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Philippines Philatelic Personalities




Lieutenant Colonel Hernando J. Corvera

By Federico R. Gaspar

(Philippine Journal of Philately, May-June 1950)


The man in whom the late President Manuel A. Roxas placed his implicit trust about the safety of his life and whom he designated as his Aide-de-Camp is our noted philatelist, Lt. Col. Hernando J. Corvera.


A man of contrasting personalities he is genial and pleasant when out of his uniform but masterful and peremptory when acting in his official capacity. It is perhaps for this reason why his subordinates at once fear and love him.


Col. Corvera was the only Filipino Regimental Executive Officer in Mindanao with General Manuel Roxas; the man who was with him in concentration camp; and his trusted companion in underground activities against the Japanese (World War II). For Col. Corvera's valor and heroism in action and loyalty in service, he was decorated by the United States with the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Distinctive Service Medals.


It would be interesting to recall the impulsive boy stamp collector tearing the stamps out of his father's mails. As far as he can remember he was only 10 years old at the time, knowing absolutely nothing about perforations, centering, errors and such peculiarities about stamps, unlike the well-informed junior philatelists of today. He would just slap those what he calls now as worthless stamps, on unused notebooks and that's all there was to his collection.


In 1931, shortly after graduating in the University of the Philippines, Col. Corvera was admitted to the bar. Congressman Roy who was then a young lawyer but already an old hand in philately was his close colleague who showed him the systematic method of classifying stamps. Thus, when Col. Corvera had learned scientific philately he began to gather stamps of all countries which are now filed conveniently in stockbooks.


At length he specialized in Philippine singles, mint and used; blocks of fours, mint and used; and Philippine flight covers.


In his hobby room, besides the different gadgets and cameras, he keeps a trunk-full of stamps and a library of splendid covers in albums and other philatelic collections.


Later he felt the necessity of affiliating with a philatelic club, so he joined the Philippine Philatelic Club, attending its monthly meeting. At present he is also an active member of the Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas.


Mr. Corvera finds a keen brotherly relation existing between members of philatelic clubs which, according to him, he seldom finds in other organizations. The common bond of friendship arising in such organizations, he said, must be credited to the hobby of stamp collecting, which strangely promotes this spirit.


He believes that Satan finds mischief for idle hands to do, so to give him no chance he devotes his leisure to worthwhile hobbies.


Col. Corvera has three loves:  philately, photography and flower culture. Col. Corvera's hobby room is equipped with the most modern and complete gadgets for photography, and a space for his immense stamp collection. For his flowers, of course, he has his spacious gardens which never fail to delight on lookers. The colorful gardens on picturesque landscape about his home which would inspire poets and artists were designed by Col. Corvera himself. On tranquil afternoons, if he is not occupied with photography or philately, he strolls around and passes away his time in improving his gardens.


Stamp collectors claim that beauty, art, and philately are closely related to each other - is it any wonder then, if Col. Corvera is a keen lover of beauty?



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