2019, May 16. Philippines-Singapore Diplomatic Relations, 50th
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,
Souvenir Sheets of Four
114p Souvenir Sheets of Four
12p x 2 Butterflies
45p x 2 Butterflies
Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro
First Day Covers: Manila
PHILIPPINES-SINGAPORE - 50 YEARS OF
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
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.
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.