Old churches featured in PHLPost’s latest commemorative stamps

Old churches featured in PHLPost’s latest commemorative stamps

In celebration of National Heritage Month, the Philippine Postal Corporation releases new commemorative stamps featuring centuries-old Spanish colonial churches.

By CBCPNews

May 19, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The Philippine Postal Corporation has released commemorative postage stamps featuring old churches that are among the country’s “national cultural treasures”.

As the country marks the National Heritage Month, the agency honors the churches built during the Spanish colonization and have remained intact for centuries.

Postmaster General Joel Otarra said that efforts to preserve these cultural edifices have been undertaken in conjunction with exhibits and public awareness on “these unique and irreplaceable ecclesiastical monuments”.

He said that PHLPost, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and FUNtastic Philippines, a group of photographers, have collaborated to work on the miniature pieces of art called stamps.

Featured in the “block of four” stamps include:

  • San Matias Parish Church. An ultra-Baroque structure in Tumauni, Isabela.
  • Santa Monica Parish Church. A Baroque and the oldest church in Panay island. its five level belfry is also the biggest, and most likely the heaviest bell in Asia which was casted in 1878 using 70 sacks of coins.
  • Santa Monica Parish Church. A Baroque church in San Nicolas, Minalin, Pampanga that was founded in 1614.
  • Santa Catalina De Alejandra Church. A Baroque church located in Brgy. Tayum, Abra.

PHLPost has also issued limited copies of souvenir stamps sheets featuring:

  • San Carlos Borromeo Church. A Baroque church located in Mahatao , Batan Island, Batanes.
  • Santa Catalina De Alejandria Church. Commonly known as Namacpacan Church, it is located in Luna, La Union.
  • Nuestra Señora Del Patrocinio De Maria Church. A baroque church located in Baljoon, Cebu.
  • Nuestra Señora De La Asuncion. A Baroque church in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
  • Nuestra Señora De La Asuncion Church. A newly restored church located in Dauis, Bohol. The church was destroyed when a magnitude-7.2 quake devastated Bohol in 2013.
  • Santo Tomas De Villanueva Church. A 17th century Baroque Romanesque church and “national shrine” located in Miag-ao, Iloilo. It was also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

PHLPost has issued 80,000 copies or 20,000 pieces each of the block of four stamps with a denomination of P12 each.

Another 5,000 pieces of the souvenir sheet of stamps were issued to highlight some of the old churches in the Philippines.

The stamps were designed by PHLPost in-house artist Vic Serevo and coordinated with Judith Neric ng Filipino Heritage Festival Inc.