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Pre-Hispanic Gold on Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

The Philippines is one of the top 10 producers of ” GOLD” in the world. The country had an abundant supply although not as big as South Africa , Australia or United States  .  Gold is very important item for centuries and the usage in the country even pre-dates thousands of years.

Treasure troves of gold items were discovered in many places from death masked in Cebu , gold items in Pila, Laguna to Golden Tara of Butuan and the famed Surigao treasures .

Some of these gold items were exhibited abroad and some local museums like Ayala and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas boast of such treasure items. Asia Society also featured some of the items on display .

Since we could not buy or acquire these items , the best way to have these are stamps issued by Philippine Postal Corporation . Sending them to stamp collectors from all over the world.

The stamps is a good way to promote these national treasure , The stamp was supposed to be issued last December 21, 2016 but somehow it was only this January 3 that PHLPOST had updated their site. The stamp issuance is called “Ancestral Gold ” with the items featured are all from the Ayala Museum collection .

Technical Description 

Kind of Issue : Special

Size of Souvenir Sheet : 100mm x 90mm (4 designs)

Denomination & Quantity : P18 – – – 101,000

Printing Process : Special Embellishment with Gold Foil Stamping and 3D Embossing

Souvenir Sheet : P200 – – – 5,000

Date of Issue : December 21, 2016

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Last Day of Sale :December 20, 2017

Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm

Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro

Sheet Composition : 16on (se-tenant Block of 4)

Perforation : 14

Printing Process : Litho Offset (4 colors)

Designs : Photos of the Pre-colonial Treasures of the Philippines from the collection of Ayala Museum.

PHLPost Releases New Orchid on Stamps

Philippine Postal Corporation released a new set of stamps which features 2 Philippine orchid hybrids and 2 hybrids on its souvenir sheet and 1 endemic Philippine orchid on the common Php 12.00 stamp , Trichoglottis atropurpurea on souvenir sheet – souvenir sheet cost Php 48.00 plus 12% VAT . = Php 53.76 

Orchids is quite popular subject in local philately and there is high demand for stamp collectors , since these orchids species and hybrids cannot be easily grown .

orchid species and hybrids souvenir sheet 

The 2 Philippine orchid species includes Trichoglottis atropurpurea Reichb.f. 1877 which is endemic to the country and Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi Blume & Rchb.f. 1860 which is also found in other Asian countries.

Waling -waling also known as Euanthe sanderiana  or Vanda sanderiana Rchb.f 1882 .  Dendrobium sanderae variety luzonicum is found endemic to Central and Northern Luzon at an altitude of 1,000 meters to over 1,700 meters in elevation.

The two other orchid are hybrids Phalaenopsis Ching Hua and Rhyncholaeliacattelya Hsingying Rouge

Technical Description

DENO & QTY: P48.00—5,000 pcs.
DATE OF ISSUE: September 30, 2016
LAST DAY OF SALE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
SIZE OF STAMPS: (30mm x 40mm)
SHEET COMPOSITION: 4 Designs (Sheetlet of 16)
SIZE OF SOUVENIR SHEET: 12.5cm x 7.5cm
PERFORATION: 12.5 to 14 holes per 20mm
PRINTING PROCESS: Litho- Offset (4 colors)
PAPER: Imported Unwatermarked
PRINTER: Amstar Company, Inc.
GRAPHIC ARTIST: Victorino Z. Serevo

There are 96,000 pieces with 5,000 copies of souvenir sheet . The stamp is available at the main post office.

Please bear in mind that FDC and souvenir sheets had additional 12% VAT aside from the face value

References:

Vanda sanderiana : https://renz15.wordpress.com/tag/vanda-sanderiana/

http://www.orchidspecies.com/phalcoruucervi.htm

http://www.orchidspecies.com/euanthesanderiana.htm

http://www.orchidspecies.com/densanderae.htm

http://www.orchidspecies.com/trichbrachiata.htm

Philippine Postal Corporation : https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/stamp-releases.php

 

 

 

 

Miss Universe 2015 Special Stamps to be Issued by PHLPOST

Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , Manila -Philippines

The Philippine Postal Office will release a commemorative stamp in honor of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2015- photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Philippine  Postal Communication office added that no member of the 8-person Philippine  Postal Corporation ( PHLPOST ) stamp advisory committee objected  the proposal when this was presented  to the committee  sometime late December 2015 of having a commemorative stamp for Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.

Miss Universe 2015 in National Costume – photo courtesy of Miss Universe

Ms.Pia Wurtzbach will be the third Philippine title holder of Miss Universe to have a special stamp. The 2 former Miss Universes includes Ms. Gloria Diaz and Maria Margarita Moran .

Miss Universe 1969 and Miss Universe 1973 in a se-tenant stamps together with the old Miss Universe crown and 1994 Miss Universe logo

The last time PHLPOST issued a commemorative stamps for Miss Universe was May 1994 when Miss Universe was hosted in the country for the second time.  As of the press time , PHLPOST representatives were in talks with the Binibining Pilipinas Charity Incorporated franchise holder of Miss Universe in the country since 1964.

Miss Universe 1994 souvenir sheet

They are planning to launch the special stamp during her arrival anytime from January 23,to January 30 2015 .

 

 

 

Meeting of Stamp Collectors at the Lotus City Garden Hotel

Lotus Garden Hotel , A Mabini corner Padre Faura street , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

I was invited by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and Mr. Hans Becker after the stamp awareness exhibition at the Saint Stephen High School last November 9, 2015 . He just told me that an important stamp collector is in town and a well-known local philatelist is also visiting .

collectors had fun time chatting

I quickly joined the impromtu meet-up at the Lotus City Garden Hotel.  This is also the place where Mr. Hans Becker is staying until his departure for Cebu the following day. When we arrived at the hotel lobby, Sir Rey told us that we are going to meet Mr. Nigel Gooding and his wife Velda together with local philatelist and stamp book author Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga .

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan holding one of his books published in the mid-1990’s

Mr. Cuyugan is author of several philatelic and numismatic books which were published in the mid -1990’s and early 2000.  I have featured him conducting free public lectures at the PHLPOST vicinity way back in 2011.

Link to previous post: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/philippine-postal-corporation-goes-high-tech-on-their-228th-anniversary/

The hotel lobby had a mini-collection of dolls from the Philippines and from other countries affix on a doll case. The dolls are some sort of attractions to the visitors of the hotel and restaurant.

There is also a breakfast buffet which only cost Php 300 per head, however we were not able to catch -up since we arrived past 11:00am

chicken and pork adobo meal -good for 2 person

The group just ordered a-la carte meals and desserts by Cilantro restaurant.

 I have tasted better and more tender adobo compared to the ones being served at the hotel, Perhaps they are catering to the foreign guests at the hotel which does like the strong vinegar taste.

pork tocino meal

Collectively , the hotel had an interesting Filipino ala carte breakfast meal served to their guests, each plate cost Php 250  had a combination of beef tapa/ boneless bangus , longganisa / pork tocino / corned beef , served with garlic fried rice and pickled papaya ( atchara ) with coffee or tea or sliced fresh fruit in season.

pork adobo meal

spaghetti

I have the privilege of speaking and meeting with Mr. Nigel Gooding, This is my first time to meet him in person. I have seen his vast collection of Spanish- Philippines stamps ( via internet and some publication of IPPS)  and on covers . I must say it is quite impressive. He started his stamp collecting when he was studying in Xavier School way back in the mid- 1970’s.  He was born in the Philippines and stayed for several years before studying in Australia and now staying in England .

blueberry cheese cake

He is quite fluent in Filipino and got a chance to ask him about stamp clubs that he joined when he was still in the Philippines. He told me that there used to be more stamp clubs when he started collecting them.

He met a lot of old -time stamp collectors and dealers which were quite helpful . Prices of Spanish-Philippines stamp and on covers were not that expensive when he started collecting. He began with mostly Philippine republic stamps and FDC ( First Day Covers) which were quite cheap and can easily be bought with pocket change or school allowance then gradually moving to the more difficult covers and Spanish era .

The group had quite a good long chat before we parted ways, Mr. Robert Tan ( former President of Philippine Philatelic Federation ) joined then in the late afternoon . Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Jorge Cuyugan and the author had to rush for our afternoon appointments and we had to go before Mr. Tan arrived at the hotel.

It was a good meeting and i learn a lot of things from these people whom i consider as pillars of philately ( stamp collecting) in the Philippines. They tirelessly promote stamp collecting . It is quite rare now a days that people would really concentrate on these things.  We bid farewell to one another and hope that we will have another fruitful acquaintances in the future.

Nigel Gooding : http://www.nigelgooding.co.uk/

Website: http://www.lotus.citygardenhotels.com/

President Barack Obama and Joe Biden Inauguration First Day Cover

This is a special President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden 2013 inauguration First Day Cover issued by the United States Postal Authorities . This is considered as a collectible item among stamp, letter collectors around the world since it commemorated a historic event.  It is not everyday that one commemorates a President and Vice -President inauguration .

This was given to be as a gift last month when i conducted a FREE walking tour in Far Eastern University campus in Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

The USPS issued and FDC in 2009 and the 2013 second term FDC.

Website : https://www.usps.com/

Note : I would like like to ” Thank” Mr. Martin Lopez this special First Day Cover

Manny Pacquiao Commemorative Stamps to be Issued by PHLPOST

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , 1000 , Manila-Philippines

Manny Pacquiao commemorative souvenir sheet stamp priced at Php 40 each

 Philippine Postal Corporation will be releasing special postage stamps to show support for eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. in what is dubbed as the “Fight of the Century.” Set to be released for Php 10 each, PHLPost will be putting out a total of 500,000 copies of  the Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” postage stamps. 30,000 copies of the souvenir sheet will also be released, priced at Php 40 each. Aside from the Php 40.00 souvenir sheet.

Php 10.00 stamp

There will be First Day Cover which will cost around Php 100 plus 12% VAT and the ordinary Php 10.00 definitive stamp.

Manny Pacquiao block of 4 souvenir sheet issued by PHLPOST in 2008

Pacquiao was already featured in a postage stamp in 2008, ahead of his June bout with David Diaz.  It is rare that Phlpost issues living Filipinos , Aside from current presidents , visiting head of states past issuance included Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran  commemorative stamp which was issued in 1994 when the country hosted the Miss Universe pageant. Miss World 2013 Megan Young is one of the few living Filipinos honored with such issuance. The stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover shall be available at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and  post offices nationwide.  For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

Note: This was the publicity release coming from PHLPOST that the stamps will be available in major post offices nationwide.

Pope Francis Memorabilia and Souvenir Items a Big Hit among Afficionados

University of Santo Tomas , Manila-Philippines

Pope Francis visit to the University of Santo Tomas

When the pastoral visit of Pope Francis was announced in the last quarter of 2014,  People from all walks of life started to look for  Pope-related memorabilia or would just like a memento of Pope Francis’s upcoming visit, vendors and shops have plenty of items for you. Catholic Trade in Tayuman started selling Pope Francis calendars, t-shirts and books became popular items.

 Dapitan street  crowd

I woke -up early at around past 3:30am and commuted from Quezon City to Dimasalang street. When i arrived past 5:00am , long lines already greeted me. Some of the eager crowd where already camping along the vicinity of University of Santo Tomas the day before , while pension houses and dormitories are also cramped with visiting pilgrims and relatives .

Mr. Alfonso Cruz together with his family

I accidentally met Mr. Alfonso Cruz ( stamp and memorabilia collector) . He left his home at around past 2:00am in Malabon City together with almost all the members of his family. He wanted to be blessed by the Pope.

University of Santo Tomas campus ( Gate 10)

Ordinary people had to fall in line along Dapitan street and long line that stretches for more more than a kilometer-long.

a devotee holding santo niño

An ambulant vendor selling Pope Francis key chain

Pope Francis button pins

There are so many kinds of button pins for sale along the Papal route. They are priced between Php 20 to Php 30 each depending on the area .

Some vendors would sell them at a slightly discounted rate of 3 button pins for Php 50 .

calendars and towels

Calendars are being sold from Php 30 to Php 100 depending on the size and materials

Pope Francis t-shirts

In this part of the Sampaloc , T-shirts were selling from Php 150 to Php 300 depending on the sizes and quality of the shirt.

Pope Francis T-shirts

Pope Francis towels and handkerchiefs

Pope Francis busts, key chains and rosaries

Pope Francis foldable fans

Pope Francis calendars

special response unit

Unlike the 1995 Papal visit of then Pope John Paul 2 , the security protocols are quite strict.  Even the nearby condominium units and residential areas were not spared from the inspection and manning by the security forces by PNP, baranggay and volunteer groups.

selfie

I met a group of students waiting patiently in line and using their mobile camera to record everything. They are standing along España corner Moret street  in Sampaloc.

army in fatigue uniforms

Despite the large crowds and strict security protocols , Some still manage to brought umbrellas and pointed objects .

crowd eagerly waiting for the arrival of the pope

It was very festive and almost everyone is very happy . I met a small contingent from San Mateo , Rizal

Mr. Angelo Diego Castro

I also met some celebrities along the papal route, One of them is Mr. Angelo Diego Castro , a popular teenage celebrity in the mid 1990’s . His daily show and weekly shows includes GimikEsperanza and TGIS in ABS-CBN channel 2  and GMA channel 7. He is the son of ABS-CBN channel 2 anchor Mr. Angelo Castro, Jr and EDSA People Power  1986 radio announcer Ms. June Keithley Castro.  I think he is together with his wife and immediate friends.

University of Santo Tomas -Gate # 4

It started to rain by the time Pope Francis and his convoy entered the main gate , Everybody shouted on top of their lungs and took their gadgets to record the momentous occasion. Some older people even started crying, It was not in despair or anguish . But it was tears of joy and celebration.

We waited for more several hours and under the rains. Nobody complained , But i saw several people that fainted . According to one devotee ” Para kang nakarating sa Roma” It is like you have went to Rome .

people walked from UST en-route to Luneta via Quezon Avenue underpass

I was able to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis visit to the University of Santo Tomas and his route along Quirino Avenue . The busy street of Manila is a beehive of people. My.conservative crowd estimate within UST , Dapitan, Lacson , España and Governor Forbes would easily be more than 200,000 from 5:00am to past 12noon.

The problem with big events like Papal visit , transportation like LRT is full to its capacity and LRT Quirino station is – NO loading and Unloading zone ( for security purposes). We have to wait for more than 30 minutes at the Doroteo station , so we decided to walk the Rizal Avenue going to Luneta.

Santa Cruz bridge or Mac Arthur bridge

Alternative transportation such as tricycles, pedicabs, kalesas ( horse drawn carriage) became a hit, normally they are banned from plying major street thoroughfares .

message to Pope Francis collage within Plaza Lawton / Liwasang Bonifacio

The rains are not strong but the cool air Northeast Monsoon  ( Amihan ) that worries some people.

News 9 crew stationed near Finance  Building ( National Museum for Filipino People )

Poncho type raincoats were also a big- hit among the rain drench crowd. They are sold between Php 35 ( ordinary ones ) to Php 200 .

crowd waiting near LRT Quirino station

Pope Francis block of 4 Php 10 each

Philippine Postal Corporation and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas also started to sell commemorative stamps and coins to mark the special occasion.

Pope Francis coinage stamps with face value of Php 200

This is a collective voice from a lot of ordinary stamp , coin and memorabilia collectors , We had to endure long lines just to buy stamps at the main post office, We have to wait for several days from January 12,13, 14  just to purchase the much coveted coinage stamp from Manila Central Post Office . We also had to endure a non-responsive email from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for our short list of orders .  While the author got several hundreds of email from fellow stamp and even coin collectors asking where to buy or asking the author to buy for them .

Php 50 coin being sold at Php 100 and Php 500 being sold at Php 1,000 by BSP

I also got some angry responses from fellow stamp collectors residing even in Metro Manila that their local post offices did not even have the Pope Francis stamps.  We all know that there is already a steady decline in the stamp collectors nationwide. BUT this is different , I personally believe that distribution to local post offices is the key to the solution . MORE stamp printed , the More people from all walks of life can enjoy the hobby.

In a recent television interview by a well-known stamp collector/ dealer  ( one at ANC channel and another one at Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho ) . The prices of the stamps had already doubled and even tripled from the face value of the item.  ( Some greedy bunch of grumpy people )

* Note: With the mad frenzy for Pope Francis memorabilia items , We collectors must always remember that the main purpose of his visit to the country is Mercy and  Compassion .  Learn to share whatever small items and blessing that we received .

Website Links:

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas : http://www.bsp.gov.ph/

Philippine Postal Corporation :https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/