Sunday Stamps 028: Historial sites in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area

The China National Philatelic Corporation issued the following special stamps in 2007:

Out of the four issued in the "Historical Sites in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area" series, three were used on the cover that was sent to me. Each of the four stamps have a value of 1.20yuan. The historical sites on the above stamps are, from left: Qu Yuan's tomb, Shibao village, Dachang old town. Not included is Zhang Fei's temple.

Sunday Stamps 027: Cotton tree flower


Having issued the first set of definitive stamps on flowers on March 12, 2009, Chunghwa Post (Taiwan's Postal Service) immediately followed up with a second set featuring four flowers, including the one below:

Bombax ceiba (NT$2.50): Bombax ceiba, commonly known as cotton tree, is a deciduous tree of the Bombacaceae family. Leaves are palmately compound. Flowers are orange or red, with five petals. The calyx is cup-shaped. It produces a capsule which, when ripe, will burst open and disperse seeds that are covered thickly with cotton-like fibers. The tree has a masculine shape and looks different in all four seasons. One of its salient features is that it blooms before it leafs out.- Source
Bombax ceiba is also known as kapok tree which is natively found in southern and eastern Asia and northern Australia. It's flowers have  were said to be commonly used as herbal tea in China and that the cotton-like fibres were also used in the past as cotton substitute.

Researchers have recently found out that some active constituents and phytochemicals in this plant have known to exert many beneficial effects, particularly apigenin, a well-known anti-cancer agent, and, luteol, that has an anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic agents. - Source

Sunday Stamps 026: Pheepoy, the lovable PhilPost mascot


I'm making up this week for the missed theme two weeks ago. I think I stretched the theme (streetcars/public transport) a teeny-bit once again. I hope I don't get in trouble with Viridian, the host of Sunday Stamps :) Here it is:

Friends, meet Pheepoy, the lovable mascot of the Philippine Postal Corporation.
I love Pheepoy the mascot, he is cute! Don't you? Here he's seen with the mail track. Other 2010 issues with Pheepoy on them include (refer to the photo below):

Souvenir Sheets of Four
Souvenir Sheets of Four
7p Pheepoy Delivering Mail on foot
7p Pheepoy with Philpost in the Background
7p Pheepoy in Motorcycle
7p Pheepoy with Mail Track

Photo Source:
Postmaster General Hector R.R. Villanueva said that Pheepoy personifies an honest and dedicated postman, whose primary goal is to deliver the mails rain or shine anywhere in the country and around the world, to the satisfaction of the mailing public.

“The mascot is also a way of reaching out to kids and families that letter writing is the best tool to communicate and interact in the light of modern technology,” Villanueva added.

Representing the more than 13,000 postal employees in the country, “Pheepoy,” personifies an honest, ever dependable and dedicated postmen. His outgoing spirit, high energy and passion also represent the ideal qualities of every PhilPost employee.

Kids (and kids at heart) can visit to check Pheepoy’s character profiles and activities. -

Sunday Stamps 025: A tribute to Tita Cory


In September 2009, the PhilPost issued a limited edition of the "Cory stamps":

Former Philippine President and democracy icon Corazon C. Aquino, garbed in her iconic yellow dress and flashing her famous "L" sign, meaning laban or fight. She is the Mother of People Power in our country which became the model of other peaceful revolutions around the world.
January 25, 1933 - August 1, 2009

The commemorative stamp above is one of the se-tenant bearing the image of  Corazon "Cory" Aquino, former Philippine President and a democracy icon. This shy and self-proclaimed "plain housewife" became the 11th President of the Philippines after leading the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines. Tita Cory, as she's fondly called after her term as President and became Citizen Cory, was the first woman to hold that office. Later that year (1986) she was named "Woman of the Year" by Time Magazine.

The launching of the Cory stamps coincided with the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to which the late president was a known devotee.

[Philippine] Postmaster General Hector R.R. Villanueva said that “the Cory Aquino stamps will serve as a fitting tribute to her achievements before her incumbency when she led the 1986 People Power Revolution. As well as the freedom and democracy that we regained during her tenure, including fighting off several coup attempts to unseat her, must never be forgotten by all Filipinos,” he said.
Villanueva is also hoping that the stamps would serve as a permanent reminder to all Filipinos, those present and future generations, of her valuable contribution to the country.
The President Cory Aquino memorial stamps can be considered the most celebrated issue ever of the Philippines.  Released on September 8, 2009 with a limited edition of 70,000 pieces or 35,000 sets since the stamps were issued in se-tenant pairs, the entire issue sold out overnight.  This has never happened before with any Philippine issue. - Source
Mrs. Aquino, 76, died on Aug. 1 after a long battle with colon cancer. The outpouring of support and sympathy for the Aquino Family after a five-day wake saw the nation wrapped in grief and adulation. She was finally laid to rest and buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Parańaque City beside her assassinated husband, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on August 5. - Source
Her son Benigno Aquino III was elected president himself and was sworn in on June 30, 2010.

Sunday Stamp 024: From Russia with love


This week I have a stamp here commemorating the centennial anniversary of Eugeny Feodorov:

The above stamp was issued in mini sheets with illustrations of ice on the margins. From the Russian Marka site:
Yevgeny Konstantinovich Fyodorov (1910-1981) is the outstanding scientist-geophysicist, state and public figure, academician, Chief Scientific Secretary of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Hero of the Soviet Union. 
In 1932-1938 he was the research assistant on the polar station. Director of the Arctic Scientific and Research Institute (1938-39). Head of Hydrometeorological Service of the USSR (in 1939-47 and 1962-74). Institutor and Director of the Institute of Applied Geophysics, Hydrometeorological Service of the USSR. Postage stamp depicts the portrait of E.K. Fyodorov on the background of a scene of researches on the polar station "North Pole-1".

Sunday Stamps 023: SEA Games on Thai stamp

I am sharing this stamp from Thailand to commemorate the just-concluded 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 11-22 November this year.

Athletics is one of the official sports events since the  beginning of SEA Games in 1959. Here shows the men's pole vaulting event.

The SEA Games is a biennial multi-sport event with participants from the 11 SEA nations, namely: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, East Timor, Thailand, and Vietnam. The first games was held in Bangkok in 1959 when it was still known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games was participated in by officials and athletes from Thailand, Malaya (now Malaysia), Singapore, South Vietnam, and Laos competing in 12 sports.

This year's host, Indonesia, is its fourth time to host the SEA Games. It last hosted the event in 1997. The last SEA Games was held in Vientiane, Laos - the first time it ever held the games - at the same time commemorating the Games 50 years.

I remember the excitement I had watching the live broadcasts on television when I was younger.  The Philippines in those days was within the top five rank, excelling mostly in basketball, boxing, and athletics, to name a few. I don't know what happened to Philippine sports now. Looking at the rankings in this year's SEA Games, we are on the 6th place, overtaken by a huge distance by Vietnam.

Next year's host will be Myanmar. That could be interesting.
More about the SEA Games hosted by Indonesia here, and SEA Games in general here.

Update: This is how the stamp should look like:

Thanks to Bob Scotney for drawing my attention.

Sunday Stamps 022: Children's art on stamps

The United Nations Postal Administration issued in September 2008 six commemorative stamps on the theme "We Can End Poverty" depicting the winning artworks of children in the art competition sponsored by the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The  theme of the competition was "We Can End Poverty"  and it was held as part of the celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the end of the First Decade for the Eradication of Poverty.
This stamp was affixed to a UN postcard and mailed at the UN Post Office located in the UN headquarters in New York City. Thanks to my dear friend and fellow postcrosser Conniechiwa of Writings on the Wall for ever-so-thoughtful, never forgetting to send me postal love :)