Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Press Release: 2015 Stamp Calendar Launch last November 24, 2014

PHLPost Culminates National Stamp Collecting Month

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) offers quadruple treats  as part of the culminating activities of the National Stamp Collecting Month last November.

With barely some weeks before Christmas, PHLPost will launch the "Pasko 2014" special stamps that feature Filipino traditions and values of giving and merrymaking shared among families and friends Monday morning of November 24, at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.

This years's set of holiday stamps designed by the corporation's layout artist Rodine Teodoro illustrates Filipino Christmas traditions showing the new born Jesus with Mary and Joseph in traditional Filipino clothing, the all time favorite Christmas caroling, "Pagmamano" - a symbol of respect for elderly Filipinos, and the traditional "Noche Buena" during Christmas Eve. When put side by side in a block of four, the four stamps form the Filipino lantern in the middle. PHLPost printed 104,000 copies of the four designs of the stamps, with P 10 denomination.

In the same event, PHLPost is set to award cash prize of P 15,000 each for four winning entries in the Papal Visit "On the Spot" Stamp Design Contest.

The designs of Dave Arjay Tan and Salvador Banares Jr. both from Valenzuela City, were selected for the professional category while the entries of Don Bryan Michael Bunag and Mark Leo Maac both from the province of Bulacan, had been adjudged as the winners for the student category.

The highlight of the program was the presentation of the 2015 Philippine Stamp Calendar with several new technologies lined-up starting with the issuance of the Pope Francis Visit special stamps to be printed in 3D Embossing and Hot Foil Stamping Coinage stamps.

Starting next year, PHLPost will introduce metallic printing, special composite perforation, satin finish thermal ink (color changing) and peel-off sticker stamps to enhance the look and feel of the upcoming postage stamp issuance. This will also make the country's stamps at par with international standards.

"We have been very blessed to release stamps adopting never-before-seen technology, the first in the history of the Philippine Post, We will use the modern printing technology as we continue to feature very interesting subjects for our stamps to further the appreciation of the public," Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz said.

This year, PHLPost applied glow in the dark, scented, tactile 3D embossed, gold foiling and diamond powder technology in printing its stamps.

PHLPost also launch "Selyo Magazine", a quarterly publication of stamps which can be useful for stamp collectors and students as well.

Welcome Message by PHLPost Chairman Cesar Sarino

With fellow bloggers. Some are really stamp collectors.

Now, awarding of winners from Papal stamps"On the spot design" contest
PHLPost Post Master General and CEO with the winner in the professional category: Mr. Salvador Banares Jr. from Valenzuela City. Below: Another winner in the professional category "On the Spot design" contest, Mr. Dave Arjay Tan from Valenzuela City too.
Student Category winners. Above: Bryan Michael Bunag. Below: Marc Leo Maac both from Bulacan City.

There was a short of video of the past released stamps this year. Finally, the unveiling of 2015 stamps. There was also the presentation of 2015 Stamp Calendar.
Above photo: Pasko 2014 Stamps.
 Launching of Selyo Magazine with PHLPost Post Master General and CEO Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz and Mr. Enrique Tagle, Manager, Business Lines Department

 Mr. Tagle talked about the Selyo Magazine for the Papal visit next year and its commemorative issue. Closing remarks.

Thank you to Ms. Marla Espiritu for the invite.

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P.S All pictures were taken by me. 

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