Monday, November 9, 2015


Yes, I was a member of Philippine Stamp Collectors, a stamp club "for stamp collectors who cannot attend club meetings but want to enjoy all the benefits of a stamp club."

By the first year of its existence (January 1981-January 1982), there were 108 members listed in the club's roster, 52 from Metro Manila, 53 from the provinces and 3 from abroad.

It was originally called Philippine Stamp Club, and the name change was "due to registration requirements."

Members were given a personal membership card, the PSC Newsletter and a free subscription to Hobby Time. We could also avail of any of the following benefits at the outset: "RP new issue and FDC services" with a 10% fee over the cost, "Bargain Counter" of stamps by mail, "Exchange Center" for duplicates, and a "Question & Answer Service" for queries about philately. Approvals were added later.

Founder/Adviser was Linda Stanfield, President was Amando H. Labayen Jr., and Secretary was Fe A. Carandang. Among the members were Rogelio de Jesus ("the dean of Filipino stamp dealers") and Severino N. Luna (founder of the Philippine Philatelic Auction Club).

Not long after its first year the PSC folded.

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