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RP Issues of 2021











2021, December 15.  City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur Centenary

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

Se-tenant B/4, Sheets of 40



Se-tenant Blocks of Four -

12p - Centennial Poster

12p - Tinuy-An Falls

12p - Kawa-Kawa Hills

12p - Karawasan Festival


First Day Covers:  Manila & Bislig, Surigao del Sur




The Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) issues commemorative stamps and official first day covers for the Centennial Celebration of the City of Bislig, with the theme “Celebrating Life and Heritage with Thanksgiving”. 

Bislig existed as a pueblo before formally becoming a town on January 1, 1921, by virtue of Executive Order No. 62. It is part of Surigao del Sur, in the Caraga Region of southern Philippines. It gained its status as a component city on September 18, 2000, through Republic Act No. 8804 and is currently sectioned into 24 barangays. 

The name “Bislig” supposedly comes from either of two narratives – first, a royal couple making their way through the area came upon a life-threatening situation, and they were saved by holding onto a thick vine called “bislig” that grew abundantly in the forest. In honor of their lives being saved, the area was named “Bislig” thereafter. Another story asserts that it was because the territory was known for “bizlin”, a kind of gold found and bartered in the area. 

The municipality celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, thus, its local government enacted various commemorative activities: Bisliganons enjoyed sports, tourism video, essay writing, and spoken word poetry competitions, tree planting, mass weddings, and city-wide clean-up activities, among others. 

The stamps for this occasion feature the Centennial Poster for Bislig by Carl Leonard A. Dollete, the Tinuy-an Falls, Kawa Kawa, and the Karawasan Festival. The official first day cover features a view of the Lawigan Beach Resort, with the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), which frequents protected areas in Bislig, prominently displayed in the foreground. 

This milestone issuance proudly represents the rich culture and heritage of Bisliganons. These stamps shall immortalize and celebrate Bislig, the “City of Wonders”, for generations to come. 




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Issues of 2021