Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
For those who are not from Cebu, here's the home-made vid I took and the director's cut of the ABS-CBN Cebu's MagTV Na show aired last September 13, 2009 featuring my stamps and Star Wars collections. The original vid is rendered in AVI but I had to convert it to MPEG4 for faster uploading in YouTube and divided it into three parts. Just click on the videos to view.
The monthly "CSCI Newsletter" and the newest publication, "Philippine Stamps" quarterly e-magazine have been getting good comments from our readers. The great support we are getting for the e-magazines have driven us to strive harder to come out with the best issues all the time.
This month's issue of the CSCI Newsletter talks about the September stamp meetup held at the 2nd floor of McDonalds Jones, Cebu City. It features the new Cory Aquino stamps and the latest Philippines and international stamps. Stamp stories and tips are also included.
For a free copy of the CSCI Newsletter, send an email to email@example.com. The Philippine Stamps magazine is given exclusively to regular members of the club.
Both e-magazines are in pdf format.
Monday, September 28, 2009
This is the first of several videos that I will be loading in YouTube for Cebu Stamp Club. Click here to view the video from YouTube.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
As I watched images after images being shown on tv, I was so shocked to see flood water rise up to levels never seen before. Water in some areas reached as high as the rooftops of one story buildings. Traffic got clogged up too. One scene that really touched me was that of a group of people being swept by the flood while people on a bridge did everything they can to save those below but to no avail.
I feel sad for the people who lost their loved ones in this latest calamity that hit the country. To them I offer my prayers. This calamity is the Philippine version of Katrina in the U.S. some years ago.
My personal thanks to all of those who have shared to help the affected families. God bless the Philippines!
Photo courtesy of Yahoo News. Click here for a full article on Ondoy.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I used to hear people talking about these beautiful insects found in the Butterfly Sanctuary owned by the late Professor Julian Jumalon but I never had the time to check it out until my friend Osman Jumalon, the professor's son invited me.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
A history buff, I also love to collect World War II toy figures, tanks and planes. I was fascinated when I read today's news about a vintage tank found at the bottom of Manila Bay by a private contractor.
It was the people's belief in the area that an American military ship sank nearby in a battle between American and Japanese forces.
The Sherman M4A1 battle tank was used by the United States military in the second World War. The Sherman was the front line tank of the US Army and was named after Civil War General Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army. It was a symbol of American might and industry.
Read the Philippine Daily Inquirer full article here.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My friend Marco Ruben Malto, the designer of the stamp relayed "...the first series are already out of stock within 5 days after its release... Philpost is really surprised with the turn out of sale of the Cory stamps, to quote them saying - selling like hot cakes!"
On September 18, 2009, Philpost decided to print 300,000 revised version of the Cory Aquino stamps. These reprints are actually a second series. There are changes in the layout of texts (PILIPINAS) and the denomination (p7). If one compares the two issues, they are completely different from each other.
Stamp collectors in the country believe that the second series will be as popular as the first and will be a big hit too!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
All the members of the opposition including Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., students, journalists, and activists were arrested by the military. Around 30,000 were detained.
Newspapers were shut down and the media was controlled. Marcos even closed Congress and took over its legislative powers and responsibilities.
The people suffered during those years. There was no freedom nor democracy. The rights of the Filipino were curtailed.
It took a Ninoy Aquino to reawaken the Filipinos. His death encouraged Cory Aquino to stand against Marcos in a snap election that would see the end of the Marcos dictatorship though the peaceful revolution called People Power.
Let us always be vigilant in guarding our freedom and democracy and let the spirit of EDSA 1 always live in our hearts.
Stamps above feature Marcos during the martial law years.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The retro-cool set includes Luke Skywalker with a telescoping saber, Princess Leia in her star puffs hairdo and a laser pistol that exactly looks similar to the one Carrie Fisher used in the movie, R2D2 with a rotatable head, and Chewbacca with his laser rifle and ammo belt.
The Early Bird figure collection was released by Hasbro in 2005 and is among the best Star Wars toy set. I did some research and found out that only 50,000 of these figures were made available and given for free from a mail-in offer found in the Early Bird Certificate Package.
Click here for more info on this set.
"It is six minutes to 5:00 AM but I am still wide awake. Earlier, I found out that the Cebu Stamp Club official website at http://cebustampclub.tripod.com is now the 23rd most viewed stamp organization site ranked by Google. Knowing that all the hard work and the sleepless nights have paid off gave me a sense of fulfillment and excitement.
Founding the club and managing it as well as being its webmaster, editor and writer is no joke. I can't imagine how I got all this energy and enthusiasm to go on.
The passion I have for philately and the active promotion of the stamp collecting hobby energizes me. Yes, stamps energize me. It made me who I am.
I recall an old friend who once told me that he loves to lick the back part of a stamp before mounting it on his album pages. He never uses water on a container but prefers to give his personal signature in each of the stamps he mounts by means of his saliva. Doing so gives him a natural high.
There are many stories I know about stamps energizing people. I have seen members who stay wide awake during the mountings and setting up of our stamp exhibits in malls. They don't even get paid a single cent by doing so. Full of energy and enthusiasm, they happily volunteer and do it for the love of the hobby.
At this moment, I am transported back in time when I first began collecting stamps. I can still feel the joy and excitement whenever a new stamp comes my way. Oh, what a feeling!
Later today, I will be bidding a sought after Philippine Commonwealth set in Ebay. Just thinking of having it in my collection contributes to my feeling of restlessness.."
The photo above is my mint United Nations year album featuring New York, Geneva and Vienna stamp issues.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The latest Gloria Arroyo stamp was released on August 3, 2009 while the Cory Aquino stamps came out on September 8, 2009.
I have to redo the main page too. The "Selyo At Kasaysayan 2009.. A Tribute To Cory Aquino" exhibit teaser had to be added together with the new group pictures of Cebu Stamp Club members. For the latter, a mouse over effect will be included to save on space. A new slide show had to be made with the inclusion of the logos of Stradcom Corporation and Himlayang Pilipino Plans, Inc.
Hopefully by Wednesday, the new updates will be uploaded and published. Check out the site by clicking here.
The Philippine Presidency On Stamps is an interactive website that features all the stamps of the Philippine Presidents from Emilio Aguinaldo to the incumbent chief executive, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The stamps are from my Philippine Presidents collection.
The site also includes the presidential seal and banner of every president. Their signatures, photos, videos, and informative data make it more interesting.
This is the one of the best websites I have done and it really took a lot of my time conceptualizing, designing and creating it.
The candidates that were overtaken in the survey included Senator Manuel Villar, former President Joseph Estrada, Senator Francis Escudero, and Vice President Noli de Castro.
It will be very interesting to see a united opposition fielding Noynoy as their official candidate for next year's presidential elections. But will the other presidentiables follow what Senator Mar Roxas did?
Many believe that he is the new hope for this country. His character, integrity, and humility has never been questioned. Is he our next president?
If he wins, I am sure his inauguration ceremony will be on stamps It will be the first in the Philippines where a father, a mother and a son are on Philippine stamps.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
At 10:45am, the show started airing. The first segment shows my childhood neighbor Joseph Kimseng with his vast collection of Coca Cola items, die cast airplanes along with his daughter Mary's collection and his wife's one million peso Barbie Doll collection.
Joseph's house is right across ours when we were kids. Me and my siblings used to be invited to their house whenever his parents threw a party. His mom, whom we fondly called Lola Angging and my grandmother Carmen were best friends. His mom was the godmother of my younger sister Cathy, who now works as a dean at the University of San Jose Recoletos. Both me and Joseph go to the same Jesuit school here in Cebu. He was one or two years ahead of me at Sacred Heart School for Boys.
Back to "MagTV Na", the segment that featured my collections began later. I never thought that the show would feature my son Kervin too.
Working with Mark Mayol, the segment producer almost everyday after the video shoot really paid off. An hour or two before lunch these past days, Mark would call me to request additional materials for the segment's animation. In a few minutes, what he needed were sent to his email.
The result was fabulous! Congratulations to MagTV Na's hosts and crew for a well conceptualized and great episode. My sincere thanks too to my friends, relatives and acquaintances who texted, emailed, and called just to let me know they were watching.
Photo above is from MagTV Na's multiply site featuring hosts Blinky, Erwin, and Mommy Tikay. Click here to visit the site.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The People's Champ or Pacman as Manny is often referred to, will be in the ring once again come November to fight Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas. I believe he will bring honor again to the country by winning over his opponent.
Pacquiao's charm was at its best yesterday when he visited Puerto Rico and was mobbed by Puerto Ricans asking for his autograph with señoritas posing beside him for souvenir pictures.
How I wish I could meet the champ and have him sign my Manny Pacquiao Souvenir Sheet released by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) last May 30, 2008.
Who knows? Maybe one day I will have that moment!
The Kennedy stamps along with the Mexico Olympic issues popularly called the "Mosden Stamps" were never issued as postage stamps in the Philippines. But it is interesting to note that a lot of these stamps went to the hands of stamp collectors worldwide.
The Philippine Postal Administration never granted recognition to the Mosden stamps as bonafide postal papers. They claimed that the stamps were printed without the approval of the postal administration, no official personnel was present to check and oversee the printing of the stamps, and the quantity of the stamps printed was not known to the postal administration.
Click here to see the Kennedy family tree.
Friday, September 11, 2009
This is what the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) and Singapore Post (SingPost) collaborated. The two postal administrations issued these stamps to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries. Date of Issue was August 28, 2009.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
3. Padme Amidala (battle)
4. Padme Amidala (senator)
5. Mace Windu
7. Saesee Tiin
8. Plo Koon
9. Kt Fisto
10. Luminara Unduli
11. Shaak Ti
14. Dexter Jettster
15. Zam Wesell
17. Boba Fett
18. Count Dooku
19. Poggle the Lesser
21. Battle Droid
22. Super Battle Droid
23. Chancellor Palpatine
24. Darth Sidious
25. Senate Guard
26. Taun We
27. Lama Su
29. Tusken Raider
30. Captain Typho
32. Jar Jar Binks
33. Mas Amedda
34. Orn Free Taa
35. Wat Tambor
36. Anakin Skywalker (head)
37. Obi-Wan Kenobi (head)
38. Saesee Tiin (head)
39. Plo Koon (head)
40. Kit Fisto (head)