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
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.
It's over a month now since Phlpost website went down. It
seems that none of the officials of Phlpost is concerned about this.
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,
more than four months, Dr. Ngo Tong Tak and APMG Luis Carlos worked
on this tirelessly:
To see our initial report, click on
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:
Joel L. Ottara, Postmaster General;
Luis D. Carlos, APMG for Marketing & Management Services;
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.
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
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
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.