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01 November


ASEANPEx 2017 to Issue Limited Edition Souvenir Sheets - Future Gems of Philippine Philately?


A set of three souvenir sheets, to be issued each day of the exhibition will have a limited quantity of 1,000 sets, each with a face value of 100-pesos.  However, to qualify to purchase one copy of these daily souvenir sheets, one needs to make a prior purchase of at least 500-pesos worth of stamps and products from the PHLPOST booth.  Only the SS for the particular day will be sold, but IF there will be unsold stocks from the previous day's sales, buyer can choose which to buy.  No doubt a sell-out not only to local collectors but to other attending Asean members.   Further details on the mechanics of this issue will be available later and will be published here.

The ASEAN Invitational Philatelic Exhibition 2017 will be hosted by the Philippines from November 4 to 6, 2017, at the SMX Convention Center-Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

The ASEAN Invitational Philatelic Exhibition (ASEANPEx) 2017 is a special exhibit meant to officially celebrate the Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017 by gathering all stamp collectors, exhibitors, stamp dealers and other stamp enthusiasts in the South East Asian region.

ASEANPEx 2017 aims to showcase the stamps of the postal administrations of the 10 ASEAN member-countries, namely, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei Darussalam, featuring ASEAN biodiversity, focusing on flora and fauna.

Other highlights during ASEANPEx 2017:

More personalized sheets are being issued to allow people to have a wider selection to choose from for souvenirs of their visit to the exhibition.  There will be several artists on hand recommended by the National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) who will do portraits and caricatures to be printed on personalized sheets. Sheets with 6 stamps cost P250 and those with 4 stamps cost P150. The artists will be charging only P250 per artwork.

Special commemorative covers with slogan cancel of "I visited ASEANPEX today" will be available for those who want to have a lasting souvenir, and the stamps to be used will be stamps from personalized sheets! There will be post boxes for those who want to send any souvenirs to relatives & friend both locally & international.  There will be mailing services within the exhibition venue.

Bangko Sentral (Central  Bank of the Philippines) will have two booths to sell a lot of commemorative coins & paper bills. 

Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) will have six frames of Christmas / TB Seals on display and will have a booth where one can buy Philippine Christmas / TB Seals, including many of the seals that  have won gold and silver medals in international competitions through the years.



05 August



The tale of two Printers and one Mismanaged order ....

The Bandung Souvenir Sheet scheduled for release August 3, the same day the exhibition was to open in Indonesia, has been cancelled.   We learned that Amstar, the local printer, declined to print it on such short notice.  The order to Amstar had not been sent as of July 31 with the representative of Philpost scheduled to leave early morning of August 2!  We also learned a delegation headed by APMG Luis Carlos together with Gilbert "Bong" Javier and Mark Laurente of Corporate Communications (CorCom)  went to Indonesia, too.

Originally, the Bandung Souvenir Sheet will be a continuation of the Chinese New Year special 3-stamp Souvenir Sheet series to be printed with foil stamping by Thai-British, but due to delay in submitting the design, Thai-British,  turned down the order, too. 


15 June


Philippines-France Diplomatic Relations 70th Anniversary

Another Confusing Issue From PHLPOST










(June 15).  Wrong date of issue – June 26 instead of June 15??? Or is it a matter of incompetence??Se-tenant pairs of stamps commemorating the 70th anniversary of Philippines-France Diplomatic Relations were issued June 15 along with First Day Covers – but the FDC cancel bears the date JUNE 26.  On-line Stamp Bulletin states the date of issue to be June 26.  This issue had been listed in the 2017 stamp program, made available since beginning of the year, with June 15 as the issue date. In fact, the bulletin board in the Philatelic office which lists new issues still has this June 15 date. The printed bulletins (hard copies) distributed has June 15 as issue date and June 14, 2018 as last day of sale, contrary to the on-line stamp bulletin. 

It seems there’s a lot of confusion going on with the Philatelic Section, with the Manager not knowing what she’s doing.  For the past six months or more, many issues were NOT available for sale on the announced dates of issue, and very seldom were FDCs available on day of issue. Most are available only a week or so later, with some available for sale after two to four  weeks!  Is it time for a change? 

Breaking News (June 17):  Philippines-France Issue Halted.  We just learned that Phlpost is temporarily suspending the sale of the Philippines-France 70th anniversary issue which was put on sale by mistake on June 15.  This issue will be put back on sale on June 26, the date on FDC canceller that was used on FDCs sold on June 15.  Copies of this issue are already up for sale in ebay with one dealer claiming to have sold four miniature sheets and with four more available.


13 June


It's over a month now since Phlpost website went down.  It seems that none of the officials of Phlpost is concerned about this.  Gross mismanagement????



06 March


In follow-up of our 2016 report concerning the abolishment of the VAT, we recently obtained a copy of  Circular No. 16-69 abolishing the 12% VAT on souvenir sheets, dated October 26, 2016.  For more than four months, Dr. Ngo Tong Tak and APMG Luis Carlos worked on this tirelessly:



To see our initial report, click on 2016 CPNews.


05 February


Philippine Stamp Committee Reorganized.  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak has been added to the Philippine Stamp Committee effective January 2017.  Dr. Ngo comes with an impressive Philatelic background, having been a member of Stamp Committee several times in the past.  His Philatelic data speaks for itself, click here for more information.

He is joining the following:  Chairman:  Hon. Joel L. Ottara, Postmaster General;  Vice-Chairman:  Luis D. Carlos, APMG for Marketing & Management Services;  Members:  Alvin Alcid, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP);  Nemesio Miranda, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA);  Rey Ong, Philippine Philatelic Federation;  Atty. Cecilio N. Tobilio, Philatelist.


01 February


Generic Personalized Stamps.  No more personalized sheets will be sold with blank labels, due to the emergence in the internet of privately printed sheets with non-acceptable designs (indecent, political, etc..).  Now, collectors have generic sheets to buy, printed with Phlpost designs.   Those who want to have personalized sheets can go to PostShop, MCPO, where a photo booth will be available to take one’s picture.  A design may also be submitted for printing, subject for approval.


The first to be issued with generic designs are the Revalued 2016 Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) Personalized Stamps.  With a delayed release of February 1, 2017, some 2,000 sheets were printed of which 500 with generic designs;  the rest of 1,500 sheets are now available for personalization.  We recently learned that two stamp dealers from Manila were able to buy this issue with blank labels by mistake.  None were sold after this mistake.


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