Friday, November 27, 2009

The 2009 Christmas Issue

As the yuletide season approaches, postal administrations all over the world are in a rush in coming out with their versions of Christmas inspired stamps.

Christmas is portrayed on stamps featuring Santa Claus, the Nativity scene, Angels, the Christmas Star, gifts, the Christmas Tree, the Madonna and Child, children caroling, and a lot more.

Collecting Christmas on stamps is considered as one of the world's most loved collecting interest.

The Philippines being a predominantly Catholic country has been coming out with Christmas stamps since December 1, 1967.

To celebrate this year's Christmas season, the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) released on November 18, 2009 the "Pasko 2009: Filipino Christmas Carol, Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit" stamps valued at P7.00 each.

The design of the stamps feature scenarios of the season highlighting the birth of the Child Jesus, with the lyrics of Filipino Christmas Carol, “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” composed by National Artist Levi Celerio.

“Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” is a traditional Filipino Christmas song originally composed in Cebuano by Vicente D. Rubi and Mariano Vestil in 1933 as Kasadya ning T√°knaa.

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