Christmas 2010 Special Stamps BACK TO LISTNovember 23, 2010
The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) will come up with the Christmas 2010 stamps, which will be issued on November 23, 2010. It is classified as a “Special” kind of issue of four (4) designs with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 100,000 pieces. The Belen is a traditional Filipino Christmas symbol. It is a creche or tableau representing the Nativity scene. Derived from the Spanish term for the town of Bethlehem, it depicts the infant Jesus Christ in the manger, surrounded by the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, the shepherds, their flock, the Magi and some stable animals and angels. Belens can be seen in homes, churches, schools and even office buildings; the ones on office buildings can be extravagant, using different materials for the figures and using Christmas lights, parols, and painted background scenery. The technical description of the Christmas 2010 stamps are as follows: Kind of Issue: Special Denomination and Quantity: Php7.00 / 100,000 pieces (Four (4) designs) Date of Issue: November 23, 2010 Last date of Sale: November 22, 2011 Sheet Composition: 40 (10 x 4) Size: 30 mm x 40 mm Perforation: 14 Printing: Litho offset (4 colors) Paper: Imported Unwatermarked Printer: Amstar Company, Inc. Lay out Artist: Victorino Z. Serevo Design Coordinators: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak Danilo Pangan Designs/ Designers : Designs are focused on the Christmas “Belen” showing the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Two of the designs were taken from the Christmas Stamp Design Contest held in 1989. Stamp Design 1 was taken from the Design of the Creche (Belen) which will be on display at Vatican, Rome this Yuletide season based on the information given by Ambassador Mercedes Tuazon; Stamp Design 2 is an original artwork done by Richard M. Fuentes, (an On-the-Job Trainee for CY2010-2011); Stamp Design 3 is an original artwork done by Noel E. Ferraris, with the enhanced background done by Maverick E. Pineda, (an On-the-Job Trainee for CY2010-2011) and Stamp Design 4 is an original artwork done by Almer B. Axalan, with the enhanced background done by Ponjie Nikko F. Ventura, (an On-the-Job Trainee for CY2010-2011), all students are from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP). The First Day Cover design was taken from an artwork submitted by Rosendo R. Aguilar.