Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

postage due 2

The next set of postage dues were released in 1928.

All seven values are shown above.

These dues depict a post office clerk.

Monday, November 28, 2016

2017 Year of the Rooster


New Issue alert:

2017 Year of the Rooster


Kind of Issue : Special
Denomination & Quantity : P12, P45 . . . 101,000
Souvenir Sheet : P200 . . . 5,000
Date of Issue : December 1, 2016
Last Day of Sale : November 30, 2017
Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm (2 designs)
Sheet Composition :16on
Size of Souvenir Sheet : 63mm x 63mm
Diameter : 38.1mm
Perforation : 14
Printing Process : Litho Offset (4 colors)
Embellishment - Gold Foil & Special Round Perforation
Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer : Rodine C. Teodoro

postage due 1


The first time postage due stamps were issued by the Philippines came out during the American administration.

These were postage dues of the United States overprinted PHILIPPINES in black reading diagonally upwards.

The 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c and 50c values were released in 1899, and the 3c and 30c in 1901.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

EFO 1972 Aguinaldo Credo surcharge





These are listed in the IPPS EFO catalog as "three types of overprint -- light, medium, and heavy".

Saturday, November 26, 2016

EFO 1972 Christmas

Normal Copy
Color shift
This color shift was unrecorded in the IPPS EFO catalog.

The gold frame of the painting is shifted upward and slightly to the left, causing some letters of PILIPINAS and the denomination to touch it.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas 2016

New Issue alert:
The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of 4 stamps in celebration of the yuletide season.
Kind of Issue : Special
Denomination & Quantity : P15 . . . 101,000
Date of Issue : November 25, 2016
Last Day of Sale : November 24, 2017
Size of Stamps : 4cm x 3cm
Sheet Composition : 16on ( Blk/ 4 stamps)
Perforation : 14
Printing Process : Litho Offset (4 colors)
Special Embellishment - Spot Lamination
Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer : Aimee Cabingao
Design : Four (4) designs of ParĂ³l or Christmas Lanterns
[press release added later]

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost releases Parol Stamps to celebrate Christmas

The star-shaped Christmas lantern known locally as "Parol" is now on postage stamps.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released special “Parol” stamps featuring one of the most iconic symbols of Filipino Christmas spirit and goodwill.

The “lantern stamps” features a special or spot lamination which is different from other regular issued postage stamps. The Christmas color of red, white, and green reflects the Filipino Christmas celebration which is colorful, lively and full of bright lights.

Traditionally, the Parol (lanterns) have a star-shaped framework made of bamboo sticks which are then covered by colored pieces of either Japanese or crepe paper. The most common form is a five-pointed star with two decorative “tails”. 

Parol is a representation of the star of Bethlehem that was used by the Biblical Magi as marker of the birth place of the baby Jesus.

The star-shaped lanterns are displayed hanging outside the house, along the busy streets and small villages. This kind of lantern was used by barrio folk to light their paths during the ritual yuletide dawn Masses called Misa de Gallo.

Recently, innovations from Pampanga include production of lanterns with electronic lights that can be programmed to produce a dancing effect, using LED rope lights, known as “flexilight” lanterns. 

PHLPost has printed 101,000 copies of the block of four stamps with different designs and denominations sold at P12 and P17, respectively. 

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.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

1992 Philatelic Week FDC

Paintings of Filipino artists were the theme of the 1992 Philatelic Week issue.

This time I can figure out the cachet!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1991 Philatelic Week FDC

Continuing on the art theme, the 1991 Philatelic Week issue featured a three-stamp set of paintings by Filipino artists.

Leastwise, the cachet is "philatelic". Missing though is the close quote for "We are a very happy family of stamp collectors".

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1990 Philatelic Week FDC

With the advent of art used for Philatelic Week, in 1990, we were given a pleasant surprise.

From hereon, the stamp designs are no longer "philatelic" so much so that the issues need to be scrutinized to determine if these are Philatelic Week (or the later National Stamp Collecting Month) issues.

Nonetheless, I still can't make out the cachet on this first day cover. Maybe an illustration of paints on a palette?

Monday, November 21, 2016

UP College of Business Administration

New Issue alert:

University of the Philippines College of Business Administration Alumni Association 100 Years.

Kind of Issue :Commemorative
Denomination & Quantity :   P12 . . . 101,000
Date of Issue :December 3, 2016
Last Day of Sale :December 2, 2017
Size of Stamps :30mm x 40mm
Sheet Composition :40on (10x4) Single design
Perforation :14
Printing Process :Litho Offset (4 colors)
Paper :Imported Unwatermarked
Printer :Amstar Company, Inc.
Layout Artist :Victorino Z. Serevo
Design :Logos of UPCBAAA and UP

1989 Philatelic Week FDC

Well, this cachet could have looked better if colored like the stamp at right.

But, then again, the cost of production would have been higher.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

FSCC auction November 2016

Some 30 bidders participated in today's auction sale of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Club held at the Philpost lobby. 

Of the 535 philatelic and nonphilatelic lots, the following were the Philippine philatelic lots:


Spanish era
Alfonso surcharged used pair
Revenue stamps 5 diff mint
Papel sellado 1890-91
Papel sellado 1894-95 Mother & child
Papel sellado 1888-89 Old man

Aguinaldo
Stamp violet used

USPI/Commonwealth
1903 1c green & 2c red ovpts VFU
1928 FFC Manila-Singapore
1928 London-Orient Flight FDC
1929 Large registered cover Manila-Switzerland
1930 Registered cover Manila-Switzerland
1932 Aparri-Manila cover
1932 Pictorials 7 FDCs
1932 Pictorial FDC w/signature of Rein
1933 FFC Manila-Iloilo
1933 FFC Manila-Iloilo (diff from above)
1933 FFC Fabrica-Iloilo
1935 FFC Manila-Labuan Flying Boat
1935 Commonwealth issues 8 values VFU
1936 Cover w/registered sticker on back
1936 FFC Manila-Batavia KNILM
1937 First flight PAA Manila, Macau, Hong Kong
1937 FFC Manila-HK Clipper
1937 FFC Manila-HK Clipper (diff from above)
1939 FFC Manila-Baguio Pamex
1939 FFC Manila-Bacolod Pamex
1941 Registered cover Manila-New York via Clipper
1941 FFC Manila-Singapore Clipper
Victory FDC
Consolidated Mines document 1946 w/victory document stamps

Japanese occupation
FDC 2 pcs

RP mint
1947 Quezon-Roosevelt A
1947 Quezon-Roosevelt B
1959 Boy Scouts ss with and without ovpt
1959 Boy Scouts 25c+5c sheet of 50
1959 Boy Scouts tete-beche sheet
1959 Congress 6s sheet of 50
1960 Rotary surcharged sheet of 50
1960 Stamp Centenary surcharged sheet
1960 Tuberculosis full sheet
1961 Boy Scouts tete-beche surcharged sheet
1961 Dela Salle full sheet
1967 Battle of Bataan 5s sheet of 50
1970 Bamboo Organ surcharged sheet of 50
1973 Independence B/4
1975 San Sebastian 60s sheet of 50 perf/imperf
1975 Basilica 45s imperf sheet of 50
1976 US Bicentennial ss
1978 Oil Reef full sheet
1978 FEU 30s sheet of 50
1981 Pope 90s sheet of 20
1984 LA Olympics imperf/perf
1984 Ships set
1984 Butterflies set
1984 Horses set
1985 Horses ss
1985 Girl Scouts set
1988 Seoul Olympics ss
1990 Christmas
1991 Philacon
1991 SEA Games 2 sets
1991 Philatelic Week
1992 Kabisig
1992 Chess Olympiad ss
1992 YPS ovpt ss
1995 Endemic Mammals ss
1995 Jakarta exhibit ovpt ss
1995 Asean environment ss
1996 Eagle P20
1996 Eagle P30
1996 Gregorio Araneta Foundation B/4
1997 Stamps & Philatelic Division ss
1998 Philippine Centennial ss
1998 Pilipinas 98 ss pink background
1998 Pilipinas 98 ss blue background
1998 Year of Rabbit strip of 5
2002 Orchids ss
2002 Coastal Resources ss
2003 St Luke’s B/4
2004 Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce
2006 RP-UK ovpt
2008 Bonsai ss
1959-1994 sets face value P586
Mint single set surcharged ovptd
Color and paper variety all mint
Musical Instruments 30s sheet of 50
75 pcs

RP used
1959 Veterans surcharge blocks of 4 (2x)
1980 Rotary strips of 5 (2x)
Modern stamps over 100 pcs
Stocksheets in a binder full of RP used stamps

RP specimens
1992 National Symbols sheet of 56
1995 WWII ms
1996 Cattleyas
1998 Shells 2 ms of 16 stamps
1999 Millennium Stamps Series 1 to 4 ms of 48 stamps
2006 Pasko B/4
2006 Turtles ms of 16 + ss

RP FDCs
1947 Roxas oathtaking set
1956 Sacred Heart B/4 toned
1959 Scouting ss
1970 Shells
1981 Marcos cancelled Sta Mesa
1981 Marcos cancelled Nayong Pilipino
1981 Marcos cancelled Makati
1987 signed by Butz Aquino
1988 Solar Eclipse
1991 Year of Monkey
1992 Expo 2 pcs
1992 Greetings
1992 Year of Cock
1992 Chess Olympiad
1992 Great Filipinos
1992 Freshwater Aquarium Fishes
1994 Year of Rat
1995 Year of Pig
2008 Bonsai
1940s 26 pcs
2 pcs Lorenzo Ruiz

RP covers
1947 Initial flight Pan-Am Manila, Bangkok, Calcutta
1948 Airletter PAL DC-6 Manila-San Francisco
1948 Special flight around Manila Atlas Sky
1951 Airletter FDC
1958 Inaugural flight PAL Viscount Manila-Cebu
1958 Inaugural flight TWA-NWA Manila-US
1958 Inaugural flight Manila-Davao
1959 1st airmail flight Pan-Am Manila-Jakarta
1960 FFC Manila-Amsterdam KLM
1960 FFC Manila-Bangkok KLM
1960 FFC Manila-Djakarta PAA
1961 FFC Manila-Tokyo Qantas
1965 PAL to Singapore
1965 Inaugural flight PAL to Sydney
1965 FFC Manila-Singapore PAL
1967 Inauguration Convair 880 jet service Manila-Tokyo
1968 FFC Manila-Tokyo PAL
1974 FFC Manila-Vienna Swiss Air
1975 FFC 10 covers Manila to diff RP cities
1976 FFC Aparri-Manila
1980 FFC Manila-London British Airways
1981 FFC Manila-Denmark SAS
1985 FFC Manila-Chicago PAL
1985 FFC Manila-San Francisco
Philpex 93 commemorative/slogan cover

RP souvenir albums
1957 Juan Luna
1966 New Seal of Manila
1966 Presidential Gems Laurel
1968 Philatelic Week
1969 Presidential Gems Osmena
1969 Rice for Progress

Miscellaneous
1976 Virgin of Antipolo souvenir folder
1991 Basketball Centennial FDC + ss
1992 Rare & Endangered Species FDC + ss
1992 UN Conference on Nutrition FDC + stamps
1993 Year of Cock FDC + stamps
2014 Pilipinas Shell souvenir folder
FDC album w/15 diff postal cards
Lot of Philippine stamps + ss
Great Filipinos FDC + stamps
26th SEA Games FDC + ss
1 sheet of USAFFE Induction stamps
USPI/JapOcc assorted stamps 120 pcs
Aseanpex 96 sticker
1 sheet of Phil Revolution TB seals

Saturday, November 19, 2016

IPPS auction November 2016

Auction No. 68 of the International Philippine Philatelic Society closes on November 25.

This sale has 680 lots for the Philippine specialist, covering all periods, divided into five: Spanish Period & Provisionals, US Administration, Japanese Occupation, Republic Period, and Revenue & Miscellaneous.

You can bid online at


IPPS Auction Chairman is Nigel Gooding.

Happy bidding!

1988 Philatelic Week FDC

Nope, there was no Philatelic Week issue for 1987.

So, we come to 1988...with a design error on one of the se-tenant stamps!

The top left stamp of the block of four was inscribed 1938 instead of 1988. This error, however, was corrected later when another block of four was printed.

Friday, November 18, 2016

1986 Philatelic Week FDC

"Peace thru Philately" is actually the theme of the 1986 Philatelic Week issue.

Not "Pobreng Alindahaw" as illustrated in the cachet. Nevertheless, it's still related to the P3 value of the set.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

1984 Philatelic Week FDC

Three things here:

1. The overprinted stamps were from the 1984 First F.I.P. Gold Medal Award se-tenant issue. F.I.P. stands for Federation Internationale de Philatelie.

2. This 1984 Philatelic Week issue came out in 1985.

3. The cachet belongs to the 1983 Philatelic Week issue!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1983 Philatelic Week FDC

The steps shown on the se-tenant strip of five stamps are as follows:

Cutting
Sorting
Soaking
Affixing hinges
Mounting stamp

And the steps shown on the illustrated cachet are as follows:

Cut off stamps from envelope
Soak in basin or bowl of water
Sorting
Identify and mount
...in album

Which steps do you use?