First Place in Paris Annual Christmas Seals
Exhibit and Contest
Press Release By Philippine Embassy - Paris, France
06 November 2013 - The Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. won
First Place in this yearís International Union Against Tuberculosis
and Lung Disease (The Union) annual Christmas Seals Exhibit and
Contest during its World Conference at the Palais de Congres Porte
Maillot, Paris, France last November 03.
The idea of raising money for tuberculosis (TB) treatment with
colorful Christmas seals originated with a Danish postman named
Einar Holboell in 1904. The tradition was quickly adopted by
other countries and continues today.
Philippine Ambassador to France Cristina G. Ortega, congratulated
the winning team who conceptualized the Philippine Christmas seals,
headed by Dr. Evelyn V. Cadena, Executive Director of the Philippine
Tuberculosis Society, Inc (PTSI). Ambassador Ortega lauded the
winning entry as testament to the Filipinoís vibrant pursuit of
artistic excellence and innovative creativity. Dr. Cadena who was in
Paris for the World Conference was appreciative of the support of
Ambassador Ortega and the Philippine Embassy in Paris.
Since 1910, when the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI)
was founded, the organization has been conducting yearly TB Seals
Campaign. The seals then were printed abroad, and it was only in
1947 when the TB seals started being produced locally. In 1985, a
highly organized campaign was initiated with the formation of a TB
Seal Committee to oversee and ensure the success of the TB seal fund
drive. As with the past years, PTSIís 2012 TB Seal Campaign elicited
a lot of support from various sectors of Philippine society, with
around 18,000 TB seal sheets sold, totaling 720,000 individual
stamps. Collections from this fund drive were utilized mainly for
the diagnosis and management of indigent patients afflicted with TB,
as well as to sustain the TB research needs of the Society.
An added attraction to the campaignís success is its frequent
winnings in The Unionís Christmas Seals Contest. Such feat proves to
be a welcome lure to the artist and philatelist followers of PTSIís
TB seals. Then as now, TB seal patrons look forward to the annual TB
Seals Campaign of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, considered
one of its two major fund- raising events in its nationwide
tuberculosis control programs.