Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2016











2016, October 24.  Philippines-Portugal Diplomatic Relations - 70th Anniversary (Joint Issue)

Featuring National Flowers

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Pairs,  Miniature Sheets of 8





Se-tenant Pairs (55,000)

12p  Lavender - National Flower, Portugal

55p  Sampaguita - National Flower, Philippines


Miniature Sheets of 8  (13,750)



First Day Covers:  Manila



Joint Issue with Portugal:






Featuring National Flowers

SAMPAGUITA - National flower of the Philippines is Sampaguita. A member of the jasmine family, its sweet-smelling flowers can be used for perfumes and tea, but is more commonly used in the Philippines as adornments, garlands, or crowns, usually being sold outside churches and on the streets.  Sampaguita was adopted by the Philippine government as its national flower in 1934 by the then American Governor General of the Philippines, Frank Murphy, through Proclamation No. 652.  Filipinos string the flowers into leis, corsages, and crowns.  In warm climates, the flowers bloom all throughout the year and are produced in clusters of 3 to 12 blooms at the ends of the branches.

LAVENDER - national flower of Portugal is Lavender.  There are 25-30 species of this flower. It is quite a useful flower as it is used in perfumes, candles, soaps, cosmetics and balms. Thus, it is grown commercially for the extraction of essential oils. It is also grown as an ornamental plant in temperate climates. As the name suggests, the flower is lavender in color. It comes in different shades of this color. The shade of the flower varies with the species.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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