Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2003






2003, September 9.  Philippine Orchids - 19th Century European Old Prints

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf. 14

Singles, Sheets of 50



   50p  Sangumay -  Singles  (150,000)

   75p  Lady's Slipper -  Singles  (150,000)



Design Coordinator:  Antonio D.A. Claro

Layout Artist:  Alfonso V. Divina

Graphic Artist:  Edgar P. Patricio


Design:  Old prints from the Orchid Album of Robert Wagner and Benjamin Samuel Williams, Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants, and the Botanical Magazine illustrated by Walter Hood Fitch. All the orchid prints were done in the 19th century and some are by John Nugent Fitch, a nephew of Walter Hood Fitch.


First Day Covers:  Manila



Philippine Orchids - 19th Century European Old Prints

Sanggumay (Dendrobium superbum).  The leaves of this specie are fleshy, glossy-green, oblong-Ianceolate, acutish up to 5" long, flattened and borne in two (2) ranks. Inflorescences are usually 2 flowered, almost stalkless, borne on the leafless pseudobulbs. Flowers vary in colour, the typical phase with mauve-purple sepals and petals. The lip has 2 deep purple blotches in the throat, the flaring part of which is veined with deeper purple. Flowers are extremely fragrant.

Lady's Slipper (Paphiopedilum argus). The leaves grow up to 7" long and 1 1/2 wide with the upper side chequered with light spots. Scape consists of one flower that grows up to 15" tall. The dorsal sepal is white except for the darker base, with green and brown longitudinal nerves of unequal lengths, very broadly ovate and sharp-pointed. Flowers are about 4" in diameter. The petals are sharply turned downwards, while the base is pale and red near the apices which is furnished with many black-purple warts, ligulate and acutish. The lip is broad, dark brown-purple. The lower side of the lip is paler and veined with light green. Bloom in spring to early summer.



  • Flowers / Orchids

  • Arts / Prints



Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2003