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RP Issues of 2023











2023, December 26.  First Circumnavigation of the World - 500th Anniversary (Revised From 2022)

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

Miniature Sheets of 8




16p - Ferdinand Magellan

16p - King Charles I Approves Magellan’s Expedition (March 22, 1518)

16p - Mutiny Against Magellan (April 1520)

16p - Crossing the Pacific (November 1520 – March 1521)

16p - Humanity in Homonhon (March 18, 1521)

16p - First Mass in Limasawa  (March 31, 1521)

16p - Introduction of Christianity in Cebu  (April 14, 1521)

16p - Battle of Mactan  (April 27, 1521)

16p - Friendship with Rajah Calanao of Kipit  (May 1521)

16p - Arrival in Moluccas  (November 8, 1521)

16p - Return to Spain  (September 6, 1522)

16p - Victoria, The First Ship That First Circumnavigated the World


192p Miniature Sheets of 12 -   2,000

    16p x 12 - Se-tenant Blocks of 12 




First Day Covers:  Manila




First Circumnavigation of the World - 500th Anniversary

The first circumnavigation of the world was that of the ship Victoria between 1519 and 1522, which sailed from Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain in 1519 and returned in 1522, after crossing the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. 

Financed by King Charles I, the voyage crossed the Atlantic Ocean, with several stops, to the southern tip of South America.  It then continued across the Pacific, discovering a number of islands on its way (including Guam), before arriving in the Philippines.  

The voyage was initially led by Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan but he was killed in Mactan, Philippines in 1521. The remaining sailors decided to circumnavigate the world, and continued across the Indian Ocean, to the southern cape of Africa, north along Africa's Atlantic coasts, and back to Spain in 1522. Of the 270 crew members who set out from Seville, only 18 were still with the expedition at the end including its surviving captain, the Spaniard Juan Sebastián Elcano.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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