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2019, October 17.  Province of Sorsogon, 125th Anniversary

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

Singles, Sheets of 40




 12p Sorsogon Province - Singles  (40,000)


Designer:  Rodince C. Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila & Sorsogon







Sorsogon is a province in the Philippines located in the Bicol Region. It is the southernmost province in Luzon and is subdivided into fourteen municipalities (towns) and one city. Its capital is Sorsogon City.  Sorsogon is at the tip of the Bicol Peninsula and faces the island of Samar to the southeast across the San Bernardino Strait and Ticao Island to the southwest.  Sorsogueños is how the people of Sorsogon call themselves.

In 1570 two Augustinian friars, Alonzon Jiménez and Juan Orta, accompanied by a certain captain, Enrique de Guzmán, reached Hibalong, a small fishing village near the mouth of Ginangra River, and planted a cross and built the first chapel in Luzon.

It was from this village that Ibalong, referring to the whole region, came to be. Moving inland with a northwesterly direction they passed by the territory now known as Pilar, before they reached Camalig, Albay. The province was eventually separated from Albay on October 17, 1894 and adopted the name Sorsogon. The town of Sorsogon was also selected as its capital.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is issuing a stamp in commemoration of the 125 Years of the Founding of the Province of Sorsogon.  Featured on the stamp are the most famous facets of Sorsogon - the Provincial Capitol Building, the Donsol butanding or whale shark, the scenic mountainscapes of the province, and the Cross for the 450 years anniversary of the the first Christian Mass celebrated in Gibalon, Magallanes, in the year 1569.

The Province of Sorsogon's rich history is the pride of Sorsogonons.  Culture and heritage are valuable assets to the province, and the people of Sorsogon honor their roots with the yearly festivities brought about by the Kasanggayahan Festival. This festival is brought to life by the Sinalampati, a courtship dance performed by street dancers mimicking doves.





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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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