Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1986 Philatelic Week

Here is a 1986 Philatelic Week first day cover with a cachet on the theme of the issue.

Monday, January 30, 2017

World Stamp Expo '89

World Stamp Expo '89 was held from November 17 to December 3 at Washington, DC.

It was held in conjunction with the 20th Universal Postal Congress.

Philippines issued three stamps for this event. These stamps-on-stamps issue picture the following:

P1 -- the first stamps of the Spanish era and Revolutionary period
P4 -- the first stamps of the US administration and Commonwealth period
P5.50 -- the first stamps of the Japanese occupation and Republic era

The P1 errs in design in that the Queen Isabella II stamp is perforated!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

World Post Day poster

Here's another souvenir made by a collector.

This time it's a poster for World Post Day in 1989 with a cancelled Fiesta Islands stamp.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Postage Stamp Day card

According to a stamp dealer, this souvenir item was made for a Postpex event of the Philippine Philatelic Auction Club. This must have fallen on Postage Stamps Day of 1979.

Printed by silkscreen, the image at top illustrates the first stamp of the Spanish Philippines.

Affixed on the card is the 1949 Universal Postal Union souvenir sheet privately overprinted in 1963 for the 15th anniversary of the United Nations adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights.

The sheet is cancelled on October 9, 1979.

The souvenirs that collectors make!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Taipei 1992

Souvenir Sheet of 4
Souvenir Sheet of 1
On one FDC
For the Taipei Stamp Exhibition of 1992, two souvenir sheets of the Freshwater Aquarium Fishes I with additional inscriptions were issued.

These came out on September 12, three days after the Freshwater Aquarium Fishes I stamps and souvenir sheets were released.

The first day cover bearing both souvenir sheets is extra long!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

PPS Journal

The Philippine Philatelic Society Journal was published by the UK-based Philippine Philatelic Society.

This journal was merged in 2008 with the Philippine Philatelic Journal of the International Philippine Philatelic Society.

Can someone confirm if this UK club is now defunct?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


The Chrisquapipex souvenir sheet was overprinted in 1996 by the Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas for UNDAYPEX, the United Nations Day Philatelic Exhibition held at Manila from October 21 to 26.

This exhibit was held to mark the 21st anniversary of the UN, and a slogan canceller was used to cancel the 6c stamp while a "postmark" was used to cancel the United Nations stamp.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Miss Universe

New Issue alert:


The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of three (3) stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring “ MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT 2017.”
Kind of Issue : Special
Denomination & Quantity : P12, P17 & P55 - - - 103,500
                                     : Stamp on stamp
Souvenir Sheet : P100 - - - 6,000
                       : Stamps on stamp
Date of Issue : January 24, 2017
Last Day of Sale :January 23, 2018
Size of Stamps : 50 mm x 35 mm
Sheet Composition : Miniature Sheet of 9
                            : Se-tenant strip of 3
Perforation : 14
Size of Souvenir Sheet : 70 mm x 45 mm
Printing Process : Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper :Imported Unwatermarked
Printer :Amstar Company, Inc.
Layout Artist :Rodine C. Teodoro
P12: Portrait of Gloria Diaz – Miss Universe 1969.Issued on May 5, 1994.
P17: Portrait of Margie Moran – Miss Universe 1973.Issued on May 5, 1994.
P55: Photo of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach – Miss Universe 2015 in her winning moment. Issued April 17, 2016.

PRESS RELEASE: Miss Universe Stamps to Feature Filipina Queens

With more than two decades after the last staging of Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines, it is set to once again be held in the country on January 30 as the the reigning Miss Universe from the Philippines Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach pass on the crown to whoever wins the title this year. And to commemorate the Philippines’ hosting of this prestigious pageant, the Philippine Postal Corporation will produce commemorative stamps featuring the Filipina beauties who have brought home the Miss Universe title.
The ‘stamp-on-stamp’ design will highlight the three maidens from Philippines who have won the much coveted crown. The first stamp design is of Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, which was released in 1994, in commemoration of the last Miss Universe pageant held in the Philippines. Second is Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran, which was also released in 1994. Last design is of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach, which was released last year, in celebration of her victory.
All three beauty queens were part of the PHLPost Living Legends roster, along with the first Miss World from the Philippines Meagan Lynne Young and Filipino world boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao. Living Legends are living personalities aside from the president and elected officials who have been featured on stamps because of the pride and honor they have brought for the country.
The stamps of Gloria Diaz, Margarita Moran and Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach can be bought individually for P12, P17 and P55, respectively, but a whole sheetlet with all the design can also be bought. The Gloria Diaz stamp can be used for ordinary mails within Luzon, the Margarita Moran stamp for ordinary mails sent to the Visayas and Mindanao, while the Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach stamp for mails within Asia. Meanwhile, a souvenir sheet can also be availed of for P100, containing all three designs.
The stamps and first day cover will be available starting today, January 25, 2017 at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and all area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 o 527-01-32.


This privately issued souvenir sheet for Chrisquapipex was made by the Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas.

Chrisquapipex, the Christianization Quatercentennial Philippine International Philatelic Exhibition, was held at Manila from December 6 to 12, 1965.

As noted on the sheet, this was also issued for the inauguration of the AFF as philatelic agent of the United Nations, hence a printed United Nations stamp at left.

Also noted was the fact that it was "printed with the permission of the United Nations Postal Administration."

A 6c stamp of the 1965 Christianization issue is affixed at right while a facsimile of the 70c value of the set is printed (but with different colors from the actual stamp).

Monday, January 23, 2017


There is actually an issue for Scoutpex '79. These are overprints on the 1959 6c+4c value of the 10th World Boy Scout Jamboree stamp and the souvenir sheet of 5.

On the covers shown here, however, the 1977 National Boy Scout Jamboree stamp is used.

Scoutpex '79, the 1st Scout Philatelic Exhibition, was held at Quezon City from July 4 to 14 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the first national jamboree held at Quezon City in 1954.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

straight edges 2

These straight edges occurred naturally, not scissored, as manufactured.

The 2c came from a booklet pane of 6 stamps.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Republic documentary stamps 6

These documentary tax stamps were printed by the Toppan Printing Company of Japan. The quality of printing looks better than the later issues of similar design.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Officially Sealed

This was used by the postal bureau to seal envelopes that were damaged in transit.

Were there other uses for this?

Thursday, January 19, 2017


New Issue alert:

Centennial Celebration of Bustos, Bulacan

Kind of Issue : Commemorative
Denomination & Quantity : P12 - - - 101,000
Date of Issue : January 15, 2017
Last Day of Sale :January 14, 2018
Size of Stamps : 40mm x 30mm
Sheet Composition : 40 on (4 X 10)
Perforation :14
Printing Process : Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer :Rodine C. Teodoro
Design : Centennial Logo of the Municipality of Bustos, Bulacan

Sta. Rosa

New Issue alert:

225th Founding Anniversary of Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

Kind of Issue : Commemorative
Denomination & Quantity : P12 - - - 101,000
Date of Issue : January 18, 2017
Last Day of Sale :January 17, 2018
Size of Stamp : 40mm x 30mm
Sheet Composition : 40 on (4 x 10)
Perforation : 14
Printing Process : Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer :Rodine C. Teodoro
Designs :Arch de Triumph, Museo de Sta. Rosa,City Hall of Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
            and it’s Official Logo, Image of a lion

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost releases 225th Founding Anniversary of Sta. Rosa Laguna

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is releasing “225th Founding Anniversary of the City of Sta. Rosa, Laguna,” stamp on January 18, 2017, in commemoration of Sta. Rosa’s 225th founding anniversary.
The City of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, also known as the “Lion City of South Luzon,” is widely known for being home to a famous amusement park. It was founded on January 18, 1792. The town folks of Sta. Rosa were helpful in the Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spain during the revolutionary period in 1898. Revolutionaries from Sta. Rosa were also cited as among those who fought alongside Pio del Pilar during the Philippine-American War.
“PHLPost is privileged to take part in this momentous occasion. We are proud to present the ‘225th Founding Anniversary of the City of Sta. Rosa, Laguna,’ stamp, which shows landmarks of the beautiful city that is Sta. Rosa,” Assistant Post Master General for Marketing and 
Management Support Services Luis Carlos said.
Among the most popular tourist attractions in Sta. Rosa is the Sta. Rosa Arc. The original “Bantayang Bato” was built in 1972, the year when Sta. Rosa was founded. After being refitted, it is now near the marketplace and was designed after the Arc de Triomphe in Champs Elysees, Paris, France.
The stamp, which bears the official logo of the City of Sta. Rosa, features a bust of a lion, the fa├žade of Sta. Rosa City Hall, Museo de Santa Rosa, Sta. Rosa City Plaza, Sta. Rosa Arc, and Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish.
PHLPost commissioned security printer Amstar Co. Inc. to print 101,000 copies of the “225th Founding Anniversary of the City of Sta. Rosa, Laguna,” stamp, which is sold at P12 each. The stamp was designed by PHLPost in-house graphic artist Rodine C. Teodoro.
You may now avail yourself of the stamp at the Post Shop, Central Post office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila, and area post offices nationwide and is only available until January 17, 2018 or until supplies last. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

Republic customs

A revenue stamp for the Philippine Customs Service, which later became the Bureau of Customs. This stamp was halved when used, thus the same two serial numbers on the left and right.

Can someone tell us more about these customs stamps? What were they for and how were they used?

Is the "Republic of the Philippines" an overprint?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ring flaw 13

Another ring flaw on the background color, above the tallest mushroom.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ring flaw 12

This stamp was printed by photogravure. There's a ring flaw on the bangs of the Girl Scout.

Monday, January 16, 2017

ring flaw 11

A ring flaw on the 4 of P4.75 of the right stamp in this pair of 1989 definitives.

Also a broken second I in PILIPINAS, right stamp too.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

FSCC auction January 2017

More than 30 bidders participated in this afternoon's auction of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Club held at the Philpost lobby.

It's the 22nd anniversary of the club today and gifts were raffled to some members.

Of the 518 philatelic and nonphilatelic lots, the following were the Philippine philatelic lots:

Spanish era
Assorted stamps mint used

1910 Cuba postcard w/Philippine postage due stamp
1926 cover cancelled Laoag
1926 cover on La Estrella De Filipinas Cigarettes Factory envelope
1926 FDC on Philippine Chess Association envelope
1926 FDC on Botica Boie envelope
1926 FDC 2c Legislative & 4c Legislative OB
1926 FDC 2c Legislative on 4c McKinley envelope
1926 FDC 2c Legislative with 1926 Christmas seal
1926 FDC 2c Legislative on 2c Rizal envelope
1926 FDC 4c Legislative on 2c Rizal envelope
1926 FFC May 13 Aparri-Manila
1927 FFC Cebu-Manila via US Army Sea Plane
1927 cover 2c Legislative w/Fondo Benefico Espanol label
1930s-40s Commonwealth & Victory common 9v used
1935 Temple of Human Progress B/20
1936 FFC Manila-HK via BRAF Flying Boat
1937 FFC Manila-US via Pan-American Airways 7v long envelope
1939 cover Airmail Exhibition
1945 Victory postal card Rizal
1945 FDC Cebu cancel long envelope
University of the Philippines mail with OB strip of 5 Rizal stamps
Victory 13 pcs FDCs
Victory FDC

Japanese occupation
1944-45 3 covers Laurel imperf pair set
Laurel imperf sheet of 50 mint
FDCs 2 pcs A
FDCs 2 pcs B

RP mint
1966 Seal of Manila 30s sheet of 50
1969 Cultural Center of the Philippines B/4
1971-72 Tourism set of 16
1975 PMA sheet of 50
1977 Espamer ss perf
1978 Smallpox Eradication sheet of 50
1979 Rotary sheet of 50
1984 Parrots set
1985 Medicinal Plants set
1987 400 Years of Dominicans in Philippines
1987 San Lorenzo Ruiz set + ss
1988 Seoul Olympics ss
1989 Department of National Defense sheetlet
1991 Naphilcon ss
1992 Seville Universal Expo stamps & ss
1993 Bangkok Exhibit Aquarium Fishes small ss
1994 Year of the Pig perf ss
1994 Year of the Pig imperf ss
1994 National Anthem 4th series ss
1995 Endemic Mammals ss
1995 Jars ss
1995 Year of the Rat perf ss
1996 Aquarium Fishes ss
1997 Year of the Tiger perf ss
1997 WWF Spotted Deer & Warty Pig sheetlet
1997 International Year of the Reef sheetlet
1997 Game Cocks 2 sheetlets
1997 Game Cocks 2 sheetlets w/color guide
2002 Year of the Rooster ovpt Taipei Exhibit ss imperf
2003 Year of the Monkey imperf ss
2004 Filipinas 2004 ss series 1
2004 Filipinas 2004 ss series 2
2004 Filipinas 2004 ss series 3
2004 Filipinas 2004 ss series 4
2004 Filipinas 2004 ss series 5
2004 Filipinas 2004 ss series 6
2004 Philippine Owl ss A
2004 Philippine Owl ss B
2004 Philippine Owl ss C
2004 Philippine Owl ss D
2005 Year of the Dog ss
2005 Asean Games ss red color
2005 Philippine Shells set
2005 Philippine Shells ss
2005 Philippine Snails ovpt Taipei Exhibit ss
2007 Boy Scouts ss
2007 Aquatic Resources ss
2009 Philippine Minerals ss
Rare and Endangered Philippine Birds ss strip of 4
National Science Week sheetlet of 4
Philippine Flowers
Manny Pacquiao booklet
Definitives perf imperf w/P5 high value
Assorted over 100 pcs

RP used
50 diff

RP specimens
1949 Rizal booklet pane
1949 UPU ss Cebu City cancel
1949 50c Palm Trees Malolos cancel
1978 San Lazaro Hospital set
1979 World Telecommunications Year set
1984 TOYM Awards strip of 10
1988 Land Bank/PCIB se-tenant pairs
1996 Cattleyas ms orange
1996 Cattleyas ms pink
1997 WWF ms blue
1997 WWF ms green
1998 Pasko B/4
1999 Dept of Trans-Com Centennial ms of 16
2001 Bank of Philippine Islands postal card
2002-03 Valentine’s Day 2 sets
2003 Amorsolo’s Ancient Chinese + Kennon Road B/4

1940s 13 pcs
1963 Freedom From Hunger 2 pcs
1964 Bamboo Organ 7 diff cachets VF
1967 semipostal Birds 4 diff cachets
1980s 35 pcs
1981 Marcos oath-taking 3 pcs
1984 LRT 5 pcs cncelled 10 diff stations
1990s 37 pcs
1992 Seville Universal Expo stamps & ss
2009 Cory Aquino 2 pcs
4c Rizal Monument Calbayog cancel
Lorenzo Ruiz 2 pcs
Rare & Endangered Species of Philippine Birds

RP souvenir albums
1955 Lt. Jose Gozar
1959 World Tourism Conference
1964 Apolinario Mabini
1968 Felipe Calderon
1969 Universal Children’s Day
1971 City Bank
1981 PATA
Visit of Princess Beatrix
United Against Malaria

RP covers
1949 air letter
1954 FFC Manila-Zamboanga
1954 FFC Manila-Bacolod
1954 FFC Manila-Tacloban
1958 postal card green Rizal FD cancel Magsaysay memorial
1958 postal card green Rizal FD cancel Manila Cathedral
1958 FFC PAL Viscount backstamped VF
1959 postal card green Rizal FD cancel Philippine Flag 2v
1967 FFC Qantas Manila-Port Moresby backstamped
1975 FFCs 12 diff cities
1979 FFC Manila-Peking
1980 FFC Manila-London
1981 FFC Manila-Copenhagen
1986 FFC Manila-Abu Dhabi
1988 FFC Manila-Hong Kong
Commercial cover to USA tied with UST stamp

1949 US postcard w/RP postage due stamp
1968 Kennedy & Family mint sheet OG clean
2001 Bank of Philippine Islands prepaid postal card
2004 Polytechnic University of the Philippines prepaid postal card         
Lot of Philippine ss
USPI/JapOcc assorted stamps mint used

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ring flaw 10

Not obvious at first glance because of the color but there's a ring flaw on the right side near the man's left shoulder.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Asean chairmanship

New Issue alert:

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost issues Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN Commemorative stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is set to launch the “ASEAN 50, PHILIPPINES 2017”, Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN Commemorative stamps in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city, Davao coinciding with the opening of the ASEAN 2017 commemorative activities on Sunday, January 15.

The government has partnered with different agencies including PHLPost to create a memorable event that will set the tone to this important year-long commitment.

“As a founding member of ASEAN, the Philippines chairmanship and hosting of the ASEAN is a historic and important milestone event as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of this regional organization in 1967”, Postmaster General Joel Otarra said.

The stamps are visual tool that document important people, places and events and serve as excellent primary resources for teaching about the country and its culture.

PHLPost hopes that the postage stamps will spread awareness and educate the public about the ASEAN, giving them basic understanding of what it is and its purpose.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The ASEAN is committed to intensifying community building through enhanced regional cooperation and integration, in particular by establishing an ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community as its main pillars.

The “ASEAN 50, PHILIPPINES 2017” Commemorative stamps feature’s the official logo and this year’s theme: “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

PHLPost printed 101,000 copies of the stamps, to be sold at P12 each.

The stamps, commemorative folder and official first day cover will be available starting June 16, 2017 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.