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Historic postage stamps are used by PHLPost to celebrate National Heritage Month.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has unveiled a new set of commemorative stamps to mark the celebration of 2023 National Heritage Month (NHM), which will feature eight different heritage buildings and historic sites connected with the founding of the Filipino nation, the first democracy and constitutional republic in all of Asia.

These historic structures are the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite province; Sideco House in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Cabanatuan Cathedral Convent, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Pamintuan Mansion, Angeles City; Tarlac Cathedral, Tarlac City, Tarlac; Cuenca House, Bacoor, Cavite; Malolos Cathedral Convent, Malolos City, and the Bulacan and Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Bulacan.

According to Presidential Proclamation No. 439, which designates the month of May of each year as National Heritage Month o Buwan ng Pambansang Pamana, PHLPost has collaborated with the Filipino Heritage Festival Inc. (FHFI), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and FUNtastic Philippines Inc., a group of amateur and professional photographers, to commemorate National Heritage Month under the title “Kalayaan ay Pamana”.

The festival strives to instill in the Filipino people a greater awareness of, respect for, and love for the nation’s cultural legacies.

According to Postmaster General Luis D. Carpio, “From the rich history and well-known locations in the nation that are depicted in miniature works of art known as “Stamp or Seal,” PHLPost continues to spread awareness of the importance of being Filipino.

In these times of uncertainty and change, he continued, “Keeping our heritage buildings intact amid the new development and progress would give us and the next generations a sense of continuity.”

The postal stamps also depict the nation’s enduring customs, cultural norms, or governmental structures that persist despite potential changes in other spheres. Its continuity gives people a sense of security and a link to the past, and it influences how communities and cultures evolve for a number of generations to come.

PHLPost has produced 80,000 stamps with eight distinct designs and a 16-peso value, as well as souvenir sheets with a 55-peso value.

The stamp designs were created by PHLPost’s in-house graphic designer Ryman Dominic Albuladora using images by FUNtastic Philippines, Inc.’s Rolino Bucao, Jr., Rosemarie de Guzman, Godwin Hernaez, Bobby Taron, and Ruwen Verdaguer.

At the Philatelic Counter, the Manila Central Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio, and the Post Office in Iloilo City, stamps and official first-day covers are now on sale. Call (02) 8527-0108 or (02) 8527-0132 if you have questions about the stamps, and visit the Pilipinas Philately page on Facebook for updates.

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