Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2009







2009, November 9.  National Stamp Collecting Month

Featuring Games Children Play

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

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of 16; Souvenir Sheets of 6





Se-tenant Blocks of 4  (25,000)


  7p  Tumbang Preso

  7p  Luksong Tinik

  7p  Holen

  7p  Sungka


Miniature Sheets of 16  (6,250)


Souvenir Sheets of 6  (5,000)

  7p   Taguan

  7p   Sipa

  7p   Saranggola

  7p   Bangkang Papel

  7p   Paluan ng Palayok

  7p   Luksong Lubid


Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak



Jairo Gamboa (18 years old) (Technological University of the Philippines)

Patricia Ann Feliciano Ng (9-years old) (St. Jude Catholic School)

Jeremy Ace Feliciano Ng (7-years old) (St. Jude Catholic School)


Layout Artists:  Vic Serevo (Stamps);  Corazon Loza  (Souvenir Sheets)


First Day Covers:  Manila



Designs by Jairo Gamboa - Stamps


Tumbang Preso - is a game that is distinctly Filipino. Three (3) players are needed for this game but having more players would be more challenging and fun. There must be an "it" player to defend the can from other players to prevent them from knocking the can down. Players usually use slippers when playing this game. When all the players shall have used up all their slippers without knocking down the can, the "it" player chases everyone and tag who he/she wishes to become the new "it".


Luksong Tinik - two teams of equal number of players are required to play this game. Each team elects a leader, usually one who can jump the highest. This is called the"mother". Two players serve as the base of the °tinik" (thorn) by putting their right/left hand together alternatively. Players of the other team start jumping the "tinik" without touching any of the fingers of the base players. The "mother" or the leader gets a chance to jump to redeem the other player who missed the earlier jump. If the "mother" misses that jump, the teams exchange places and the game starts anew.


Sungka - is a game played on solid wooden block with two rows of seven circular holes and two large holes at both ends called "head". The game begins with 49 game pieces(shells, marbles, pebbles or seeds) equally distributed to alternate holes - seven pieces in every hole - except "heads" which remain empty. Sungka requires two players. Each player controls the seven holes on his side of the board and owns the "head" to his right. The goal is to accumulate as many as pieces in your "head".


Holens - is a game played by two or more players, each with a marble to shoot to fall into the small holes dug into the ground. Each player begins from a line which is 3 feet from the first hole and will take turns shooting his marble. The first one to get his marble into all 4 holes and back to the first hole is winner.


Designs by Patricia Ann Feliciano Ng - Souvenir Sheets & First Day Covers


Taguan - this game is also known as the hide- and- seek. It is a game where there is an "it" to find his/her hiding friends after counting out loud. The game ends when all the player are found. The player who is found first will be the new "searcher".


Paluan ng Palayok - is a popular game in the Philippines during fiestas and other occasions where the children try to hit the hanging clay pot which is full of goodies, including candies and coins, blindfolded.


Sipa - is the national game of the Philippines. The "ball" is simply made of a round lead with paper cut into strips through its center, then kicked by the player repeatedly without having it touch the ground.


Karera Sa Sako ( In First Day Cover) or sack race is a competitive game in which participants place both of their legs inside a sack that reaches up to their waist and jump forward from a starting point toward a finish line. The first person to cross the finish line is the winner of the race.


Designs by Jeremy Ace Feliciano Ng - Souvenir Sheets


Saranggola - or kite flying is flown on windy days. Kites are commonly made from paper or nylon and attached to a string or cord. Besides the classic diamond shape kites, they can also be made into different shapes with flowing tails.


Bangkang Papel - or paperboats are paper folded by the children for boat racing down the stream or river. The children have great fun watching their handmade paper boats swept by the wind. The first boat to reach the final end of the agreed point of destination is the winner.


Luksong Lubid - is a game of jumping over a rope. Two players hold the rope and make circular movements while another player jumps inside the loop without any part of his body touching the rope.




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