Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Pedro Calungsod Canonization Post Card

Cebu Stamp Club came out with the  Limited Edition Pedro Calungsod Canonization Postcard to coincide with the opening of the Cebu Stamp Club @ 15 Anniversary Culmination Events held on December 28, 2012.

The postcard's design features Cebu's first saint, Pedro Calungsod with the Saint Peter's Basilica as the backdrop. The P9 stamp of the Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod released by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) on October 21, 2012 is placed on the upper right corner of the card. The back portion shows the official cancellation of the events.

Mandaue City Executives and CSCI Officers @ The Ching Palace

Last night was such a wonderful evening for me and Charles Mark Uybengkee, Cebu Stamp Club's Board of Trustee together with Dr. Anna Catherine Mae Bayani, Ezekiel Bayani, Debbie Uy, Duchess Uybengkee and Jerald Kervin Uy as we got invited to a 10-course dinner by the family of Donna Yu Tarriman at The Ching Palace.

There we got the chance to have a casual chat with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede who were also invited by the host. The mayor and the vice mayor are dynamic leaders who have steered the city towards prosperity and development.

Shown in the photo above are Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede, Charles Mark Uybengkee, Mayor Jonas Cortes and yours truly.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cebu Stamp Club @ 15 Anniversary Culmination Events

Cebu Stamp Club culminated its 15th anniversary celebration with twin events on December 28, 2012 with Australia 2013 World Stamp Exhibition Commissioner General David Figg coming over as the club's honored guest.

The Pedro Calungsod (John Paul II Celebration Exhibit 2012) was launched at the Cebu City Museum @ 10:00 AM. Immediately thereafter, Cebu Stamp Club members with Mr. David Figg and wife Dianne proceeded to El Jardin Function Room at Montebello Villa Hotel at 12:00 noon for the Anniversary Culmination Grand Party.

On January 21 - 25, 2013, the Pedro Calungsod (John Paul II Celebration Exhibit Tour 2013) will be launched at the Active Zone Atrium of Ayala Center Cebu and will officially end the event.
Thanks David and Dianne Figg as well as the members of Cebu Stamp Club and the sponsors for making this celebration a very memorable one. 

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Himlayang Pilipino's Christmas Party 2012

It's December and the Christmas fever is at its peak here in the Philippines. Parties, events, gift-givings, Christmas sales and giveaways, and Christmas decors are all over. 

This year, Himlayang Pilipino decided to hold its Christmas party at Montebello Villa Hotel on December 15 with me and my son Jerald Kervin as among those invited for the occasion.

It was a fun-filled event where all of us went home with cash and gifts. I was even lucky to come home with a brand new stand fan!

Thank you Himlayang Pilipino..

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cebu City's CHAC Approves Exhibit

I got a call last week from the Cebu City Government's Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) asking for my attendance for the December 14, 2012 meeting with the commissioners regarding my proposal to hold the Pedro Calungsod (John Paul II Celebration Exhibit 2012) on December 28 at the city's museum.

On the day of the meeting, the commissioners were in full attendance led by Cebu City Vice Mayor Joy Young who is also the chairman. I presented the concept of the exhibit to the body who were all very excited. Immediately thereafter, I got the full approval from all the commissioners.

It's official, the Pedro Calungsod (John Paul II Celebration Exhibit 2012) opens on December 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Cebu City Museum and coincides with the Anniversary Culmination Party at 12:00 noon at the El Jardin of Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City Philippines. Both events are part of Cebu Stamp Club @ 15 Anniversary Culmination Event.

Thanks to all the CHAC commissioners and staff..

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2013 Year of the Snake

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) released the NEW  YEAR 2013 “Year of the Snake” special stamps on December 12, 2012. The stamps are valued at P10 and P30 and an P80 souvenir sheet completes the set.

The P10 stamp designed by Diane M. Hontomin, OJT,TUP carries a close up stylized version of a snake while the P30 stamp by Jeanelyn L. Marquina,OJT, TUP shows a full body stylized version of a snake. The lay out is done by Victorino Serevo.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company, 75 Years

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) came out with a commemorative stamp issue on December 7, 2012 featuring Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company's 75th Anniversary.

Both stamps are valued at P7 with Linda P. Castillo, LCMC as the design coordinator and Victorino Serevo as layout artist.
The first stamp depicts reforestation led by LCMC while the second stamp shows underground mining with photos provided by LCMC.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Philippine Folklores and Legends: Bernadro Carpio

The latest series on Philippine Folklores and Legends featuring Bernardo Carpio was issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) on November 28, 2012.

This 7P stamp's lay out was done by Victorino Serevo while Nemi Miranda did the design.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pasko 2012

Pasko 2012, an annual stamp issue celebrating Christmas was released by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) on November 20, 2012.

This year's  10P se-tenant pair carry popular Christmas scenes featuring “Simbang Gabi” or “Dawn Mass” and the “Belen” or Nativity Scene.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod

To celebrate the sainthood of Cebu's first saint and the Philippines' second, the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) issued the Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod stamp on October 21, 2012.

This P9 stamp on stamp issue combines the design of the P5 Pedro Calungsod stamp released in the year 2000 highlighting his beatification, and the design from the souvenir sheet of the same issue depicting Marianas Island, the place of mission of the Cebuano martyr. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Manila Hotel, 100 Years

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) came out with a commemorative issue highlighting Manila Hotel's 100th Anniversary.

The P7 se-tenant block of 4 stamps designed by Rogelio Geronimo of the PR and Corporate Communications of Manila Hotel carry the following designs:

Stamp # 1 - Facade of Manila Hotel
Stamp # 2 - Maynila Ballroom
Stamp # 3 - MacArthur Suite
Stamp # 4 - Grand Lobby

Martha Herrera of Manila Hotel and Elenita D.L. San Diego acted as design coordinators.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Philippine Folklores and Legends: Amihan

A new definitive stamp featuring Amihan was issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) on September 28, 2012 for the Philippine Folklores and Legends series.

The P7 stamp has for its design the goddess Amihan who is the personification of the Northeast Wind. She is often represented as a beautiful, long-haired woman who brings cool breezes and safety to fishermen and seafarers, as long as they please her with their good hearts.

Nemi Miranda Jr., NCCA did the stamp's design while the layout was by Victor Serevo.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Philippine Presidents Collection

I love to collect philatelic items featuring the Philippine Presidents.

As a way of sharing the complete images of the country's chief executives, I decided to come out with a new site for stamp lovers who collect the subject.

Just click on the link to jump..

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

The whole world remembers today the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

The sheetlet featured here was issued by Grenada on October 26, 2011 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the World Trade Center Bombings..

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Mama Mary!

Here's the world's first stamp that featured the Blessed Virgin Mary. This was issued in Bavaria on February 14, 1920. Happy birthday Mama Mary and thanks for always being there for me in my life! 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Farewell Neil Armstrong, (August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012)

When I was a kid studying at Sacred Heart School for Boys, whenever I was asked by my teachers in class what I would like to become when I grow up, I can still recall myself answering that "I want to be an Astronaut!"

I was so amazed and mesmerized when I first saw the footage of Neil Armstong as he took his first step on the moon's surface. Up to this day, I consider him my idol.

Farewell US Astronaut Neil Armstrong. May you be safe in God's hands. 

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cebu Stamp Club's August 2012 Stamp Meetup

It's Eyan Yu's birthday so the group decided to visit him to hold a meetup in his house. We usually meet on a Sunday but this was one of those exceptions.

More photos here..

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fernando Poe Jr. (National Artist for Cinema)

It's official! Fernando Poe Jr. popularly known as Da King or FPJ was formally conferred the National Artist for Cinema post humous award on August 16, 2012 by President Benigno "Noynoy" S. Aquino III.
View the stamps here...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cebu Stamp Club's July 2012 Stamp Meeup

Unmindful of the typhoon weather, some Cebu Stamp Club members came for the July 2012 meeting held at the 2nd floor of McDonald's Jones. We appreciate the effort of those who came despite the very bad weather.

Check out the photos here..

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's Dr. Jose Rizal's Birthday!

Today is the Philippines' national hero's birthday, Happy birthday Dr. Jose Rizal! 

In my own little way, I always make it a point to pay tribute to this great Filipino through my stamps. Through Cebu Stamp Club, exhibits were held in different venues here in Cebu featuring my Rizal and Rizaliana philatelic collections.

Featured above is a replica of the Rizal monument I purchased from a local bookstore. I just placed two stamps featuring Jose Rizal that were issued during the American period in the Philippines.    

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Philippines First Day Cover Album Pages (January - Aprl)

I am glad that it's a holiday today being Labor Day. This enabled me to have the time I needed  to make the album pages for my 2012 Official First Day Covers from January to April released by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost).

The fdc pages are printed in A4 high gloss waterproof photo paper and printed using a desktop printer. After mounting the fdcs, I then inserted the pages on a clear book album.

This personalized album beautifully features the artistic cachets of the covers as well as the stamps, souvenir sheets and first day of issue cancellations.

The January to April official fdc issues highlight the following: 60th Year of the Lyceum University of the Philippines, the Centennial of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Malolos, 75th Anniversary of Davao City, the Centennial of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, 100th Anniversary of the St. Agnes Academy of Legazpi City, Philippine Folklore Heroes and Heroines Featuring Maria Makiling, 50th Year of the Asia Pacific Postal Union, and the 20th Anniversary of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost).     


James Bond 007 @ 50

Royal Mail has come up on May 1, 2012 with a special limited edition commemorative sheet that highlights the 50th anniversary of the James Bond 007 series.

Bond fans were given the opportunity to vote for the 10 iconic Bond movie posters from the 22 Bond movies that will be featured in the sheet. 

The poster art is used on ten stamp labels, alongside ten Union Flag stamps. The sheet is beautifully presented in an attractive ‘golden’ anniversary pack, with a backing card carrying stills from all the Bond films featured, as well as a précis of each plot, dates of release and the names of the main characters and who played them.

The featured films are Casino Royale, From Russia with Love, Dr No, For Your Eyes Only, Goldeneye, Goldfinger, The Living Daylights, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Canada's Titanic Stamps

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic which hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic that claimed 1,500 lives. The Titanic was almost 280 meters (883 feet) in length and was the largest passenger steamship in the world at that time. 
To commemorate this famous maritime disaster, Canada Post issued on April 5, 2012 stamps depicting various parts of the titanic created by designers Dennis Page and Oliver Hill of Halifax.

The RMS Titanic's enormous bow and two front anchors appear in the center of the first pair of the stamps. Southampton (England), the place were the Titanic's maiden voyage began is shown. On the left is Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) which became the center of recovery efforts after the ship sank.

The second stamp pair shows the 3 propellers that were located at the rear of the ship—2 larger outer propellers and a smaller center propeller. At the bottom of each stamp sits the House Flag of the White Star Line, the owner of the Titanic. This iconic red flag flew from the Titanic's main mast and was also displayed on her tickets, cutlery and furniture.
A fifth stamp shows the Titanic at sea between Southampton and Halifax. Cape Race, N.L., is highlighted because its radio station was the first land-based site to receive the ill-fated ship's distress signal. Halifax played a major role in the Titanic story when the city's cable ships were dispatched to pick up bodies from the Atlantic in the days after the accident. 150 people whose bodies were recovered were laid to rest in the city's three cemeteries.

A Souvenir Sheet features the international rate stamp, which depicts a full color side illustration of the Titanic.

Included in this year's centennial activities is the re-release of James Cameron's Titanic movie in 3D.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Eight Churches in a Day

Earlier today, me and my son Jerald Kervin decided to embark in our first ever visita iglesias that would involve eight churches in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue. Excited and determined to be able to fulfill our mission, we left at almost 11:00 in the morning bringing along some chocolate fudge bars and lots of water.

We both agreed to offer five Our Father, five Hail Mary, and five Glory Be along with
a thanksgiving prayer as well as intentions for our family and for the departed souls of our relatives and the poor souls in purgatory.

The churches we went were the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, the Santo Rosario Parish and the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Feeling hungry at this time, we decided to have lunch at a Jollibee Restaurant where we ordered fried bangus (milk fish) with fresh tomatoes, rice, coke sodas and french fries. We stuck with Church tradition to refrain from eating beef, pork and chicken meat from Thursday till Saturday.

We then proceeded to Redemptorist Church while having some potato chips and chocolate drinks along the way. After our prayers at the said church and with the scorching heat of the sun, we decided to have some ice cream bars at a nearby Julie's outlet. Mine was Rocky Road while Kervin got his favorite Double Duch. Our next stop was the St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish, the last church in our list located in Cebu City.

The next itinerary were the two churches in Mandaue City. We arrived at the National Shrine of St. Joseph where we were just in time for the general absolution ceremony. The last church we went was the San Roque Parish. After our prayers were done and some souvenir poses, we both agreed to go home where we arrived at exactly 5 pm.

Both of us never thought this would be a great bonding and a fulfilling experience but it truly was! At this early, we have promised to make this a family tradition.         

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Time to Reflect on the Passion of Christ

It is the season of Lent once again. With 90% of Filipinos practicing the Roman Catholic faith, it is not surprising to see closed signs in most malls, business establishments and offices in the country as everyone take the time to observe the Holy Week.

Traditionally, Holy Thursday and Good Friday are always declared public holidays.On Holy Thursday, churches will be filled with people making confessions and doing the stations of the cross as well as the visita iglesias (visiting different churches).

As we reflect on the passion of Christ, i wish you all a blessed Holy Week!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's the Anniversary of The Battle of Tres de Abril

In May of 2007, I came out with an idea to come up with a stamp that will highlight the historic battle of Tres de Abril. Together with Patricia "Noeng" Perez, the Community Affairs Officer IV of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) of the City of Cebu, we started to make this concept into a reality. Noeng who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated gave her full support to the project.

Fabiolita Ferraris, another  member of Cebu Stamp Club happened to be the regional manager of the Philippine Postal Corporation Region 7. She was the link between CSCI with CHAC and the Philpost Stamp Advisory Committee. It was through her efforts that there was a smooth flow of communication between all parties involved. Later on, the Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee, Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak who is also a member of Cebu Stamp Club gave his full support too.

The Cebu City Council came out City Council Resolution 3258 during the regular session held at the Sangguniang Panglungsod on June 2, 1997. On June 13. 1997, the city mayor at that time, Hon. Alvin Garcia affixed his signature.

To complete everything, famous Cebuano artist Jose "Kimsoy" Yap was tasked to do the artwork of the famous battle scene. Kimsoy wasted no time in recreating the scene and donated the masterpiece.

On June 12, 1998, the Battle of Tres de Abril became an official stamp as part of the Centenary of Philippine Independence series 6 souvenir sheet.      

I have written the full history on how the stamp came to be, through my weekly column Stamplines in the Freeman newspaper in 1998. A reproduction of the said article is posted at Cebu Stamp Club's official website. You may read the whole story by clicking here


The top most photo features Jose "Kimsoy" Yap with his masterpiece. Seated beside him are Philpost Regional Director Fabiolita Ferraris and CSCI Founder and President, Richard Allan Uy. Standing from left are CSCI Executives Maria Luisa Potian, Rachel Betos, Teresita Caballero, Patricia Perez, Beeling Yap and Erwin Allan Orosco.

Also shown is the Battle of Tres de Abril painting done by Kimsoy Yap. The stamps included are that of the Tres de Abril battle and Pantaleon Villegas, the leader of the Cebuano Revolutionaries.

The Centenary of Philippine Independence Series 6 souvenir sheet that includes the stamps of the Tres de Abril Uprising, the Negros Uprising, the Iligan Uprising and the Philippine Centennial Kalayaan logo.