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RP Issues of 2014











2014, May 30.  National Heritage Month:  Traditional Filipino Textiles

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14 (stamps);  13 1/2 x 13 3/4 (souvenir sheet)

Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (Jumbo size), Miniature Sheets of  8



Se-tenant Blocks of Four    (26,000)

30p  Tausug Pisyabit

30p  Tausug Pisyabit

30p  T'Boli T'Nalak Bed Buyus

30p  T'Boli T'Nalak Bed Buyus


Miniature Sheets of 8  (13,000)


100p  Souvenir Souvenir Sheets of One  (5,000)


Designer:  Victorino Z. Serevo

Designs:  Textile patterns from Tausug Pisyabit and T'Boli T'Nalak Bed Buyus, each in se-tenant pairs;  Souvenir Sheet - B'Laan Weaver with pina handkerchief in background.


First Day Covers:  Manila







The month of May was declared National Heritage Month through Proclamation 439.  Beginning May 2003, The Filipino Heritage Festival is celebrated in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCAA). 

For the year 2014, traditional Filipino textiles is the theme of National Heritage Month.  In cooperation with HABI The Philippine Textile Council, Phlpost issued a set of se-tenant blocks of four stamps and a souvenir sheet.  Featured on stamps are handwoven textiles Tausug Pisyabit and T達oli T地alak Bed Bulos.  The souvenir sheet features a Silhouette of B'laan weaver with pina handkerchief in the background.

Photographs furnished by Rene E. Guatlo, author of HABI: A Journey Through Philippine Handwoven Textiles, Published by HABI: The Philippine Textile Council.  The book explores the rich, versatile, and colorful weaving tradition of indigenous communities in the Philippines. The book introduces several native weaves, from the abel of Ilocos, Cordillera textiles to the sinamay and abaca of Southern Luzon and the Visayas and the malong and banig of Mindanao.

The Tausūgs populate the Filipino province of Sulu as a majority, and the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan, Cebu and Manila as minorities.  The Tausūgs are part of the wider political identity of Muslims of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan known as the Moro ethnic group, who constitute the third largest ethnic group of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan

T'nalak is a traditional cloth found in Mindanao island made by a group of people in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato called T'bolis. This traditional cloth is hand-woven made of Abaca fibers which traditionally has three primary colors, red, black and the original color of the Abaca leaves.  The T地alak fabric holds a special and prominent place in T鍛oli culture. It is ever present in significant turning points in their lives, such as birth, marriage, and death.

For the B値aan women of Upper Lasang in Malapatan, Sarangani, mat weaving is a product of both traditional belief and art.  Weaving, in B値aan culture, is an expression of the women痴 relationship with their god Diwata.  Each mat has a unique design inspired by divine guidance, as well as their dreams and creative imagination. Hence, the women are popularly called the Dream Weavers.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2014