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RP Issues of 2008




2008, June 26.  Fr. Andres (Fray) de Urdaneta, 500th Birth Anniversary; 

Spanish-Philippine Friendship Day

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14

Singles,  Sheets of 50 (10 x 5)



  7p   Fr. Urdaneta and Monument; Spanish-Philippines Friendship Logo  - Singles  (35,000)


Designer:  National Historical Institute


First Day Covers:  Manila




Fr. Andres (Fray) de Urdaneta, 500th Birth Anniversary - Spanish-Philippine Friendship Day

Fr. Fray de Urdaneta Was a Spanish Augustinian friar, sail captain and explorer who was in the Legaspi Expedition that left Spain for the Philippines on November 21, 1564 on board the ship Capitana that sailed along with the galleons San Pablo and San Pedro and the tenders of San Juan and San Lucas. 

He was known as the discoverer and plotter of a path across the Pacific from Philippines to Acapulco, Mexico, which came to be known as "Urdaneta Route." This route was used by Manila galleons for the next 250 years and brought Asian culture to Europe through Mexico. 

Together with Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, Fr. Andres de Urdaneta built the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Cebu and was also responsible for the Christianization of the Province.




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