It is Proclamation No. 494, signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos, that makes November a special month for us stamp collectors.
"Declaring the month of November every year as National Stamp Collecting Month," this proclamation enumerates three whereases, as follows:
"...it is desirable that public attention be focused on the value and significance of philately;
"...philately, which is the collection and study of stamps, will provide our people, especially the youth, with deeper knowledge of our history, culture, and traditions, as well as of the rest of the world;
"...a month-long celebration for the promotion and development of our people’s consciousness of the value and significance of philately in our country will help provide an effective means of projecting the Philippines abroad and, consequently, boost our tourism and economy."
The proclamation was signed on October 27, 1994.
You'll find it online on the government's Official Gazette at
Let's have some philatelic fun this month!