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Leopoldo R. Aguinaldo

(Philippine Journal of Philately, Nov-Dec 1948)

Leopoldo R. Aguinaldo, one of our leading Filipino businessmen, has two absorbing interests, his business and his stamp collection, and it is interesting to note that the latter dates far ahead of his business career. 

Fascinated by stamps as a boy, he didn't have much opportunity to get hold of stamps as they were quite restricted in his youth during the Spanish regime. Early in boyhood he cherished fond thoughts of foreign countries because he read much about them and was told much about strange places by the parish priest of Santa Cruz Church whom he befriended, (he being then a sexton of the church) and subsequently by American soldiers upon their coming to whom he peddled the CABLE NEWS AMERICAN, a daily newspa­per, and this increased the fascination of foreign stamps to him. 

In his school days in Japan where he took up a Textile Engineering course, he had opportunities to increase his stamp collection.  Back to Manila and after resigning from the Bureau of Education as a teacher in the Mountain Province, he started engaging in trade. It was at this time that he had ample opportunities of accumulating stamps and adding more and more to his collection. Most of the merchandise handled were imports and they arrived by parcel post.  Although for one reason or another, many a time the par­cels were delivered with the stamps off, he didn't worry as they were merely duplicates of the hundreds and hun­dreds that have been accumulated. 

Beginning 1925 and until the out­break of the war, Mr. Aguinaldo had made trips around the world four times visiting almost all of Europe, the near and middle east - Java, Sumatra, Siam, Ceylon, India, Malaya and other oriental countries as well as the Americas. Apart from this he made four trips to the United States, thus making him one of the most extensively traveled Fi­lipinos. Foreign travel was, of course, conducive to his stamp collection. 

Included in Mr. Aguinaldo's vast collection and accumulation are large numbers of commemorative covers and special issues. For the past two and a half years he has been abroad where he spends the warm months mostly in New York where the L. R. Aguinaldo Company has a big office, and the cold months south of the equator - in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru. He corresponds regularly with stamp dealers all over the world and sells part of his collection while acquiring those for which he has a spe­cial liking. He has probably the largest and most complete collection of the Loriga-Gallarza series, the von Gronau series, the first Clipper series. 

He says that his collection will go to his grandchildren, of which he has seven (four girls and three boys) when they are grown, to know the value of stamp collection and to inherit love of the hobby. The value of his stamp collection, as it is, he conservatively va­lues at upwards of fifty thousand pesos. 

Mr. Aguinaldo gladly tells that the hobby of stamp collecting and his business career are two interlacing fascinations of his life. 





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