Thursday, December 31, 2015

EFO 1947 ECAFE 6c imperf

Normal Copy
Color Shift

The imperf of the 6c value also has a color shifted: either the purple is shifted upwards or the pale purple is shifted downwards.

Again, this is unrecorded in the IPPS EFO catalog.

My EFO discovery in the 1990s.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

EFO 1947 ECAFE 6c perf (second)

Normal Copy
Shifted Color

This time either the purple color is shifted to the left or the pale purple color is shifted to the right.

Unrecorded in the IPPS EFO catalog.

My EFO discovery in the 1990s.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

EFO 1947 ECAFE 6c perf (first)

Normal Copy
Shifted Color

Either the purple color is shifted to the right or the pale purple color is shifted to left of this 6c value.

This EFO is unrecorded in the IPPS EFO catalog.

My discovery in the 1990s.

The ECAFE set was issued in three denominations: 4c, 6c, and 12c, both perf and imperf.

Monday, December 28, 2015

CORROS error

Here's a love story about the CORROS error written by Jaime Laya (former Central Bank governor, and chairman of his high school philatelic society), published in the Manila Bulletin of today's date:





Have fun!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jap Occ cover




This commercially used Japanese Occupation cover was mailed from Dulawan, Cotabato, on July 22, 1943 (date is in manuscript), and addressed to Zamboanga City, a few weeks after the Japanese Military ceased using censor marks.

The backstamp is indistinct but "Zamboanga" and "AUG 19" can still be made out.

Is the post office of the Municipality of Dulawan among those open during this time, as listed in Eugene Garrett's definitive work Postal History of the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

1947 Manuel Quezon


The green 1 centavo Manuel Quezon stamp was issued on May 1, 1947.

Quantity printed: 954,370
Printing method: Typographed
Printers: Philippine Bureau of Printing
Perforation: 11 1/2x12
Unwatermarked

This stamp is common.

Varieties to look for: Possible shades of green.

The FDC shown above has a Manila Variety Store Co. cachet.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

1947 first definitives

With Manila Variety Store Co. cachet
With stamp dealer Rogelio de Jesus cachet
With stamp dealer Rogelio de Jesus cachet

The first definitives of the present republic were pictorials and issued as a set on different dates in 1947.

On March 23, the initial two values came out, followed on June 19 by three, and on August 1 by two more.

Denominations:
4 centavos black Rizal Monument
10c orange Bonifacio Monument
12c blue Jones Bridge
16c grey Santa Lucia (design error; it depicts Puerta Real)
20c brown Mayon Volcano
50c green Colonnade of Palm Trees
P1 violet Colonnade of Palm Trees

Printing method: Engraved
Printers: American Bank Note Co.
Perforation: 12
Unwatermarked

The stamps are common, despite thousands recalled of the 16c value.

Varieties to look for: Possible shades of color in all 7 values.
Shifted perforation of 10c and 20c.
I have a hibrite paper variety of the 4c, 20c, 50c and P1.

The 4c was overprinted O.B. in 1948 and surcharged in 1959.
The 10c was overprinted O.B. in 1948 and overprinted with a new value in 1954.
The 16c was overprinted O.B. in 1948.
The 20c was overprinted O.B. in 1949 and overprinted with a new value in 1954.
The 50c was overprinted O.B. in 1949 and overprinted with a new value in 1954.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

1946 Rizal Martyrdom


The 50th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal was commemorated on December 30, 1946 by overprinting an earlier Rizal definitive.

Denomination: 
2 centavos sepia (with black overprint)

Quantity printed: 1,500,000
Printing method:  Rotary press (base stamp)
Printers: US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (overprinted by the Philippine Bureau of Printing)
Perforation: 11x10 1/2
Unwatermarked

The stamp is common.

For the first day cover, the Manila Post Office used a round, borderless handstamped cachet (top photo), but collectors were allowed to use their design (bottom photo) in addition to its own.

Varieties to look for: Shifted overprints.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Pacita Madrigal Gonzalez


New Issue alert:

Looks like an error in the spelling of Gonzalez on this postal bulletin.
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Pacita Madrigal-Gonzales Birth Centenary

The Pacita Madrigal-Gonzales Birth Centenary commemorative stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available starting December 22, 2015 at the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

1946 Proclamation of Independence


The first issue of the present republic was issued on July 4, 1946, for the Proclamation of Independence.

Denominations: 
2 centavos carmine, quantity (5,142,000)
6c green (3,072,000)
12c blue (1,023,000)

Printing method: Engraved (recess)
Printers: US Bureau of Engraving and Printing 
Perforation: 11
Unwatermarked

The stamps are common.

Varieties to look for: Possible color shades in all 3 values.

For the first day cover, the Manila Post Office used a handstamped circular cachet (top photo), but collectors were allowed their own designs (middle and bottom photos) in addition to its first day cachet.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Liberty Center


New Issue alert:


Liberty City Center: 70th Anniversary


PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost issues LCC Mall 70th anniversary commemorative stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released commemorative stamps highlighting the 70th founding anniversary of Bicol-based Liberty City Center Shopping Complex.
LCC Mall was established in 1945 by businessman Tan Chu Lim and wife Tan Sy Sa as a small store called “Liberty Bazaar”.
The first store was opened in Tabaco City in Albay province. Liberty Bazaar’s steady and dramatic growth through the years paved the way for the company's expansion. The store was later named Liberty Commercial Center Inc. setting up its first LCC branch in 1981 in Legazpi City.
According to its website, LCC-Liberty Commercial Center Inc. is one of the pioneering operator of commercial establishments in Albay Province and the Bicol Region. The group operates supermarkets, department stores, food outlets and malls. It also has branches in Naga City, Sorsogon City, Ligao City, Polangui, Guinobatan, Camalig, Nabua, Pili, Daraga and Iriga City.
The special souvenir commemorative stamps is dedicated to all the partners, suppliers, vendors and other stakeholders of LCC-Liberty Commercial Center as it proudly celebrate its 70 years of taking care of the Bicolanos.
The stamp features the new Liberty City Center (LCC) - Shopping Complex in Legaspi City, Albay with the anniversary logo and slogan printed at the background. 

PHLPost commissioned security printer Amstar Co. to print 101,000 copies of the stamps, to be sold at P15 each.
The stamps and official first day cover will be available starting December 21, 2015 or until supply last at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

ASEANPEX '96



ASEANPEX '96 was the 7th Asean International Philatelic Exhibition, held at Manila from December 14 to 17, 1996.

There was a series of four sets issued for this exhibit, one day at a time, as follows:

Dec 14 se-tenant B/4 Portraits of Rizal with souvenir sheet
Dec 15 se-tenant B/4 Historical Places in the Philippines in Rizal's 
            Life with souvenir sheet
Dec 16 se-tenant B/4 Works of Rizal with souvenir sheet
Dec 17 se-tenant B/4 Historical Places Abroad in Rizal's Life with  
            souvenir sheet

Collectors of Rizaliana must have had a field day!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FSCC membership


In 2016 I'm joining the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Club.

It's time to rock 'n' roll, philatelically!

Today's auction sale of the club, held at the Philpost lobby, was attended by some 30 bidders. Most of the 534 philatelic lots listed in the catalog got sold (there also were nonphilatelic items). There were raffles for members and heavy snacks for Christmas. I say that's the way to go!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

EFO Rizal definitive 1966 overprint

Overprint shifted to the left
Normal Copy

My second EFO discovery this year.

The 6s Rizal in barong definitive overprinted in 1966 has the overprint shifted to the left and, what's more, it is in orange instead of red. I have a few copies of this orange ink variety.

Base stamp was issued in 1964.

This is unrecorded in the IPPS EFO catalog.

Friday, December 18, 2015

CEZA


New Issue alert:

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority: 20 Years

PANAPEX


PANAPEX (Pan Asian Philatelic Exhibition)was held at Manila from November 16 to 29, 1952 (it was originally scheduled from Nov. 16 to 22 but got extended due to a reported public demand).

Earlier, on October 10, President Elpidio Quirino signed Proclamation No. 342 "to draw the people's attention to the First Pan Asian Philatelic Exhibition" and to "declare the period from November 16 to 22, 1952, as the First National Philatelic Week in the Philippines". 

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Sponsors of the exhibit were the Stamp & Philatelic Division of the Bureau of Posts, the Philippine Philatelic Club and the Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas. A report of the event says 600 frames of local and foreign material were displayed by some 60 exhibitors.

A set of three large stamps (5c, 6c, 30c) was issued portraying Maria Clara.

It must have been an exciting exhibition to see, along with the hundreds who came daily!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

EFO Quirino surcharge

Black inscriptions shifted downwards
 Normal Copy

This EFO is listed in the IPPS EFO catalog as "black inscriptions shifted downwards".

The surcharge on this presidential credo of Elpidio Quirino was done in 1968.

Base stamp was issued in 1965.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ateneo Stamp Club



With nothing to lose, I organized the Ateneo Stamp Club for school year 1982-83 at the Ateneo de Davao University's high school department.

Our organizational meeting was held in June, and by the time of our first regular meeting on July 2 there were 32 members. Officers were elected, and as the student moderator of the club I appointed one of the members as club artist (he did the preliminary design above for our t-shirts).

During the school fiesta held on December 5-7, 1982, we were assigned a classroom for an Open House Exhibit, but on the first day of the event it was clear that we lacked materials for the exhibit, particularly stands for the frames of stamps, so the planned show had to be closed.

About the only other activity of the club was to encourage members and entire student body to join the 2nd Asean Letter-Writing Contest. A poster for the rules of this contest was pinned on the school's bulletin board for all to see.

Seventeen of the ASC members became student-members of the Davao Stamp Collectors.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

EFO 1969 Universal Children's Day 30s


The 30s value also has pink shadows on the children's faces!

My EFO discovery in the 1990s, unrecorded in the IPPS EFO catalog.

Monday, December 14, 2015

EFO 1969 Universal Children's Day 20s

Normal Copy

 Red Shifted to Right
 Red Shifted to Right
 Red Shifted to Right
 Red Shifted to Right
Red Shifted to Right

Unrecorded in the IPPS EFO Catalog, this 20s value of the 1969 Universal Children's Day has the same shifted red color as the 10s value.

My EFO discovery in the 1990s.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

EFO 1969 Universal Children's Day 10s


This EFO I discovered in the 1990s has a shifted color. Note first P of Pilipinas and white spaces on girls' heads at left.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

EFO 1969 Universal Children's Day 10s

Normal Copy
 Red Shifted to Right
 Red Shifted to Right
Red Shifted to Right

This EFO is listed in the IPPS EFO catalog as "red shifted slightly to the right, causing pink shadows on children's faces".

The three-stamp set (10s, 20s, 30s) was issued on October 20, 1969, for the 15th anniversary of the Universal Children's Day.


Friday, December 11, 2015

St. Stephen's

A stamp exhibit in conjunction with National Stamp Collecting Month was held last November 9 to 13 at the St. Stephen's High School in Manila.

This was organized by the Philippine Philatelic Federation and the Philippine Postal Corporation, with federation president Dr. Rey Ong de Jesus and Mr. Hans Becker of the International Philippine Philatelic Society leading the philatelists.

Check out the school's website --