Another ERROR? Recently issued Pacita Madrigal Gonzalez
birth centennial could possibly have the name spelled incorrectly
(again????). Doing a research on Philippine Senators, Pacita
is listed as GONZALES and not GONZALEZ as shown on the stamps.
In fact, her short bio states she was married to Atty. Gonzalo
Gonzales. Could it be possible that maybe this time, the
Philippine Senate is wrong?
FDC Cancels. We received
several complaints from local collectors in the Philippines about
the designs of official FDC cancels.
Why are they making recent cancels with such tiny dates most
collectors will need magnifying glass to read what the date is? In
fact, even with magnifying glass, one cannot be sure of the dates!
Compared with FDCs from other countries – their cancels have
Why, Oh Why????
Collectors cannot understand why the cost of the three FDC
envelopes for the recent Popular Fruits were priced at P40.00 plus
VAT each instead of the usual P8.00.
The FDC envelopes all look similar except for the fruits on
the lower left corner -
Mangoes for the
Dec. 10, Young Coconut or Buko for
Dec. 11, and, Jackfruit for Dec. 15.
None of these fruits are depicted on the stamps that
Phlpost has a new Officer-in-Charge (OIC).
Director Joel Ottara was appointed to take over former PMG
Josie dela Cruz. He will
serve as OIC until a new OIC or Postmaster General is appointed by
President Aquino or by the newly elected President of the
Take note specialists. New
definitive stamps featuring fruits popular in the Philippines printed by Perum Peruri
(Indonesia) were issued beginning December 15 (FDC cancels state
December 10, 11 & 15). This is the
first time for our stamps to be printed in Indonesia and we should
note that a new perforator, Harrow Perforator, was used. This
is a type of perforator wherein all stamps are perforated in one
stroke causing top, bottom, left & right margins to be IMPERFORATE.
News Flash!!! We
just learned that Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz filed her Certificate of
Candidacy (CoC) as a substitute for her brother, to run again as
Governor of Bulacan on December 10 (last day for filing).
She submitted a copy of her CoC and letter of resignation as
Postmaster General the same day.
A Republic Act provides that the Board of Directors of
Phlpost should convene within 48 hours of vacancy and appoint an
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) until such time as a new PMG is appointed.
N.V.M. Gonzalez issue. Recent postings in the facebook page of
NCCA (National Commission on Culture and the Arts) mentioned that
plans are being made to re-issue the NVM stamps with correct
spelling - GONZALEZ instead of Gonzales. We hope this plan
materializes. Here is the link to NCCA -
We just learned that a new design for the APEC issue will be
released in November, in time for the APEC Summit. It will now
be at 30p each, instead of 10p.
APEC issue, what happened to it?
Although a stamp bulletin was published by Phlpost regarding
this issue, slated for October 12, the stamps were put on hold even
though they have been printed and ready for issuance.
Manila is the site of the 2015 Asian-Pacific Economic
Cooperation Summit and each member economy was requested to issue a
stamp to commemorate this momentous event.
The same stamp bulletin no longer appears in Phlpost website
as of October 14.
Rumours in Manila has it that the APEC Organizing Committee, supposedly,
did not approve of the stamp design because two of the flags
featured are not State/Country flags; they are flags of member
"economies" not of member States, therefore, should have not been
included. Can we take a guess?
Is it one issue or two separate issues?
The Miguel Malvar stamps were issued September 27, 2015,
commemorating his birth centennial.
First Day cancellers for Manila and Sto. Tomas, Batangas are
both dated September 27.
The Mahaguyog Festival First Day cancellers, again for both Manila
and Sto. Tomas, Batangas are dated October 2, 2015.
Both issues are inscribed “2015-C-39” with
“1 / 2” for Malvar, and, “2 / 2”
for Mahaguyog. First Day
Cover envelopes for both issues have the same printed cachet, that
of Miguel Malvar.
According to the inscriptions, this is one issue of two different
designs. Why the
different dates on cancellers?
Shouldn’t this issue be called simply “Sto. Tomas, Batangas”?
or “Pride of Sto. Tomas, Batangas”?
I wonder what the thought process was when the Stamp
Committee discussed this particular issue??????
On the other hand, with two different issue dates, shouldn’t this be considered
as two separate issues?
According to Phlpost stamp bulletins, they are; but according
to the inscriptions on the stamps, they are not! I guess the
Stamp Committee members cannot make up their minds?????
It was brought to our attention by some enthusiastic students of
Philippine philately, that the Malvar issue is inscribed
2015-C-39 - with "C", a designation for Commemorative issues;
while the Mahaguyog issue, also designated as "C", is not a
commemorative, but rather a "Special" issue, and should have been
inscribed as "S". Another proof that these are two separate
issues??? Therefore, a separate FDC envelope should have been
issued instead of the one with Malvar's photo, same envelope used
for the Malvar FDCs. "C" and "S" designations have been used
Upon examination of the latest two issues, we noted that:
the Manuel Conde stamps were available as early as October 6,
2015 even though they were not supposed to be until October 15;
however, the Mahaguyog Festival was not issued until October
6, when they were supposed to be available October 2, 2015.
First Day Covers of both issues bear the correct dates.
Is it Gonzalez
or is it Gonzales? In 2014, the National Commission for Culture and the
Arts (NCAA) used “Gonzalez” when referring to N.V.M. Gonzalez;
however, a year later, it became “Gonzales”. Recent stamps issued
by Phlpost honoring his birth centenary used GONZALES. When
you google NVM Gonzales – only NVM Gonzalez come
up, including websites, facebook, biographies, awards, books – all
with NVM Gonzalez. Which
What follows 32? Is it 33 or is it 34? For those of us
who collect new issues of the Republic, it seems that issue #
2015-33 is missing. The Cory Aquino Paintings Series 2 is
labeled as 2015-32, but the issue following that, ASEAN
Community, is 2015-34. What happened to Issue # 33?
Serial numbering was introduced starting January 2, 2012, for the
60th anniversary of Lyceum, to allow collectors to know if they miss
Although the PEZA stamps were issued April 20, 2014, the Souvenir
Sheet for this issue was delayed due to printing problems. The
souvenir sheet was finally issued June 18, 2014, and is considered
part of the April 20 issue.
Perforations of new issues. We have examined the perforations
of some of the new issues of 2014 and 2015 and have corrected them
(based upon actual copies of stamps and souvenir sheets).
For those who want accuracies, issues involved are all of the
Jumbo-sized stamps, Special souvenir sheets for Year of the Horse &
Goat, Santo Nino and Textile souvenir sheets, 100p Fruits.
The Israel-Philippines joint issue stamps are now available for
Issued by Israel Posts in Miniature Sheets of 15 with 5 tabs.
Effective February 16, new rates for domestic registered mail went
into effect. See above listing.
“Intra” is posted from one province for delivery to the same
province; “interland” is posted from one province for delivery by
land to another province; while “interair” is posted from one
province for delivery by air to another province.
Congratulations to Phlpost for always thinking of ways
to help the public save on their postal needs.
The Stamp & Philatelic Division established in 1947 with a
three-fold task of printing & distribution of stamps and promoting
philately, no longer exists. It was recently relegated to one
division - Postshop Philately & Museum Division. This is a
link to the original establishment of the Stamp and Philatelic
Division as written by its former Chief, Teofila L. Garcia:
"The Stamp and Philatelic Division and Its Role in the Postal
More new stamps added to the 2015 program, including a third Mama
Sita issue. Check our
listing of Tentative Program.
The stamps featuring Jellyfish will use Thermal ink (another first)
The National Stamp Collecting Month issue will be self-adhesive
2015 VAT Surcharges.
Starting February 4, all philatelic items, such as Souvenir
Sheets, FDC envelopes, souvenir folders, presentation frames, etc.
will have a 12% VAT (Value Added Tax) added to the price, with only
stamps exempted. For example, the Pope Visit B/4 is still P40 (no VAT) but the P200
Coinage SS will now be P224 (P200 + P24 for the 12% VAT added). For
the B/4 FDC, it will now be P48.96 (P40 for the B/4 stamps plus P8
for the envelope + P0.96 for the 12% VAT on the envelope). For the
Coinage SS FDC, it will now be P336 (P200 plus P24 for the 12% VAT
on the SS, plus P100 + P12 for the 12% VAT on the envelope).
All previously issued Souvenir Sheets and FDC envelopes that
are still available for sale will be levied the same 12% VAT
Pope Francis Coinage issue featured in Linn's Stamp News Digital
Edition (January 26) under the title "Pope Francis stamps popular in
the Philippines" by Denise McCarty.
Click to link to the article.