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RP Issues of 2009








2009, April 28.  Augustinian Recollect Sisters

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

Singles,  Sheets of 50 (5 x 10))




7p   Mother Dionisia Talangpaz and Mother Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz  -  Singles  (100,000)



First Day Covers:  Manila



Official FDC Envelopes:  1,800 issued at P15 each




Augustinian Recollect Sisters have the Philippines as their place of origin dating from the beginnings of the 18th century. In 1719, two sisters, Dioisia and Cecilla Ros Talangpaz Parmintuan, settled in a site next to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Carmen in Manila. Their retired manner of life and devotion elicited the attention of the Augustinian Recollect Friars who took care of the sanctuary conferred on the sisters the habit of the terciaries and organized them in a residence. It was the year 1725.


The way of life was typical of convent life of the period: withdrawal from secular life, common life, the habit of the Order, prolonged prayer, manual labor, and ascetical practices. They also took care of cult at the sanctuary of the Virgin and, even before 1754, the education some young ladies.


Numerical growth and institutional development began in earnest at the beginnings of the 20th century. Guided by Fr. Celestino Yoldi, they remodeled their old residence , and began to make public profession of vows (1907). The updated their laws and opened schools in Cavite (1910) and Cuyo (1921) and were recognized as a congregation of diocesan status in 1929. With this, the congregation began to enjoy an autonomous life and to realize its authentic expansion. The Sisters received pontifical approval on November 20, 1970.


The education of rural youth remains the principal apostolate of the Sisters. They also attend an orphanage and assist in giving catechesis. They administer residences and university schools in Manila, Cebu, Cavite and other Filipino cities. They have opened houses in the United States, Australia, and Spain. As of 2005, there were 304 religious distributed among 42 houses.




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