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By Carolina B. Clemente

(Philippine Journal of Philately, Nov-Dec 1950) 

It was inspiring to see Mr. Amado V. Aldaba at his home in Malate with all the serenity of his age quiet­ly spending his leisure time on his stamps, evidently enjoying them fully. 

One who has seen much of life during his younger days and father of ten brilliant sons and daughters, seven have already graduated from colleges and universities, among whom four have already been to the United States on educational tours: Lualhati, Diwata, Dalisay and Homobono - Dalisay giving concerts to American audiences and Homobono, doctor of medicine, taking Grad­uate courses, Mr. Aldaba is still Assistant Provincial Treasurer of Bulacan, a position which he has been occupying for many years.

On June 6, 1935, a day which he would not forget, Mr. Inoceneio Delgado, owner of a store at the Escolta, introduced to him the hobby of stamp collecting. Completely fascinated by the new hobby, Mr. Aldaba began to collect stamps that very day.

With serious and earnest collecting,  Mr. Aldaba was able to obtain many rare stamps which carry high values at present.  Although he started rather late, his collection can equal if not surpass those of other well­ known philatelists. Two of his sons have become interested too in stamps and they help him collect stamps aside from building their own collections. Accumulations of years of avid collecting, Mr. Aldaba's is a vast treasure now.

Like other serious philatelists, he is investing a good sum of money in his collection. He is specializing in Philippine stamps and Philippine First Day Covers. His album is very beautifully and neatly mounted.  It reveals the care the owner is giving to it. One may wonder how an old man could make it possible. But if we consider how Mr. Aldaba loves this hobby we will know why.

For pleasure and investment, Mr. Aldaba considers stamp collecting above other hobbies. He says that it affords a high type of pleasure, and, at the same time, it serves as good investment, for stamps increase their value as the years go by.

Mr. Aldaba says that if we have the right stamp printing machinery in the Philippines, like what they have in the United States, the Phil­ippines will increase her income. He added that instead of paying millions of pesos for the printing of our stamps we can spend our money for the rehabilitation of our country.

One thing he wishes his grandchildren to realize is that he, their grandpa, is deriving unspeakable joy from his collection of stamps.


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