6p “Mahal Namin Kayo”
22p “We Love You” - Singles (75,000)
* Original quantity is 75,000 plus additional
printing of 5,500.
6p x 6 - Miniature Sheets of 6 + 6 labels (10,000)
22p x 6 - Miniature Sheets of 6 + 6 labels (10,000)
Project Officers: R. German F. Florida, Jr.
Graphic Artist: Richard Allen M. Baron
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
First Day Covers: Manila
TRIBUTE TO HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN
Karol Josef Wojtyla was born on May 18,1920 in
Krakow, Poland. He was the second of two sons of Karol Wojtyla and
Emilia Kaczorowska. On October 16, 1978, at the age of fifty-eight,
the College of Cardinals elected him to lead the Roman Catholic
Church. He was the first non-italian chosen as Pope.
He first visited the country in February 1973, as
Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla. During
their stopped over at the Manila International Airport on their way
to Melbourne, Australia to attend the International Eucharistic
Congresses he requested and concelebrated a mass at the Baclaran
Redemptorist Church. It was during that time, that Cardinal Wojtyla witnesses the profound devotion of the
Filipinos to Mother of Perpetual Help.
In his 26 years of pontificate, the Philippines has
found a special place in the heart of Pope John Paul II whom he
considered a bastion of Christianity in Asia.
As the most -travelled Pope ever, having made 104
foreign trips, Pope John Paul II visited the country in 1981 and in
His pastoral visit in 1981 were highlighted with the
visits to the following places of the country which included Manila,
Cebu City, .Davao City, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Legaspi City,
Morong, Bataan, and Baguio City. It was
during this visit when the first beatification in Asia was held.
Blessed Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino Martyr was beatified by
Pope John Paul II on February 18, 1981 in Luneta Park, Manila.
In 1995, Pope John Paul II got a world record of the
largest gathered crowd in his World Youth Day visit to the
Philippines. An estimated 4 million attended his Mass in Luneta Park, Manila.
Pope John Paul II beatified 1,338 people during his
papacy and declared 482 saints. Among them are St. Lorenzo Ruiz and
Blessed Pedro Calungsod.
As all people of the
world regardless of races, religions, and cultures mourned the
passing of His Holiness Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005, the
Philippine Postal Corporation joins the entire humanity in paying
tribute to the life and times of Pope John Paul II.
On April 12, 2005,
Philpost launched a travelling exhibit dubbed as "Love and Prayers
for the Pope" Philatelic and Photo Exhibit with the support of
Ambassador Henrietta T De Villa, former ambassador to the Holy See.
The exhibit featured stamps issued by Philpost to commemorate his
1981 pastoral visit to Manila, 1995 World Youth Day, 4th World
Meeting of the Families. Also included were the Pope's biography,
last will and testament, travels, prayers, writing and photos. This
travelling exhibit will be brought to different churches, schools
and cities nationwide.