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RP Issues of 2011










2011, November 10.  Dia Del Galeon Festival

Litho Offset.  APO Productions Unit.  Perf. 13 x 13 1/4

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



Se-tenant Strips of Three (25,000)

   7p   Galleon Ship with Map of the Philippines

   7p   Galleon Ship with Map of Mexico

   7p   Galleon Ship with Map of Spain


Miniature Sheets of 12    (6,250)


21p Souvenir Sheets of Three  (5,000)



Designer: Jesus Alfredo Delos Santos

Photos:  Ayala Museum through National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) 

Design Coordinators: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Elenita D.L. San Diego



First Day Covers:  Manila






The Día del Galeón Festival celebrates the unique journey of the Manila galleons and their place in maritime history - spanning the globe and linking the Philippines with Mexico and Spain. For 250 years (from 1565 – 1815) the Manila galleons were a conduit for global trade and cultural exchange between Europe, the New World and Asia. 

In October 2009 UNESCO recognized the unique part the Manila galleons played in the globalization of trade and cultural exchange by declaring 8th October as the international “Día del Galeón” (day of the galleon). Motivated by Senator Edgardo Angara, the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in conjunction with the embassies of Spain and Mexico, spearheaded the creation of a month-long series of events that will span the traditional galleon trade route through the Philippines. 

The 8th October was chosen by UNESCO as the Dia del Galleon to commemorate the arrival of the first Manila galleon in Acapulco, Mexico, in 1565. The first Manila galleon, the “San Pablo”, was piloted by Father Andres de Urdaneta, using nothing but a compass and his knowledge of wind & tide for navigation. To reach Acapulco, the San Pablo sailed North from Cebu, to approximately Latitude 38, then turned East towards the New World, and Mexico. Regrettably, due to the unexpectedly long journey (129 days) and inadequate provisioning by the then 15-year old Captain Felipe de Salcedo, most of the crew died before reaching their destination.




  • Ships

  • Maps

  • United Nations


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2011