6p Carlos Vincent
H. Ruiz (First Place - Seminary Level) - Singles (30,000)
6p Rommer A.
Fajardo (First Place - Professional Level) - Singles (30,000)
6p Allen A. Moran
(First Place - College Level) - Singles (30,000)
6p Elquiza Athena
Tentativa (First Place - High School Level) - Singles (30,000)
6p Jianina Marishka
C. Montealto (First Place - Elementary Level) - Singles (30,000)
Farolan-Somera (Executive Secretary - Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines) -
Note: Designs from five of the winners of the Stamp Design
Miniature Sheets of 20 (1,500 sets)
36p Souvenir Sheets of 6 stamps + 6 labels (5,000)
Graphic Artist: Richard Allen Baron
Layout Artists: Alfonso V. Divina, Jesus Alfredo
D. Delos Santos
First Day Covers: Manila
The Year of the Eucharist is the name of the liturgical
year from October 2004 to October 2005, as celebrated by Catholics
worldwide. On June 10, 2004, Pope John Paul II announced the
dedication of an entire year to the Blessed Sacrament and invited
the entire Church to reflect upon the Eucharist.
The Philippines is known as the largest Catholic nation in Asia.
Eighty-four percent of the population are devout Catholics with
beliefs and practices anchored in the official teachings of the
Catholic church and Catholic faith. Likewise, the devotion to the
Blessed Virgin Mary is an inseparable practice among Filipinos.
In October 2004, at the 48th International Congress held in
Guadalajara, Mexico, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II opened the
International Eucharistic Year 2004-2005 for the whole world to
celebrate. In the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops' Conference
(CBCP) declared a national yearlong celebration of the International
Eucharistic Year with the theme "Celebrating the Eucharist with
To bring this awareness to greater heights and to bring the sectors
of the youth and professionals to a deeper and meaningful encounter,
the CBCP Permanent Committee for International Eucharistic
Congresses and the Philippine Postal Corporation signed an agreement
which launched the first ever Commemorative Stamp Design Contest.
The results of the
contest yielded 13 national winners in the elementary, high school,
college, seminary-and professional categories. The awarding and
culmination activity was held on December 8, 2005, the feast day of
the Immaculate Conception. The first prize winning artworks and the
logo, which is an original design of Ms. Telly Farolan-Somera, the
executive secretary of the CBCP Permanent Committee for
International Eucharistic Congresses, are made into artistic stamps
and were displayed for public viewing at the Manila CPO Lobby.