Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2010












2010, November 23. Christmas - Nativity Scenes

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

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



Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (25,000)

   7p   Belen (Mary & Joseph in Pilipino costumes, Vatican in background)

   7p   Belen (Mary, Joseph and Jesus)

   7p   Belen (In a Jar)

   7p   Belen (Mary, Joseph, Jesus and Shepherds)


Lay out Artist: Victorino Z. Serevo

Design Coordinators: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Danilo Pangan

Designs/ Designers : Designs are focused on the Christmas “Belen” showing the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Two of the designs were taken from the Christmas Stamp Design Contest held in 1989:

Stamp Design 1.  Taken from the Design of the Creche (Belen) which will be on display at Vatican, Rome this Yuletide season based on the information given by Ambassador Mercedes Tuazon;

Stamp Design 2.  An original artwork done by Richard M. Fuentes, (an On-the-Job Trainee for CY2010-2011);

Stamp Design 3.  An original artwork done by Noel E. Ferraris, with the enhanced background done by Maverick E. Pineda, (an On-the-Job Trainee for CY2010-2011);

Stamp Design 4.  An original artwork done by Almer B. Axalan, with the enhanced background done by Ponjie Nikko F. Ventura, (an On-the-Job Trainee for CY2010-2011).


First Day Covers:  Manila



The Belen is a traditional Filipino Christmas symbol. It is a creche or tableau representing the Nativity scene. Derived from the Spanish term for the town of Bethlehem, it depicts the infant Jesus Christ in the manger, surrounded by the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, the shepherds, their flock, the Magi and some stable animals and angels.  Belens can be seen in homes, churches, schools and even office buildings; the ones on office buildings can be extravagant, using different materials for the figures and using Christmas lights, parols (Christmas lanterna), and painted background scenery.





  • Christmas

  • Nativity

  • Religious


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


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Issues of 2010