Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 1947










1947, March 23.  Pictorials, Series 1 (Definitives)

Engraved.  American Bank Note Company (ABNC).  Perf. 12

Singles, Sheets of 100


   10c  Bonifacio Monument - Singles  (30,000,500)

   20c  Mayon Volcano - Singles  (28,000,200) 


Note:  Quantities shown has taken into considerations additional printings, minus surcharges for each value.


First Day Covers:  Manila



1947 Pictorials - Series 1  (Definitives)

Bonifacio Monument.  A memorial monument in Caloocan, designed by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino to commemorate Philippine revolutionary Andrés Bonifacio, the founder and Supremo of the Katipunan.  The monument 13.7 m (45 ft) in height with symbolic images and other features known as the "Cry of Balintawak" is acclaimed as one of the best monuments in the world.  The Bonifacio Monument recalls the Philippine Revolution which was spearheaded by Andrés Bonifacio who had urged his men to raise against the colonial rule of Spain. His call to take arms against the Spanish rule was given on 23 August 1896, which is widely known as "Cry of Pugad Lawin."

Mayon Volcano.  Known as Mount Mayon, is an active stratovolcano in the province of Albay in Bicol Region, on the island of Luzon.  A popular tourist spot, it is renowned for its "perfect cone" because of its symmetric conical shape, and is regarded as sacred in Philippine mythology.  The volcano with its surrounding landscape was declared a national park on July 20, 1938, the first in the nation.  Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines, and its activity is regularly monitored by PHIVOLCS from their provincial headquarters on Ligñon Hill, about 12 kilometers from the summit.  It is a classic stratovolcano with a small central summit crater. The cone is considered the world's most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetry.



  • Tourism

  • Monuments

  • Volcanoes


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


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Issues of 1946-1949