Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2009







2009, September 1.  Baguio Centennial

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14

Se-tenant Strips of 4, Sheets of 36  (12 x 3);  Souvenir Sheets of 4




Se-tenant Strips of Four  (28,800)


7p   Mansion House
7p   Mines View Park
7p   Baguio Cathedral
7p   Kennon Road


Souvenir Sheets of Four  (6,000)


First Day Covers:  Manila;  Baguio City








“Fostering a Culture of Caring” is the theme of Baguio City’s centennial celebration. Philpost issued a set of stamps and souvenir sheets featuring well known landmarks of the city:

MANSION HOUSE. The official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. It is located in Baguio City, Philippines.  The majestic and palatial Mansion House was built in 1908 as the official summer residence for the U.S. Governors-Generals. It was badly damaged during the Second World War and was rebuilt in 1947. Since then, it has served as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines during his or her visits to Baguio. The name is derived from the summer cottage in New England of Governor-General William Cameron Forbes during whose administration the original Mansion House was built. In 1921, the Second Philippine Legislature met at the Mansion House for three weeks. More recently, the Mansion House has been the site of a number of international conferences. Mansion House consists of an elegantly-designed main building and guest house. The elaborate main gate, made of ornate ironwork, is said to be a replica of one of the main gates at Buckingham Palace, London. (,_Baguio_City)

MINES VIEW PARK.   The Mines View Park is one of the most popular and most visited parks in the city of Baguio. The observation deck of the Mines View Park offers the tourists a breathtaking and panoramic view of the Benguet’s gold and copper mines and it is here where the surrounding mountains unfolds before you. It is perhaps because of these gold and copper mines that the park got its name as the Mines View Park. It’s a splendid sight and worthy enough to behold and should not be missed when you are visiting Baguio. (

BAGUIO CATHEDRAL. The rose-colored Baguio Catholic Cathedral, located on top of a hill in the heart of the city, is one of the more familiar and most visited landmarks of Baguio. This beautiful structure has twin spires and is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. From Session Road it is accessible by pedestrians who ascend a long concrete stairway of more than a hundred steps. Visitors and churchgoers who would rather avoid the difficult climb drive vehicles through an access road which passes behind the nearby post office building. The construction of the cathedral by phases was begun on a hill which was originally referred to as "Kampo" by the native Ibalois. It was later called Mount Mary by a Belgian Catholic Mission headed by Fr. Carlu, CICM, who was then the parish priest. The cathedral was finally consecrated in 1936 and dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement. During World War II it became an evacuation center and withstood the Japanese carpet bombing of the city in 1945, thereby saving thousands of lives.   (

KENNON ROAD. Kennon Road connects Baguio City with the town of Rosario, La Union in the Philippines. Finished in 1903, it was originally called the Benguet Road and was later named in honor of its builder, Col. Lyman Walter Vere Kennon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Unknown to many is the fact that its initial construction way back in 1903 was cutting across the mountains of Benguet with the combined efforts of Filipinos, Americans, Filipino-Chinese and Japanese nationals. Aside from Filipino engineers and U.S. Army Engineers headed by Col. Lyman Kennon, one thousand five hundred Japanese immigrant workers persevered to accomplish the difficult road project. The Japanese workers contributed substantially in the construction effort until its completion in 1905. Kennon Road is also one of the most hazardous roads in the country especially during the rainy seasons when most of the road accidents occur. (



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