Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2021











2021, June 24.  City of Manila, 450th Founding Anniversary

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

Se-tenant Pairs, Sheets of 40



Se-tenant Pairs -  15,000

     12p  Jones Bridge

    12p  City Hall Clock Tower


150p SelyoKo Generic Miniature Sheets of Four (1,000)

     17p x 4 - Personalized with the Seal of the City of Manila on Right Labels 


First Day Covers:  Manila


City of Manila -  450th Founding Anniversary


The local government of Manila and Philippine Postal (PHL Post) Corporation unveiled two commemorative stamps to mark the 450th founding anniversary of the city on June 24.  The two stamps were launched at the PHL Post office in Liwasang Bonifacio.

Also unveiled was a Commemorative Medal issued in cooperation with Bangko Central ng Pilipinas.

With the theme of “History and Honor” (Kasaysayan at Kadakilaan), the design behind the se-tenant Stamps and Medal are inspired by the rich history and culture of the City of Manila as it showcases 2 of the most iconic landmarks of the nation’s capital.

The stamps and medal highlight the revamped Jones Bridge and the Iconic Manila City Hall Clock Tower, bringing the historic structures back to their former glory under the leadership of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. The commemorative stamps and medals represent the importance of our city’s past that every Manileño should not forget as we move towards #BagongMaynila (#NewManila).

The said memorabilia were designed by Enrico Peña Jr., from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila while the photo of the Iconic Manila City Hall Clocktower was taken by James Ambag, a student from the University of the East.  (Manila Bulletin)

History – Spanish City of Manila.  Founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. This is regarded as the city's official founding date; however, a Tagalog-fortified polity called Maynilà had already existed on the site, dating back as far as 1258. It is the name of this old polity from which the Spanish and English name Manila derives.

After the defeat of the polity's last indigenous Rajah Sulayman III, in the Battle of Bangkusay, a fortified Spanish city called Intramuros was built directly on top of the site of old Maynilà. Manila was the seat of power for most of the country's colonial rulers.

Today, it is home to many historic sites, some of which were built during the 16th century. Many of the Philippines' "firsts" are in Manila, including the first university (1590), light station (1642), lighthouse tower (1846), water system (1878), hotel (1889), electricity (1895), oceanarium (1913), stock exchange (1927), flyover (1930s), zoo (1959), pedestrian underpass (1960), science high school (1963), city-run university (1965), city-run hospital (1969), and rapid transit system (1984) – also considered to be the first rapid transit system in all of Southeast Asia.  (Wikipedia)




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