Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2016











2016, October 21.  National Stamp Collecting Month

70th Anniversary - First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Strips of 3,  Miniature Sheets of  9, Souvenir Sheets of One




Se-tenant Strips of Three (33,666)


12p  Blue 12c RP Stamp on Stamp

12p  Green 6c RP Stamp on Stamp

12p  Red 2c RP Stamp on Stamp


Miniature Sheets of 9  (3,740)


55p Souvenir Sheets of One  (5,000)


Layout Artist:  Victorino Z. Serevo



First Day Covers:  Manila








National Stamp Collecting Month -

70th Anniversary, First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines

On July 4, 1946, the Philippines was granted full independence by the United States Government upon the signing of the Treaty of Manila.   

Known as Third Republic, this marks the beginning of a new era of philately, both for collecting stamps and postal history, ending years of stamp issuing period under foreign rule, except during the short-lived First Republic under the Aguinaldo Regime (1898-1899).

In 1946, the Republic of the Philippines issued its first set of stamps commemorating its independence.  This first set of stamps believed to have violated the UPU rule of identifying the issuing country.  The stamps stated “Independence of the Philippines” instead of just the country designation “Philippines” or “Republic of the Philippines”.  In three values of 2c, 6c and 12c, depicting a Filipina with the Philippine flag, and behind her, flags of different nations. Engraved by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of this historic event, politically and philatelically.




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