Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
The 21 keychains featuring well known Star Wars characters like Yoda, Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, C3P0, R2D2, and Queen Amidala are a welcome addition to my Star Wars treasures.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Fans of Sherlock Holmes, a legendary detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Boyle are in for a treat this month with the release of the Sherlock Holmes movie and Guerney Post' Sherlock Holmes stamps.
The movie directed by Guy Ritchie is now a box office smash after grossing $24.9 million on Christmas day.
Robert Downey Jr. plays Sherlock Holmes while Jude Law is his sidekick named Watson.
Here is the story of the movie:
Detective Sherlock Holmes, the most brilliant investigative mind in all of England together with his pragmatic and trusted colleague named Watson must stop a malicious mastermind who sets in motion a plan that could threaten England's future. Holmes and Watson must not only show off their mental prowess, but also roll up their sleeves and throw a few punches to save the day.
Meanwhile Guernsey Post adds a new twist to the character with the issuance of the stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Boyle.
The postal authorities commissioned Keith Robinson, an illustrator and animator, to do the design of the stamps who suggested that a new plot has to made to enliven the commemorative issue.
Guernsey Post decided to sponsor the writing of a new mystery story called Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of the Alderney Bull.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
His "Urbi et Orbi" speech, which means "To the city and the world" in Latin was followed with Christmas greetings in 65 different languages that included a special message for the Filipinos.
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In one of her interviews regarding her collection, she was quoted as saying "It is something introduced to me when I was very young. I have been very lucky over the years to travel to some amazing countries and I always try to collect stamps from every place I go. I am hoping one day that I will be able to hand my collection over to my kids."
Maria Sharapova of Russia was the World's No. 1 professional tennis player and a three time Grand Slam singles champion.
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The beautiful block of 4 stamps are all priced at 7 pesos each and highlight Hypselodoris apolegma, Glossodoris colemani, Chromodoris sp. and Chromodoris elisabethina.
The souvenir sheet valued at 7 pesos each include the Jorunna Funebris, Chromodoris lochi, Noumea alboannulata, Chromodoris hintuanesis, Risbechi tryoni, and Chromodoris leopardus.
This issue is a great addition to those who collect stamps on marine life.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The alledged masterminds are now in government custody but other perpetrators numbering more than a hundred are still being hunted down by the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Bureau of Investigation.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 1959 declaring Martial Law in Maguindanao last Friday night. This move has made everyone apprehensive. The Senate and the House of Representatives convened yesterday as one body to tackle the issue.
Filipinos have a bad experience with Martial Law when President Ferdinand Marcos declared it in 1972. A lot of atrocities and human rights violations were committed during those years.
As the whole world celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today, I hope that the rights of the people in Maguindanao will not be violated and all the perpetrators be brought to justice.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stamp was issued by the Philippine postal authorities on December 9, 1988.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The Philippines, considered as among the top contenders after proving to be the over-all champion in 2005 aims to garner 30 to 40 gold medals.
Lao National Post and Telecommunications Authority head Mr. Phueay Sadalom announced that they have come up with the "Put Your Own 25th SEA Games Stamp On It" that will be a perfect personalised souvenir for those seeking to preserve memories of the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane.
He further explains "Many people believe that stamps are only to be used for mailing letters through a post office, which of course is their primary function. However, they are also valued very highly by people who collect them.”
Update: Team Philippines hauled a total of 38 gold, 35 silver and 51 bronze medals.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Today is a big celebration for the Roman Catholic Church being the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The Church Dogma of the Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sin. It is one of the four dogmas in Roman Catholic Mariology.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception that is celebrated every December 8 was established as a universal feast by Pope Sixtus IV in 1476.
Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the Immaculate Conception as a dogma on December 8, 1854 in his constitution "Ineffabilis Deus".
The dogma is supported by Holy Scripture when the Virgin Mother was greeted by Angel Gabriel "Hail Mary, full of grace.."
To highlight the closing of the Marian Year in 1954, a Philippine stamp was released on December 30, 1954 featuring Murillo's painting of the Immaculate Conception.
Monday, December 7, 2009
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Today's post highlights the Philippine stamp version of the endangered marine animals released by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) on November 27, 2009.
The se-tenant stamps valued at 7 pesos each feature the Butanding or Whale Shark and the Gangetic Dolphin. The souvenir sheet (see above pic) shows the Butanding with a 20-peso value and the Gangetic Dolphin at 7 pesos.
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An unidentified buyer picked the stamp at an auction in Hong Kong for HK$3.68m (US$475,000 / £290,000).
“The Whole Country is Red” stamp features a worker holding a book that shows Mao Zedong's quotations with a red map of China in the background. Taiwan was left uncolored by the designer Wang Wei Sheng.
“For a long time I was really worried that I would be jailed,” he adds “Officials told me that it was a really big mistake, but in the end nothing happened."
Lucky for Wang, he was not punished for his mistake.
Taiwan split from China in 1949 after the end of a civil war, China has always claimed that Taiwan is a renegade province of its own.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ricardo Teves, Bob Uy and this blogger were informed of this development by the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) of the City of Cebu.
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A few years ago, during the stint of Ms. Fabiolita Ferraris as Regional Director of the Philippine Postal Corporation Region 7, she appointed me to be her Philatelic Adviser and one of our programs then was to form stamp clubs in different cities in the region. Thus, the Dumaguete Philatelic Society and Bohol Philatelic Society were formed. Different school stamp clubs were also created. Sad to say, after she left, the clubs disappeared for various reasons.
When Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated (CSCI) decided to bring the "Selyo At Kasaysayan.. A Retrospective of Filipino Heroes Through Stamps" to Silliman University in Dumaguete City last August 23-26, 2008, I got to meet the former president of the defunct Dumaguete Philatelic Society, Mrs. Monserrat Magbanua. Aidalyn Arabe who was appointed as project chair introduced me to her.
Richard Rauscher who lives in Dumaguete was also there. He joined Cebu Stamp Club sometime in 1997. It was Richard who introduced me to Gary Rosales who signed up as a club member before we returned to Cebu. A few months later Allan Bennet Uymatiao joined CSCI too.
On December 1-12, 2009, the newly formed Dumaguete Stamp Collectors Club will hold its first non-competitive exhibit at the College of St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Thanks to Dumaguete-based Cebu Stamp Club members Gary Rosales, Aidalyn Arabe, Penn Villanueva, Allan Uymatiao, and Richard Rauscher for continuing the philatelic flame that we started through our exhibit last year.
Above pics feature Allan Uymatiao with the Cebu Stamp Club president and Aidalyn Arabe during the "Selyo At Kasaysayan 2009... A Tribute to Cory Aquino held last August 27-30, 2009 at the 2nd level of Ayala Center Cebu.
Good luck guys and more power to your exhibit!
Monday, November 16, 2009
The NHI claims that the the trio's version was longer by about a minute and a half and is far from Julian Felipe's tempo of the Anthem.
Not so long ago, Filipino balladeer Martin Nievara was lambasted by the NHI for his alleged wrong rendition during the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton match.
Section 37 of Republic Act 8491 or the 1998 Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines tasked the National Historical Institute to see to it that the display of the Philippine Flag and the rendition of the National Anthem whether played or sung, should be in accordance with Julian Felipe's original musical arrangement which follows a marching-type beat.
Photo above features the stamp of the Philippine National Anthem Centennial issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation on September 3, 1999.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Streets are almost deserted with people from all walks of life either confined in their homes glued to their tv sets or are at the different moviehouses, hotels, gyms or restaurants showing the live telecast of his fight.
Today, the Philippines' Pride faces Miguel Cotto, another worthy opponent from Puerto Rico. The match is scheduled to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We at Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated are supposed to have our regular stamp meetup today at McDonalds Jones but the past meetups that coincided with a Manny Pacquiao match showed poor attendance among members, so we decided to postpone the meeting for next Sunday, November 22, 2009.
Good luck Manny in your fight against Cotto. Our prayers are with you!
Update: The whole Philippines celebrated after the Pacman stops Miguel Cotto in the 12th round through a Technical Knock Out (TKO) and wins his 7th title.
Friday, November 13, 2009
APEC Singapore 2009 aims to build on APEC’s work to date in promoting economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment across the Asia-Pacific region. It focuses in overcoming the economic crisis and positioning member economies for a sustainable recovery in the post-crisis world.
The main areas for discussion during the year are: Positioning for Economic Recovery; Supporting Multilateral Trading Systems; and Accelerating Regional Economic Integration.
The 21 member economies of APEC are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo left today for Singapore to join the other world leaders.
To publicize APEC 2009, Singapore Post issued the APEC 2009 MEETINGS stamps on November 5, 2009.