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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PHLPost Celebrates National Stamp Collecting Month with Exhibit of Papal Postage Stamps

We visited an on-going exhibit at the PHLPost main office in celebration of the National Stamp Collecting Month.  The exhibit named "Papal Visits Stamps"  features postage stamps memorabilia issued by PHLPost during the apostolic visits of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Pope Francis from 1970 up to 2015.



Each of the visits has its own display featuring the stamps issued during the occasion.  The panels also provided information about the apostolic visits.  It's a good lesson for kids interested in stamp collection as well as the country's religious history.  For those like me who experienced the Papal visits, it was a nice experience to look back at those days.  





The 1995 visit by then Pope John Paul II was specially memorable for me because I participated in the World Youth Day celebrations.  



   



The PHLPost also used the occasion to give the public a preview of the stamps that it will issue to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis in January.  This exhibit runs at the Manila Central Post Office from November 10 to 14. It will also be held at the Manila Cathedral (November 17 to 21) and the University of Santos Tomas (November 24 to 28) before going to Cebu and Davao.




The celebration is mandated by Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, declaring the month of November as National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM). with this year’s celebration carrying the theme “PHLPost: Going Beyond Tradition.”



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