Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14
Miniature Sheets of
10 (2 x 5); Uncut Sheets of 20;
Souvenir Sheets of 4
Fuji, Cherry Blossoms & Dr. Jose Rizal - Singles
Volcano, Sampaguita & Dr. Jose Rizal - Singles
Miniature Sheets of 10 (6,000)
Miniature Sheet - Uncut of 20 (2,000)
Note: Uncut sheets, comprising of a pane of 10 of each
design, resulting in sheets of 20, were also issued.
54p Souvenir Sheets of Four (7,500)
Design Coordinators: Manila
International Sister Cities Association,
Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Designer: Filipina O. Tolentino
Graphic Artist: Richard
First Day Covers: Manila
The Year 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of
diplomatic relations between Philippines and Japan after the
ratification of the Peace Treaty and the Reparation Agreement on
July 23, 1956.
As Philippines celebrate the golden jubilee of the friendship
between Philippines and Japan, we salute those wholehearted
individuals who pursued the restoration of the normalization of
diplomatic ties. As we look ahead, our sights are pinned on a
brighter future as we are drawn closer together in friendship.
This year, two postage stamps are issued in commemoration of the 50
years of Philippines-Japan Friendship by the Philippine Postal
Corporation in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs
and the Manila International Sister Cities Association (MISCA).
One of the designs features Mt. Fuji and the Cherry Blossoms
(Sakura) symbolizing Japan. while the other features Mt. Mayon and
Sampaguita flowers symbolizing the Philippines. Symbolic elements in
the stamps embody the peculiar characters of the two countries. The
snow-capped Mt. Fuji reveals a majestic charm that has found a home
in the hearts of the Japanese people. The Sakura, the national
flower of Japan, represents the people's perennial expectation that
prosperity comes after tribulation as certain as the coming of the
season when flowers bloom after each Fall.
Dr. Jose Rizal epitomizes the Filipino people's quest for peace,
brotherhood and freedom.
Mt. Mayon's beauty and magnificence convey the Philippine psyche and
the Sampaguita flowers symbolize Filipino purity of heart.
These commemorative stamps were unveiled on July 23, 2006 by the
Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Alberto
Romulo and Japan Minister of Foreign Relations, Taro Aso.