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RP Issues of 2009










2009, October 12.  Quezon City 70th Anniversary

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

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40 (4 x 10);  Souvenir Sheets of 4




Se-tenant Blocks of 4  (97,500)


  7p   President Manuel L. Quezon & Philippine Flag

  7p   Quezon City Hall

  7p   Araneta Center

  7p   Eastwood City


28p Souvenir Sheets of Four  (16,000)


Designer:  Raymund Mercado and Giovanni Dunton, Jr.

Design Coordinator:  Elenita D.L. San Diego, Victorino Serevo

Project Coordinator:  Regina A. Samson, Head, Communications Coordination Center

Graphic Artist:  Mary Joy Merilles


First Day Covers:  Manila;  Quezon City





Quezon City is the largest of Metro Manila’s cities in population and land area. At 160 square kilometers, it is an urban landscape spread over one-fourth of the Philippines’ metropolitan area. Its expansive lands, reasonably priced real estate, strategic location and large consumer market are immediate plus factors for business. It is considered as the “City of the Young” as about half of its 2.68 million population are less than 24 years old. Strengthening the capacity of its young population are about 65 colleges and universities, among them the prestigious University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University, and countless training centers and early childhood learning facilities.

The said city is also well known as a cost-effective business location. Its large consumer market and manpower pool has attracted some 58,196 business establishments to locate in Quezon City. Finding the city a cost-effective location are business process outsourcing (BPOs) companies, who find real estate values very competitive and areas available for business very expansive. Among the ICT companies that have chosen to expand in Quezon City are IBM, eTelecare, Convergys, SITEL and Sykes Asia.


Postmaster General Hector Villanueva of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) together with Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. led the unveiling ceremonies for the first day release of Quezon City’s 70th year founding anniversary commemorative stamps last October 12, 2009 at the Legislative Building atrium, Quezon City Hall.

The ceremony was also marked by the signing of the stamps’ First Day Cover by Mayor Belmonte, Postmaster General Villanueva and Vice Mayor Bautista.

Four designs of the commemorative stamps were issued, featuring glimpses of Quezon City’s past and its famous landmarks including:

  • The 66-meter high Quezon Memorial Pylon. The height represents the years that its founder President Quezon lived his life. It serves as a national memorial park of the remains of the late Commonwealth President and his wife Doña Aurora. The stamp design comes with the classic marble statue of the City’s founder, President Quezon and a Philippine flag, which depicts how the City is very much part of the nation’s rich culture and history.

  • Araneta Coliseum. Construction of the coliseum began in 1957 and was finished in 1959. It is located at the 35-hectare property in Cubao that is now the Araneta Center, which was bought from Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1952. In the 1960’s, the coliseum received international recognition as the “biggest covered coliseum in the world.” It occupies a total land area of almost 40,000 square meters and a floor area of 2,300 square meters.

  • Eastwood City Cyberpark. Eastwood City is a 17-hectare commercial and residential development which was launched by Megaworld Corporation in 1999. It is the Philippines’ first information technology zone, now with 53 off-shoring and outsourcing locators, and a major player in Quezon City’s ascent as the information technology capital of the Philippines.

  • Night Vista of the Quezon City Hall Main Building.  Completed in 1976, the 14-storey government edifice is part of a 12-hectare civic center compound that houses the executive and legislative branches of the local government, as well as the judiciary and various national government agencies. It is also the venue of the 1971 Constitutional Convention. 




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