Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Created in 1979, the Mercantour National Park is one of ten national parks in France. Over 800,000 visitors each year come to the park to visit its villages and enjoy the 600 km of marked footpaths.
The Park is rich with flora and fauna and has beautiful mountain streams and lakes set in the valleys of 3000m-high mountains. A hike through the Vallée des Merveilles reveals 100,000 bronze-age rock engravings.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
We were expecting only six members who had earlier confirmed but the number doubled when I fetched them at SM City Cebu. The group were advised earlier to converge in front of National Bookstore and Bo's Coffee Club at the said mall so it would be easier for me to bring them to the stamp meetup place.
Edmund Gruenbaum, Kenneth and Gina Turner, Richard Guimbarda, Sharee Ann Trapa, Dina Potolin with her daughter, Janice Benolerao, Janus Bariñan, Eyan Yu, Aileen Liwat and her son all arrived at SM City Cebu before 2pm. Three cars on convoy took us to the meetup place.
The meeting was filled with stamp exchanges, stamp and philatelic bulletin freebies, and stamp info sharings. CSCI member David Mario Blair Taylor who went back to the United Kingdom in February sent in lots of Philippine stamps that were distributed to all those in attendance.
Australian Kenneth Turner also brought along lots of stamps which were also shared to everyone. Philippine Philatelic Bulletins that arrived a week earlier from the Philippine Postal Corporation's Postal Museum and Philatelic Library were also given to the members. Julie, my better half prepared sandwiches, pastries and soda to the group.
Edmund Gruenbaum announced to everyone that he is hosting the May 2010 stamp meetup in a beach resthouse in Alcoy. This beautiful town is a 2-hour ride from Cebu City and has tourist attractions that include white beaches, coves and inlets, barrier and coral reefs, mangrove forests, verdant hills and valleys, towering mountains, and fertile farmlands in the highlands.
It's going to be a two-day meetup as Cebu Stamp Club members take the time to enjoy not only stamps but also mother nature.
Thanks to David Taylor, Ken Turner, Julie Uy and Nena of the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library for making the April 2010 Stamp Meetup a success. Thanks too to all those who came and to Sharee Ann Trapa who provided me with the photos.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- Recyle the bottles of the bottled water that you bought
- Try replacing old incandescent bulbs to the energy saver CFL's (compact flourescent bulbs)
- Turn off the water while brushing the teeth or shaving
- A compost pile is very helpful in your backyard
- Use microwave to cook food or reheat leftovers
- Use the shower instead of filling the tub
- Wash only full loads when using the dishwasher or the washing machine
- Use a broom not a hose when cleaning the decks, sidewalks and porches
- Try to use the public transport system
- Start walking or use a bike when going to short distances
- Always remember that every time we ride a car, we add up to the air pollution
- Insulate your homes, windows and water pipes
- Leaks must always be repaired
- Use containers to collect rain water and use it to flush the toilet or water the plants
- Join in community recyling activities and programs
- Plant trees
- Avoid using plastic bags
- Make it a point to use eco-friendly products such as recycled paper and rechargeable batteries
If we all do our share in protecting our Earth, I believe that we could build a better place for us and for the future generations.
The Earth Day stamp shown in today's post was released in China on April 22, 2005.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Erap's birthday wish is a "clean and victory for him and his party in the upcoming elections."
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
These l44-cent First-Class Mail stamps consist of 10 designs of highly detailed flag portraits done by artist Tom Engeman of Bethany Beach, DE, working under the direction of stamp designer Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, VA.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Canada Post issues on April 14, 2010 an International rate commemorative stamp featuring 60 years of friendship between Canada and Israel.
Israel and Canada established diplomatic relations sixty years ago on May 11, 1949 that helped build a fruitful cooperation. The two countries have stood by each other and continued to strengthen their commitment as partners and friends in many fields that include commerce, science and technology, culture, education, trade, and public safety.
The stamp celebrates Canada’s strong bilateral relationship with Israel—a friendship that spans six decades and is marked by shared values, common interests, and strong political, economic, cultural and social ties.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Presented as a block of ten special stamps featuring natural portraits, these beautiful stamps comprise the fourth part of the continuing Action for Species series.
The stamps highlight ten of United Kingdom's most engaging but endangered indigenous mammals such as the sperm whale, humpback whale, dormouse, brown long-eared bat, greater horseshoe bat, otter, wildcat, polecat, hedgehog and water vole.
Friday, April 9, 2010
A national holiday, we Filipinos commemorate the Fall of Bataan during World War II and give tribute to the 76,000 American and Filipino men and women who stood up against the Japanese invaders on April 9, 1942.
Above are Japanese Occupation stamps celebrating the Japanese victory over the Allied forces in Bataan. The first stamp was surcharged in black and issued on May 18, 1942. The next stamp was released on May 7, 1943 on 2-cents and 5-cents.
After the war, the then Postal Services Office which is now the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) came out with stamps commemorating the Fall of Bataan issued on April 9, 1982.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Mary MacKillop (15 January 1842 - 8 August 1909), popularly known as Mother Mary of the Cross is the first Australian to become a saint. Her canonisation ceremony takes place in the Vatican on October 17, 2010 with different services to be held across Australia to commemorate the event.
Australia Post releases on April 6, 2010 a postage-paid envelope featuring Mary MacKillop. The design was done by Adam Crapp.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Years ago, I wrote an article about the Cebuanos' victory in my column in the Freeman Newspaper. You can read the story about the Tres de Abril Uprising in Cebu Stamp Club's website by clicking here.
In 1998, Cebu celebrated the 100 years of the historic battle. It was also in that year that I came out with the idea of coming out with a stamp featuring the Tres de Abril uprising.
Together with the support of Cebu Stamp Club executives, Philpost officials and the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission, the idea became a reality. Cebuano artist Jose "Kimsoy" Yap was chosen to do the painting.
On June 12, 1998, the Philippine Postal Corporation issued the Centenary of Philippine Independence Series 6 Souvenir Sheet which included the Tres de Abril Uprising.
The Cebu City Government together with Cebu Stamp Club unveiled the stamp on August 30, 1998 to coincide with the city's National Heroes Day celebration.
The Tres de Abril stamp is Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated's legacy to the Cebuanos.
In the picture are CSCI Founding President Richard Allan Uy with Philpost 7 Regional Manager and CSCI member Fabiolita Ferraris together with Jose "Kimsoy" Yap Jr. Standing from left are CSCI Executives, Maria Luisa Potian, Rachel Betos, Teresita Caballero, Patricia "Noeng" Perez, Beeling Yap, and Erwin Allan Orosco.