Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2006







2006, January 3.  St. Scholastica's College Centenary

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14

Singles, Sheets of 50 (5 x 10);  Miniature Sheets of 8 (4 x 2)




    6p  Facade of Original Building  - Singles   (100,000)


Miniature Sheets of 8     (5,000)


Design Coordinator:  Sr. Lumen Gloria Dungca, OSB

Layout Artists:  Sr. Soledad Hilado, OSB;  Vicente Antonio V. Pijano, III

Graphic Designers:  Nancy I. Gonzales, Richard Allen Baron


First Day Covers:  Manila


The centennial stamp shows a replica of the facade of the original building constructed nearly a hundred years ago. The entire building and additional structures constructed through the years before 1941 were completely destroyed by incendiary bombs during the liberation of Manila. A sense of history prompted the superiors of St. Scholastica's College to have a true re-construction of the main building. 

Two features characterized the building: its stark simplicity and the three rounded arches that announce a welcome. The three arches are a symbol of the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Three - the core for Whom the school exists and towards Whom all in it leads. 

The facade is completely bare except for the seal at the center, which bears the Greek initials of Jesus Christ, the One in Three. It speaks of the singleness of purpose: honor and glory for Him in all endeavors within its walls and beyond - within this century and onwards in time.



The turn of the twentieth century brought about dramatic changes in the life of the Philippines. In 1898, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States. Then in 1902 the Philippine Education Act established the system of public schools, and no religious instruction was allowed in those schools. There was a great need for English-speaking teachers, new Catholic schools and missionaries as most of the Spanish missionaries and clergy had left the country. 

Among the new religious that opened new schools were Sisters from a young missionary congregation in Germany - the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing. Arriving in Manila on September 14, 1906, they started their mission: educating young and old, in schools and in outlying places, helping communities towards self-help and better livelihood; healing the sick, caring for the environment, for those in welfare institutions, sea-sides, farms, providing special education for the Lumads and the Aetas. 

In 1906 there were 5 of them, all Germans, bringing Christ's love to the Filipinos. Today there are more than 200 of them, mostly Filipinos, spreading that same love, not only in our country but in other countries too: India, Korea, Argentina, Spain, Australia, Angola, Germany, Bulgaria, Namibia, Tanzania, Italy, Portugal.




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