Thursday, October 6, 2016

Stamps of the World

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost, SM Manila opens Stamps of the World exhibit

In celebration of World Post Day (WPD), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) in partnership with SM Manila will open the “Stamp of the World” Exhibit and On the Spot “Salamat Po” Letter Writing activity for grade school students at the activity center, ground floor of SM City Manila on October 06.
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969.
Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos said that Communication has evolved with the introduction of e-mails and texts, but the feeling of receiving handwritten letters through the post office cannot be replaced by these technologies.
He added, that “Stamps are not just pieces of paper that we stick onto and envelope. More than that, Stamps are windows to bigger things, connecting and sharing information with people around the world”.
The, Philippines, being an active UPU member country, are encouraged to organize their own national activities to celebrate the event, including everything from the introduction or promotion of new postal products and services, to the organization of exhibits and letter writing activities at post offices and mail centers.
“Stamps of the World” exhibit hopes to spread the knowledge of history, geography, art and world cultures. Stamps have been issued from postal services from all over the world since 1840. People can learn exciting stories that will complement someone’s interest in animals, sports, maps, cars, ships, even movie stars.

The exhibit will have an interactive activity wherein the students will be asked to write a “Thank you letter” to anyone they want using Filipino or English Language following the proper format of writing a letter. The students, the teacher and school will have the chance to win P50,000 in the April 2017 grand draw.
PHLPost will display famous stamps issued by countries coming from the Seven (7) Continents namely, Africa, Antartica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Stamps from Africa’s Tarcissius Malan George Silundika, Zimbabwe’s national hero to Asia’s ancient coins of Kazakhstan, the world history is printed in miniature pieces of art and displayed for the public to see and appreciate.

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