Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2006







2006, January 5.  Filipino Migration to Hawaii Centennial

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

Singles, Sheets of 50  (10 x 5); Souvenir Sheets of 2



     6p  Filipinos in Hawaii, The Early Years by Allen A. Moran  - Singles  (55,000)

   22p  Filipinos in Hawaii Today by Crisanto S. Umali - Singles  (35,000)

  22p Souvenir Sheets of 2  (10,000)


The winning entries of the Hawaii Centennial Commemorative Stamps Design Competition are depicted on the stamps:  

6p:  First Place Winner, Student Category, Allen A. Moran. 

22p:  First Place Winner, Professional Category, Crisanto S. Umali. 

The Second Place and the Third Place winning designs for both categories are used as cachets for the two Official First Day Covers

First Day Covers:  Manila



It was in December 20, 1906 that the ship Doric docked at Honolulu, carrying fifteen Filipinos (one of whom brought along his fighting cock) along with a handful of Chinese, Japanese and Sikhs. Eleven of the Filipinos were single, four were married. The oldest was fifty-six and the youngest was fourteen. All of them originated from the coastal area of Candon in Ilocos Sur. Little did these men know that they were making history by being the first group of Filipinos to settle in Hawaii, part of what became the first wave of Filipino migration to the United States of America.  

Five of these men belonged to one family, headed by Simplicio Gironella with his four sons (Mariano, Vicente, Francisco and Antonio). The group also included two sets of brothers (Mauricio and Celestino Cortez, and Prudencio and Cecilio Sagun). The other six were Filomeno Rebollido, Marciano Bello, Emiliano Dasulla, Apolonio Ramos, Martin de Jesus and Julian Galmen. Francisco Gironella spoke fluent English and acted as interpreter for the group. All were eventually sent to live in the main Japanese camp at the Olaa Plantation in Big Island, Hawaii, located five miles south of Hilo.  

Two months afterward, the second group of recruits from the Philippines numbering thirty people with two women and two children arrived on February 25, 1907. The third batch of recruits arrived on July 19, 1907 with forty-three of them, including eight women and eight children. This migration continued on, and was followed by major waves of migration that also brought Filipinos to other parts of the U.S.  

Today, the United States of America hosts more than 2.7 million Filipinos, nearly 276,000 of whom reside in Hawaii. At present, Filipinos in Hawaii account for 24% of Hawaii's population. They have made permanent mark in the state's political, economic and cultural life. Whereas, Filipinos first came to Hawaii as plantation workers and indentured laborers, Filipinos in Hawaii today are successful professionals, and prominent citizens in business, government, politics, academe and the arts.




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