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2019, May 16.  Philippines-Singapore Diplomatic Relations, 50th Anniversary

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

Souvenir Sheets of Four




114p  Souvenir Sheets of Four  (5,000)

  12p x 2 Butterflies

  45p x 2 Butterflies 


Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila





May 16, 1969 officially marked the start of the diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines. The two countries were present for the establishment of the Association of South East Asian Nations or "ASEAN" - making them both founding members.  Since then, Philippines and Singapore have been working closely together. According to the Board of Investments, Singapore is the Philippines' biggest investor putting Php 34.5 Billion in financing for the first quarter of 2019 alone.

This long standing relationship is reaching a major milestone this year and will be celebrated with a joint issue of stamps and souvenir sheets by both the Philippines and Singapore.

The Philippine Postal Corporation is issuing a special souvenir sheet for the occasion.  To symbolize the two nations, the souvenir sheets will feature fauna from each country.  Cethosia luzonica or the “Luzon lacewing butterfly” represents the Philippines, and, Pachliopta aristolochlae or the “Common rose butterfly” embodies Singapore.

The Luzon lacewing butterfly is endemic to the Philippines.  The Common rose butterfly was declared the national butterfly of Singapore in 2015.  The pair is colored similarly - they are both black winged, red-bodied and decorated with differing white patterns each. Cothosia luzonica are classified "lacewing" butterflies for having wing variation which resembles delicate lace.




  •   Butterflies

  •   Joint Issues




Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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