some stamp printer. one such booth is from The Netherlands. At some point especially in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, Some of the Philippine stamps were printed in that country.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas also got a booth at the ASEANPEX 2017. This makes the coin and paper bill collectors happy since some of them were not able to purchase the POPE Francis commemorative online.
We bought some limited commemorative stamp ( King Bhumibol Adulyadei cremation ) from Thai POST and we also took time buying some Elvis Presley Sheet from an international dealer selling them at Php 50.00 per sheet.
We also queue in line for some limited commemorative stamps from PHLPOST. Just like the previous ASEANPEX 1996. There was no entrance fees and one can roam around with hall 1 of SMX Convention Center for the whole day and enjoy the event.
I saw Philip Reyes, Crispulo Verbo Arquero, Dennis Dy Kho, Isidro Tan, Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Josefina Cura, Alfonso Cruz, YPS members among others.
What is commendable are the local stamp exhibits from serious stamp collectors who shared their collections of technical knowledge thru the years or decades of collecting.