Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The stamp designs focused on the Nativity scene.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Transportation plays an important role for the United Nations in its efforts to maintain its peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. United Nations transport vehicles are critical for deploying UN personnel to peacekeeping missions, shipping large amounts of food to meet emergency needs, supplying emergency medical supplies and transporting other cargo and equipment to the field missions throughout the world.
The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security. The Department's mission is to plan, prepare, manage and direct UN peacekeeping operations using all forms of transport, whether by land, sea or air.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The first Officers and Board of Trustees were elected on that day. Back then, we used to meet every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
We came out with our first stamp exhibit, "The Rizal Martyrdom Centennial Stamp Exhibition" on December 18 - 31, 1996 at the Cebu City Museum to commemorate the 100th martyrdom of Filipino National hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
Since that day, Cebu Stamp Club has been very active in promoting philately in Cebu. Happy anniversary CSCI!
Shown above are Cebu Stamp Club members during the Rizal exhibit in 1996.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The club is composed of Dumaguete-based Cebu Stamp Club members Gary Rosales, Aidalyn Arabe, Allan Bennett Uy Matiao, Richard Rausher and Penn Larena who all took the initiative of coming out with a stamp club of their own.
I had to leave for Dumaguete City early Saturday morning to attend the 4:00 PM opening of the exhibit. The club invited me to be their guest speaker.
During the event, I got to meet again Arlene Uypitching, an avid stamp collector who is also a Silliman University Cultural Affairs committee member. I was also introduced to Lito Diago and Milfred Ong, who are members of the DSCC.
The last time I was in Silliman University was in August 28, 2008 when Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated opened the Selyo at Kasaysayan stamp exhibit which featured Philippine heroes.
Gary, the club's president along with his members billeted me at a very cozy hotel and took me to a group dinner at Casablanca, a new restaurant in the city. There we get to talk about stamps and shared to them lots of tips.
To the members of the Dumaguete Stamp Collectors Club, I salute you all for a very successful philatelic event!
The first photo features Penn Larena, Gary Rosales and yours truly. Second shows the officers of the Dumaguete Stamp Collectors Club with me after dinner at Casablanca.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Whenever a film stars FPJ, it was always expected to be a box office sensation. I can still remember our jam-packed movie houses whenever an FPJ movie was shown. I for one am a fan!
During the peak of his career, there was a common story in Mindanao that when a villain succeeded in hurting FPJ, the screen just literally got peppered with bullets by the moviegoers. These incidents prompted film producers and directors to make it a point not to kill him in his movies to avoid similar incidents.
FPJ always played hero in his films who fought for the common man. This won for him the respect and admiration of the Filipinos. He was also famous for immortalizing Ang Panday, a comic book character by Carlo J. Caparas.
Fernando Poe Jr. ran an unsuccessful bid for the presidency against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the 2004 Philippine Presidential elections. A few months later on December 14, 2004, he passed away due to cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure.
On May 24, 2006 he was honored as Philippine National Artist through Philippine Proclamation No. 1065.
Featured above are the Panday movies of FPJ. Below it is a souvenir sheet released by Philpost on November 17, 2008 the highlights Carlo J. Caparas' komics super hero Panday.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) is the rarest endemic seabird on Christmas Island, listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Considerable areas of the frigatebird's former breeding habitat have been cleared, and its current breeding areas are now threatened by the invasive Crazy Ant and pollution from past phosphate mining.
Australia Post comes out with this issue on August 17, 2010 with denominations of 2 x 60c and 2 x $1.80.
Evidence of the original colony was uncovered in 1995, during a survey led by the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation’s chief archaeologist William Gilbert. Since then, five early-17th century structures (some of the oldest European buildings in North America) and more than 145,000 artifacts have been unearthed.
This August, Canada Post will celebrate the 400th anniversary of this historic settlement with a commemorative stamp. The stamp features a portion of a 17th century map of the Avalon Peninsula, compiled by John Mason (1586 – 1635). It’s the first English map of Newfoundland produced from first-hand observation and the first to show Cupids’ location. The stamp comes out on August 17, 2010.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown extended a formal invitation to the current Pope and the trip is the first official state visit by a pontiff, as that of John Paul II was on a pastoral basis and did not follow an official invitation by the UK government
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
World-class standard hotels are available in special prices for all visitor attendance at only 5 minutes distance from the venue and in the middle of shopping arcades.
- To publicize the evolution of Thai postage stamps and encourage activities on stamp collecting to propagate and expand into the Asian region countries.
- To publicize and display postage stamps from the Asian regions.
- To publicize and display competing postage stamps from collectors and make sales distribution.
- To display an Exhibition of the Royal family, the King and Queen of Thailand on the auspicious occasion of their 60th year Wedding Anniversary.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
On 20 August 1860, the Burke and Wills expedition left Melbourne for the Gulf of Carpentaria. The explorers hoped to be the first Europeans to cross Australia from the south to the north.
While the explorers reached the Gulf, the expedition ended in tragedy. Physically exhausted from their journey, they hoped to find William Brahe and much needed help and supplies at Cooper's Creek. Their expectations were dashed when they learned that Brahe had left Cooper's Creek only hours before their arrival. Burke, Wills and King then set off towards Mt Hopeless, in South Australia.
Despite offers of help from local Aboriginal people, Burke and Wills died on Cooper's Creek in June 1861. The only person to survive was John King, who was found in September by a search party sent from Melbourne.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
The stamps are valued at P 7.00 and P 40.00 and relive President Aquino's historical inaugural speech and oathtaking last June 30, 2010 at the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park.
The issuance of the stamps coincides with the first State of the Nation address of the Philippine President.
On June 2010 the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne resolved to repudiate the charges of doping against Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan and to return to them the silver and bronze medals won at the Olympiad in Beijing.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Photo above features the first quarter issues of those stamps, souvenir sheets and commemorative cover. Among the items worth collecting is the Cory Aquino Birth Anniversary Commemorative Cover released on January 25, 2010.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Issued on July 19, 2010, all 10 designs can be used as traditional postage stamps, and all but the Southern Cross designs can be used as Personalised Stamps™ .
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Australia's tropical and subtropical waters support an astounding range of marine life, particularly in the reef areas. The largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef spans more than 2,000 kilometres of our north-eastern coast. This area alone is home to an estimated 1,500 species of fishes, up to 8,000 species of molluscs and 360 species of corals. Fishes are an important part of reef ecology and the eight fish species in this stamp issue occupy the waters of Great Barrier Reef. Several are also found around reefs off northern and Western Australia.
As the world celebrates this milestone, it is recognized that throughout its 65-year history the United Nations has played an integral part in shaping global events through its humanitarian and peacekeeping activities.
Cape Tribulation, in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in northern Queensland, is in one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. The Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of this area.
In the east of Esperance in Cape Le Grand is Hellfire Bay, one of Western Australia's best known and most spectacular national parks.