Friday, September 30, 2016

Philippine orchids

New Issue alert:

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost issues Philippine Orchids postage stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) releases special topical postage stamps featuring the best orchid collections the country has ever produced which are endemic in nature.
“Through these miniature pieces of art, PHLPost would like to promote the propagation of Philippine orchids which are being recognized for its beauty and diversity from orchidists here and abroad”, Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos said.

The following block of four regular stamps are: Vanda sanderiana or the waling-waling is considered to be the "Queen of Philippine flowers"; Dancing Lady or Oncidium Orchid species which produces dozens of small flowers at the same time, giving a spectacular show that lasts for several weeks; Mrs. Sander's Dendrobium or Dendrobium sanderae, found in the Regions of Central Luzon especially in tropical pine forests; and, Moth Orchid or Phalaenopsis, one of the most popular orchids which are pleasing to the eye.
PHLPost also releases 5,000 pieces of limited colorful souvenir sheets stamps featuring Dear Antler Moth Orchid or Phalaenopsis comu-cervi, Catleya or Hsinying rouge ‘CH 36’ Rhyncholaeliocattleya, Moth Orchid or Phalaenopsisching hua wizard and Dark Purple Trichoglottis or Trichoglottis atropurpurea.

PHLPost commissioned security printer Amstar Co. to print 96,000 copies of the stamps, to be sold at P12 each. The stamps were designed by PHLPost layout artist Victorino Serevo, with the photo provided by stamp collector Jonathan Blaza.

The Philippine Orchids regular stamps, special souvenir sheets and official first day cover are available starting September 30, 2016 at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 219, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.
DENO & QTY: P12.00----96,000 pcs.
DENO & QTY: P48.00---5,000 pcs.
DATE OF ISSUE: September 30, 2016
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
DESIGN COORDINATOR: Jonathan Blaza (Photo Provider)
1. WALING-WALING (Vanda sanderiana)
2. DANCING LADY ORCHID (Oncidium sp.)
3. MRS. SANDERS DENDROBIUM (Dendrobium sanderae var luzonicum)
1. DEAR ANTLER MOTH ORCHID (Phalaenopsis comu-cervi)
2. CATLEYA (Hsinying rouge ‘CH 36’ Rhyncholaeliocattleya)
3. MOTH ORCHID (Phalaenopsisching hua wizard x hsinying Julia)
4. DARK PURPLE TRICHOGLOTTIS (Trichoglottis atropurpurea

Philacon '91

The First National Philatelic Convention (PHILACON '91) was held at the Manila Central Post Office from November 27 to 29, 1991.

There were 10 participating stamp clubs: APO Philatelic Society, Baguio Philatelic Society, Cebu Philatelic Society, Chinese Philatelists' Club of the Philippines, Clark Stamp Club, Filipino-Chinese Philatelic Society, General Santos City Stamp Club, International Philippine Philatelic Society, Philippine Philatelic Auction Club, and Quezon City Philatelic Society.

Shown above is the exhibition sheet on a cover of the Cebu Philatelic Society with its seal and a San Juan de la Cruz stamp cancelled by the Cebu City Post Office.

The sheet was issued earlier on October 20 by the Philacon committee (hence, it's marked Not Valid for Postage) to help raise funds for the convention.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Zambales cancel

This Castillejos (Zambales) cancellation has the year 1961 upside down, if we are to believe the serifs of the numeral 1.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

souvenir album

A philatelic product of the post office in past times is the First Day of Issue souvenir album.

From examples I've seen, souvenir albums were issued from the 1950s to the first half of the 1970s.

The pages were bound by a ribbon, with the cover illustrated. Inside were the particulars of the issue and, of course, the stamp or set cancelled on the first day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pres. Hoover

A ship cancellation, in all likelihood.

SS President Hoover was an ocean liner from 1930 to 1937. It serviced the US-Far East route.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

ring flaw 1

Here are ring flaws on the first 5 of P5.50 of the 1989 commemorative issued for the French Revolution Bicentennial and the Decade of Filipino Nationalism.

Both stamps certainly came from the same sheet (or sheetlet, as the case may be) as the slight misregistration of colors in the design looks the same.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

EFO 1989 Fiesta Islands CDO Fiesta

Normal Copy
Color Shift
Blurred design of the Cagayan de Oro Fiesta is caused by color misregistration.

Examine especially the bunting.

This was my EFO discovery last September 17.

This is not recorded in Ngo's specialized catalogue.

Friday, September 23, 2016

EFO 1993 National Symbols misperf

Found this perforation freak last September 12.

As you can see, the perforation at right cuts through the design of the flag causing the denomination and year date to appear on the selvedge.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

APO 25th

The 25th anniversary of the APO Philatelic Society was commemorated with a two-stamp issue in 1975.

Still active since its formation in 1950 (as the Amateur Philatelists Organization), the club holds a monthly auction sale in Manila.

It was formed on May 28, 1950, by three collectors and, on June 11 that year, with 12 members in attendance, APO held its organizational meeting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Josie's Philatelic Shoppe

Josie's Philatelic Shoppe was a stamp store on Recto Avenue in Manila City from 1975 to 2011.

The store had to move out of the Laperal Building in which it was located as the building had been scheduled for demolition.

It transferred to Sta. Mesa until it closed shop in 2014.

The store was owned by Josefina T. Cura, a long-time collector and dealer who's still active in philately!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

EFO 1994 Great Filipinos missing 4

Normal copy (left) and error (right)
In 1994, the Great Filipinos series, which began in 1989, continued with five more individuals.

Issued as a horizontal se-tenant strip of five, one of the stamps (showing the musician Antonio J. Molina) has a missing "4" in "1994". 

This is noted in Ngo's catalogue as a plate error in position #196 of the sheet.

Found the error last April 27 in a mixture of used stamps.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Team Philippines

New Issue alert:

Team Philippines

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination and Quantity: Stamp: Php 12.00 / 101,000pcs
                                                      OFDCE: Php 8.00 / 800pcs
                                             Souvenir Sheet: Php 55.00 / 5,000pcs
Date of Issue: 9 August 2016
Size of Stamps: 30mm x 40mm
Size of Souvenir Sheet: 10cm x 7cm
Sheet Composition: 40on
Perforation: 14 holes for 20mm
Printing process: offset lithography
Paper: security paper
Printer: Amstar Company Inc.
Graphic Designer: Rodine C.Teodoro

32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition

New Issue alert:

2016 New Year: Year of the Monkey Souvenir Sheet with Thailand Logo

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination and Quantity: Souvenir Sheet Php 114.00 / 6,000 pcs
                                             OFDCE: Php 8.00 / 500 pcs
Date of Issue: August 10, 2016
Size of Souvenir Sheet: 14cm x 8cm
Perforation: 12.5 to 14 holes per 20mm
Printing process: offset lithography
Paper: security paper
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Graphic Designer: Victorino Z. Serevo


New Issue alert:
[press release added later]

Municipality of Lal-lo, Cagayan

Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denomination and Quantity: Stamps: Php 15.00 / 101,000pcs
                                                       OFDCE: Php8.00 / 2,400pcs
Date of Issue: August 13, 2016
Size of Stamp: 40mm x 30mm
Sheet Composition: 40on
Perforation: 14 holes per 20mm
Printing process: offset lithography, four colors
Paper: security or substrate paper, guaranteed exclusively milled security paper
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Graphic Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost issues stamp to mark Municipality of Lal-lo 435th anniversary

The Municipality of Lal-lo, province of Cagayan celebrated their patronal town fiesta with the release of PHLPost commemorative stamps highlighting the 435th foundation of the municipality.
The stamp features the historic Santo Domingo de Guzman Church which was established by the Dominicans in 1581, named Nueva Segovia. The town was the seat of the capital of Cagayan up to 1839 when the provincial government was moved to Tuguegarao.

Lal-lo was the hub of religious, trade and commercial activities of Northern Luzon. It is also one of the first four cities in the Philippines (others were Manila, 1571; Cebu, 1565; Naga, 1575).
The Sto. Domingo de Guzman Church is a massive Spanish colonial church built in solid red bricks. Across the picturesque church, and along the mighty Cagayan River is the Evangelization Cross, a wooden crucifix implanted at this site hundreds of years ago by Dominican priests.
PHLPost has printed 101,000 pieces of the municipality’s “435th Patronal Town Fiesta” commemorative stamp sold at P15.00 each.
The stamps and official first day cover are now available 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.

EFO 1979 Fight Drug Abuse

This EFO is listed in the IPPS EFO catalog as "magenta offset on the reverse."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

FSCC auction September 2016

Some 40 bidders took part in today's auction sale of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Club held at the Philpost lobby.

There was a total of 535 lots listed for philatelists, numismatists, deltiologists, scripophilists and other collectors.

These were the Philippine philatelic lots:
Spanish era
assorted stamps
162 mint & used Isabella-Alfonso XIII w/faults
Papel sellado 1888-89 Old Man used
Papel sellado 1890-91 used
Papel sellado 1894-95 Mother and Child used
Papel sellado 1896-97 Two Children used

official stamps O.B. set used
1899 cover to Escolta Alfonso XIII on back cancelled MIL STA NO. 1 Dec 11
1903 commercially cracked cover to Tondo backstamped
1905 letter sent to Tacloban franked w/Franklin ovpt backstamped
1905 postal envelope sent to Tacloban
1926 FDC Legislative Palace 2v
1926 FDC Legislative Palace 2v (diff)
1932 FC via Rein Madrid-Manila flight Aparri & Manila
1932 FFC registered China Clipper flight backstamped San Francisco
1934 FDC Far Eastern Games set
1935 FFC China Clipper flight Manila-San Francisco backstamped
1935 FC via Flying Boat sent to Singapore backstamped
1935 commercially used cover Negros to Manila backstamped
1935 FDC Temple of Human Progress set
1935 FDC definitive issue
1936 Jose Rizal mint set
1936 FDC private Rizal set
1936 FDC Rizal 2c B/4
1936 FDC private Rizal 2c VF
1936 FDC private Rizal 2c B/4 VF
1936 Arnaiz-Calvo flight to Madrid backstamped HK, Spain
1937 FDC Eucharistic Congress 2c
1937 2nd Day Eucharistic Congress 2c
1937 3rd Day Eucharistic Congress 2c
1937 4th Day Eucharistic Congress 2c
1937 FDC Eucharistic Congress set F
1937 FFC 1st Mail Flight of Clipper from Asia to US backstamped VF
1937 FFC simple envelope backstamped
1937 FFC with cachet via Clipper backstamped
1939 FDC Malacanan Palace addressed VF
1938 Commonwealth overprint 8v used
1939 Commonwealth commercial cover
1939 FDC First Air Mail Exhibition addressed F
1941 airmail FDC 8c F
1941 airmail FDC 8c on airmail envelope
1941 airmail FDC set
1941 airmail FDC set on airmail envelope
1941 FFC Mla-Singapore via California Clipper backstamped VF
Rizal postal envelope sent to Bureau of Health
Unused Rizal embossed postal envelope w/return address
Unused 4c red embossed postal envelope
Unused 4c red embossed postal envelope w/return address
Unused long postal envelope & unused newspaper wrapper
Cover sent to Labuan Singapore via Flying Boat backstamped
Victory FDC
11 victory stamps affixed on old souvenir page

Japanese occupation
1944 souvenir sheet Rizal-Burgos-Mabini mint
1944 FD Issue on postal envelope Rizal-Mabini-Burgos F
1944 2c postal card dot between I and N
FDC May 7, 1944
FDC 2 pcs “A”
FDC 2 pcs “B”
Official mail cover with 5c Soldier stamp Sorsogon cancel

RP mint
1979 Philatelic Exhibit ovpt on Boy Scouts Jamboree ss
1984 Horses ss
1988 Olympic Week imperf 4 strips of 4
1988 Olympic Week perf 4 strips of 4
1991 4th Centenary Juan de la Cruz sheet of 50
1992 WWII 50th Anniversary Corregidor ss
1992 WWII 50th Anniversary Bataan ss
1992 Barcelona Olympics ss
1992 Taipei Exhibit ovpt on Year of the Rooster ss imperf
1993 Aquarium Fishes ss
1994 Philippine Corals ss
1994 Philippine Corals green ss
1994 Philatelic Week 4v + ss
1995 Pope John Paul II 4v + ss
1995 Asean Environment ss
1995 Aquarium Fishes blue background ss
2002 Happy Valentine’s sheetlet
2003 Year of the Monkey ss perf
2004 1st Philippine Stamp ss
2005 Asean Games ss blue color
2005 Asean Games ss red color
2005 NSCM Printmaker ss
2005 Butterflies error w/normal issue
2005 Int’l Year of Eucharistic Congress ss
2006 NSCM Pastel Painting ss
2007 Manulife B/4
2007 Boy Scouts ss
WWF crocodiles sheetlet of 4 sets
mint sets “A” T.S.
mint sets “B” T.S.
mint sets “C” T.S.
mint sets “D” T.S.
mint singles ovpt/surcharge T.S.
mint sets Presidential ovpts T.S.

RP used
2 diff sets of Pope Paul VI
modern stamps used

RP specimens
1985 Virgin Mary 4v B/6
1986 People Power 4v B/4 + 4 ss
1986 PAL 3v B/4
1987 UN 4 strips
1987 B. Aquino Jr. 3v B/4 + 3 ss
1987 Reissues 8v B/4
1987 Lorenzo Ruiz 2v B/4 + 4 ss
1988 Christmas 6v B/4
1996 Historical Places Abroad in Rizal’s Life m/s of 16
1996 Works of Rizal m/s of 16
1996 Portraits of Rizal m/s of 16
1996 Phil Historical Places in Rizal’s Life m/s of 16
1999 Marine Diversity m/s of 16
2005 Lighthouses #1 m/s of 16 + ss
2006 Lighthouses #2 m/s of 16 + ss
2006 Post Office then and now
2007 HK Stampex & Nature Conservation (sht of 4 strips)

1946 Independence set
1948 FAO set Quezon Cebu cancels
1949 semipostals Zamboanga City cancel
1949 semipostals San Jose Antique cancel
1949 semipostals Malolos Bulacan cancel
1950 AFF complete
1957 Magsaysay memorial 2 diff cachets VF
1958 7 diff cachets + 3 no cachets Help Fight TB Quezon VF
1963 Manuel Quezon B/6 4 diff cachets VF
1967 Birds semipostals 4 diff cachets
1980 MacArthur Corregidor cancel (2 pcs)
1980 MacArthur Lingayen cancel (2 pcs)
1981 Marcos oathtaking (2 pcs) “A”
1981 Marcos oathtaking (2 pcs) “B”
1981 Marcos oathtaking (2 pcs) “C”
1985 Tobacco Administration (5 pcs)
1991 two WWF
1992 Stampex in Taipei 2 ss
Presidential Credo Laurel Quezon etc 2v each
First National Philatelic Convention
400th Year of Christianity in Philippines complete
22 pcs Philatelic Week 1969-92
1950s-60s 25 diff
1960s 10 diff Heroes
1980s 68 pcs

RP covers
1958 Rizal postal card Magsaysay memorial, Castillejos & Manila cancels
1958 First Flight Type 20 Manila-Davao
1958 slogan Foundation Day Naga VF
1960 slogan Give to the...(2 dates)
1962 slogan Your One Gift... (2 dates)
1962 slogan Help Fight Smuggling
1962 Help Build the...(2 dates)
1962 slogan Use Anti-TB Stamps (43 diff dates, 44 covers)
1963 slogan Credit Union...(2 dates & Cebu cancel)
1963 slogan (2 dates & Pasig, Rizal cancel)
1964 slogan Olympic Torch...VF
1967 First Flight Qantas Manila-Port Moresby backstamped
1968 First Flight JAL Manila-Tokyo backstamped
1969 aerogramme FD of Issue Map & Plane
1978 Postal Consciousness Week slogan Quezon City PO cancel
1978 Postal Consciousness Week slogan Araneta PO cancel
1988 First Flight Boeing 747 Manila-Hong Kong
1991 with Dr. Victorino de Dios seal attached
2001 slogan Philippines-Russia
Airletter P5 Puerto Azul Beach Resort, Cavite cachet
Airletter P5 Pearl Farm, Davao cachet
Commercially used Special Delivery from PNB

RP souvenir album
1956 Feast of Sacred Heart
1957 Juan Luna
1958 Carlos Garcia
1959 Makiling National Park
1960 World Refugee Year
1968 Taal Volcano
1968 Philatelic Week
1970 Iligan Integrated Mills
1972 Gastroenterology Congress
1974 400th Anniversary of Manila

1980 MacArthur ss + FDC ss Leyte cancel
1984 Espana se-tenant pair + FDC se-tenant pair
1991 Philatelic Week FDC + stamps
1991 Basketball Centennial FDC + B/4
1992 maximum card Jose Rizal in Dapitan
1992 maximum card Andres Bonifacio
1992 Expo FDC + stamps & ss
1992 Philatelic Week FDC + B/4
1993 Year of the Cock FDC + ss
1993 maximum card Philippine Flag
Manila Jockey Club 2 FDCs + stamps
Kabisig 3 FDCs + stamps
Unicef FDC + stamps
XVIth SEA Games FDC + ss
Old stamps mint sets T.S.
Three-ring binder almost full of stamps
Small album almost full of stamps
RP 1 album 1986 stamps FDCs & ss mint
Lot of old Philippine stamps & ss
USPI JapOcc assorted stamps 160 pcs
TB seal 1 sheet

1934 Philippine Garanty Co. receipt w/doc stamps
1945 Destilera La Fortuna shares of stock w/doc stamps
1948 Mabasa & Co. shares of stock w/doc stamps
1950 Privilege Tax receipt w/P80 doc stamps
1951 Privilege Tax receipt w/P200 doc stamp
1955 Hong Kong to Philippine receipt w/revenue stamp
Old revenue stamps mint used

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

O.B. Commonwealth 3

In 1941 a lone official stamp was issued, again by overprinting O.B. (on the 2c apple green Rizal definitive of the Commonwealth issue).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

O.B. Commonwealth 2

The next official stamps of the Commonwealth period came out in 1938-40.

Not shown above is the 4c value.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

O.B. Commonwealth 1

The first official stamps of the Commonwealth period were also O.B. overprints.

Top stamp was issued in 1937 and bottom stamp in 1938.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

National Teachers' Month

New Issue alert:

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost releases new postage stamps to celebrate National Teachers Month

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) releases special stamp to celebrate National Teacher’s Month this September. The PHLPost, together with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the Department of Education (DepEd), launches the "Guro: Pangalawang Magulang" stamps, to highlight the opening of the month-long activities and presentation of Ten Outstanding Teachers at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education in Pasig City last September 08, 2016. Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, of the Department of Education, Metrobank Foundation President Anicento SobrepeƱa and PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos unveiled the commemorative stamps frame honoring our school teachers nationwide. “By being the second parents of our children, we pay tribute to our beloved and hardworking teachers who play an important role in shaping the future of the students under their guidance and care”, Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos said. The cartoon-style postage stamp was designed by PHLPost in-house graphic artist Rodine Teodoro and features an illustration of a teacher that demonstrates caring behavior supportive to students' academic needs. It also incorporates the logo of My Teacher, My Hero with the texts “Guro Pangalawang Magulang”. The postal service also printed 101,000 copies of the special stamps measuring 3x4 cm and sold at P12.00 each. Also, the “ National Teacher’s Month” stamp comes with a first day cover envelope which are now available 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.

missing periods

Yes, there is no period after "B" on each of the three stamps above.

Can't say though if these are genuine or not, as it's likely forgeries exist.

Monday, September 12, 2016

O.B. 2

In 1935, stamps of the pictorial set were also overprinted O.B. in black.

Not shown above is the 26c value.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

O.B. 1

Definitives of the 1917-26 issue got overprinted for official use in 1931.

All 10 values are shown here.