Friday, July 30, 2010

2010 Philippine Philatelic and Stamp Issues (2nd Quarter)

Here's the second installment of Philippine philatelic and stamp issues released by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cebu Stamp Club's CSCI Newsletter July 2010 Issue

The CSCI Newsletter July 2010 issue of Cebu Stamp Club comes up with very interesting articles for those who collect stamps.

Now on its sixth year, the e-newsletter is given for free to Cebu Stamp Club members.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III FDC

Here's the official first day cover of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) on July 26, 2010.

This completes the tradition of the Philippine postal administration to release stamps and fdcs of Philippine presidents featuring their inaugurals.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Australian Tax Office Centenary

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) celebrates its 100th year in 2010 and Australia Post has issued a commemorative stamp to mark this historic occasion.

Released today, the ATO stamp is issued on a 60c denomination.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

President Benigno S. Aquino III Stamps

Finally it's going to be out in two days! The President Benigno S. Aquino III stamps will be released on July 26, 2010 by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost).

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.

Prize Winners of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing

On July 24, 2010 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus issues a souvenir sheet highlighting the “Prize winners of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing”. The souvenir sheet is designed by Aleksey Nikolaevaskiy.

The games of the XXIX Olympiad were held in Beijing, China on August 8-24, 2008 with Belarus coming up with 181 athletes who took part in 26 events.

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.
After the Court resolution the Belarus team took the 15th place among 204 countries that participated in the Games. 30 Belarus athletes won 19 medals: 4 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Medal Winners at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver

Belarus will issue 3 stamps featuring “Medal winners at XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver” on July 23, 2010.

According to the results of the XXI Olympic Winter Games 2010, Belarus team took the 17th place. Three of Belarus' sportsmen were on the podium.

The biathlete Darya Domracheva won the bronze medal in the Women’s 15 Kilometre individual race, Sergei Novikov got the silver medal and was the best among Belarus biathletes in the individual race while the freestyler Aleksei Grishin became the Olympic champion.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

2010 Philippine Stamp and Philatelic Issues (First Quarter)

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) comes out with exciting philatelic items and stamps for 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

Australia's For Special Occasions Stamps

For just over a decade Australia Post has regularly released its popular Special Occasions stamp series, the purpose of which is to provide postage stamps for mail relating to specific events and celebrations. Some of the designs in this year's issue are occasion-specific, such as those marking a wedding or the birth of a baby; others, such as the tulip and the balloon designs, can be used for a broader range of occasions. While some stamps are best suited for personal occasions, others, such as the Southern Cross and the wattle stamps, have been designed with the needs of community and business organisations in mind.

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

HongKongs' Biodiversity Stamps

The United Nations declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity to promote the awareness of ecological balance.

In response to this meaningful endeavour, Hongkong Post dedicates this edition to living creatures inhabiting Hong Kong with a set of 4 stamps displaying images of species endemic to Hong Kong.

Irish Fashion Designers

On 15 July, 2010, An Post issued six stamps to honour contemporary Irish Fashion Designers who work under their own name and with their own label, and who have both a national and international reputation.

The designers celebrated are Paul Costelloe, Louise Kennedy, Lainey Keogh, John Rocha, Philip Treacy and Orla Kiely.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Philpost Comes Up With LRTA Stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) issues today the commemorative stamps for the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) with the theme “TRENta Anyos, Serbisyong Ayos”.

The Php 7.00 stamps depict the different trains used by the (LRTA) through the years. Another philatelic item worth to collect is the Php 40.00 souvenir sheet showing in a strip of four, featuring all four trains.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Girl Guides of Canada

Through an endless variety of fun-filled activities, the Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) provides girls with opportunities to develop valuable life skills, become self-reliant, build friendships, and develop a sense of well-being and self-worth.

This stamp issue scheduled for release on July 8, 2010 commemorates 100 years of the Girl Guides and Canada. The stamp was designed by Adams+Associates Design Consultants in Toronto.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Zealand's 2010 Children's Health - Butterflies

Of all the people in our society, our children are surely among the most deserving of unconditional love, unstinting support and opportunities to reach their true potential.

Te Puna Whaiora - the New Zealand Foundation for Child and Family Health and Development - specialises in helping at-risk children aged five to 12 to overcome barriers to healthy lifestyles.

New Zealand Post once again supports its work, with three beautifully illustrated 'butterfly' stamps issued on July 7, 2010 - each with a 10-cent surcharge that goes to support Te Puna Whaiora's seven Children's Health Camps.

This 81st annual Children's Health stamp issue recognises that, like the butterfly, our most vulnerable children sometimes need wings to fly.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Canada's Roadside Attractions

Canada Post comes up on July 5, 2010 the latest Roadside Attraction series.

The new series includes: a 7.3 metre-tall coffee pot in Davidson, Saskatchewan; a giant Happy Rock in Gladstone, Manitoba, an enormous Atlantic Puffin in Longue-Point-de-Mingan, Quebec; and huge large steel Wawa Goose in Wawa, Ontario.

The stamps feature traditional oil paintings by Nova Scotia artist Bonnie Ross. Featured above is the Roadside Attaction souvenir sheet.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Finally Got My Noynoy Aquino Commemorative Covers

During the inauguration day of President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III last June 30, 2010, I was glad to learn that the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) came out with a limited edition commemorative cover issued on the same day. (Read my previous blog on June 30, 2010 that tells more about this cover.)

A friend in Manila informed me that only 2000 pieces were printed. He further added that postal tellers went to the inauguration site and sold 1500 pieces of the cover so that only 500 covers are left for collectors and dealers.

Lucky me, I was among those who got 2 covers with serial numbers 0690 and 0691 respectively.

Philpost sold the covers randomly unmindful of the number sequence. The stamps used on the covers were the last remaining se-tenant pair of the Cory Aquino Memorial Issue released on September 18, 2009. These were cut and placed on individual covers. That makes two covers to collect to complete the set.

As of this writing, I am eagerly waiting for the stamps that will be issued featuring Noynoy's inauguration. Philpost said that it will come out this month as It is always the tradition of the postal service that they come out with these stamps.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Philippine Presidents Stamp and Photo Exhibit

An upcoming exhibit that Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated will undertake in September this year is "The Philippine Presidents: A Stamp and Photo Exhibit" which is going to be held in one of the malls here in Cebu City.

Taken from my collections, this exhibit will highlight the stamps and first day covers of all Philippine Presidents from Emilio Aguinaldo to Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Also featured in this exhibit is a collection featuring Philippine History which will include stamps from the Spanish Dominion, American Regime, Commonwealth Period, Japanese Occupation, and the Republic Issues.

Email if you would like to be a sponsor of this event.

The Philippine Presidents on stamps website will be fully updated with a new page featuring Noynoy and his stamps and will be relaunched on the opening day of the exhibit.

Art Canada, Prudence Heward

Canada Post's July 2, 2010 Art Canada series features two masterpieces created by painter Prudence Heward.

Montréal-born Heward (1896-1947) broke popular artistic trends and gender conventions, gaining unusual distinction as a representational figure painter.

Well aware of women’s then-marginal place in the art world, Heward’s works examine and redefine the female artist.

Despite her short life, Prudence Heward’s influence on Canadian art was substantial. She was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society, served on the executive of the avant-garde Atelier group, and was the most well-recognized and acclaimed member of the famous Beaver Hall Group.

The paintings featured on the stamps are: At the Theatre (1928) and Rollande (1929).