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Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

Philatelic Specialist - Republic of the Philippines


Best known for the only specialized stamp catalogs of the Republic of the Philippines,  Tak has been collecting since 1962.  He started collecting stamps of different countries but his love has always been the Philippines.  This love plus his knowledge of philately, led him to do what he does best, study, research and record his findings.  To this we are all indebted, for without him, we will miss out with what is exciting and valuable about the Republic issues.  Just consider the following achievements:

Positions Held: 

  • April 2005 – January 2012  -   Vice Chairman of Stamp Committee (SC), with Postmaster General Hector R. Villanueva as Chairman 

  • 1996 – 1999, October 2003 – March 2005 -  Chairman, Philpost Stamp Advisory Committee (SAC) 

  • 1993 – 1995 – Member, Philpost Stamp Advisory Committee (SAC) 

When the Philippine Postal Museum and Philatelic Library opened in November 10, 1992, Tak donated to the library volumes of stamp magazines from the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, Taiwan & China.  He also donated several stamp catalogues of many countries, including Scott Stamp Catalogues and Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue;  auction catalogues; dealer’s price lists; new issue bulletins of many foreign philatelic bureaus.  This donation from Tak formed the bulk of the philatelic materials of the Philippine Postal Museum and Philatelic Library.

 Writer and Publisher:

  • Author & publisher  - Specialized Catalogue of Philippine Postage Stamps 1973-1989 (in color), which received a Vermeil Award from the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum, Inc. (USA) in March 1993 during the 17th Annual Philatelic Literature Fair 

  • Author -  1997 Catalogue of Philippine Postage Stamps and Postal Stationeries, along with the 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002 supplements (all in color) 

  • Author -  Dark Room Philately – A Modern Day Study of Philippine Stamps, lead article in the 1979 Philippine Philatelic News, official publication of the International Philippine Philatelic Society (IPPS), reprinted in the American Philatelists August 1981 issue, official publication of the American Philatelic Society.

Tak is also the official Philippine correspondent for Stanley Gibbons of England and Michel Rundschau of Germany, both are known publishers of stamp catalogs.

Tak also authored several New Issue Updates for the IPPS.  He has also written several articles including the following: 

  • Facts About Some Recent Philippine Souvenir Sheets - November 1994, Journal of Philippine Philatelic Society (PPS), England. 

  • The 1991-1993 Philippine Flowers Definitive Series”  June 1995, Journal of PPS of England;  same article reprinted in the Oct-Dec 1996 and Jan-Mar 1997 issue of Stamp Chronicle of the Cebu Philatelic Society (CPS). 

  •  First Major Error by Amstar Discovered – June 1996 Journal of PPS, England. 

  • The 1995 and 1996 Philippine Flag with National Symbols Definitives -  July 1996, Journal of PPS, England;  same article reprinted in the Apr-Jun 1996 issue of the CPS Stamp Chronicle. 

  • The Philippine Flag With National Symbols Definitives - December 2001, The Chinese Philatelist, official journal of the Philippine-Chinese Philatelic Society 

  • The 2003-2004 Native Orchids Definitives -  Philippine Philatelic Journal Fourth Quarter 2007 issue, official publication of the IPPS.

 Awards and Recognitions

  • Vermeil Award -  17th Annual Philatelic Literature Fair, Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Musuem, Inc. (USA), March 1993 for "Specialized Catalogue of Philippine Postage Stamps 1973 - 1989".

  • 3 major awards at IPPS  Philpex ’85, held Nov. 24 – 27, 1985 with “Philippines 1982 Issues”:  Gold medal with felicitations, Best Philippine Exhibit, APS Best Researched Award.

  • First Place, General Foreign Class,  1973 APOPEX, with “Commemorative Stamps of China 1894-1973” 

  • First Prize, Class III Foreign Class, 1974 APOPEX,  with “Austrian Stamps 1948-1974” 

  • Guest Exhibitor - PILIPINAS ’96, the Philippine Centennial Invitational International Philatelic Exhibition, showing the prize-winning exhibit “Philippines 1982 Issues”










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