PASKO 2018 featuring  “NOCHE BUENA”

Kind of Issue : Special Perforation : 14

Printing Process: Litho Offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Denomination & Quantity : P12 - - - 50,000 (4 designs) Printing Process: Litho Offset (4 colors)

Date of Issue : October 31, 2018 Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Last Day of Sale : October 30, 2019 Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm Designer : Rodine C. Teodoro

Sheet Composition : 16 (4 x 4) Designs : A typical scene of Filipino

get-together usually done after attending the mass

known as “Misa de Gallo”.

Noche Buena is often the biggest feast for the Christmas season. Noche Buena, literally “ the Good Night,” is the Spanish word for “Christmas Eve”. In the Philippines, the evening consists of a traditional dinner with lechon. Roasted Pig or lechon (roasted suckling pig) is often the center piece of Noche Buena. It is believed that the tradition, dates back to the 15th century when Carribean colonists hunted down pigs and roasted them with a powerful flame.

Here in the Philippines, the traditional dinner comes at midnight after the family hears the late evening mass known as “Misa de Gallo”. Some of the more conventional dishes served for the main course includes: lechon, pancit, hamon, lumpia, queso de bola (Filipino Spanish for “ball cheese”, which is made of edam cheese sealed in paraffin wax and steamed rice. Desserts includes Puto Bumbong (a purple sticky delicacy steamed in bamboo tubes, buttered, then sprinkled with brown sugar and shredded dried coconut meat); bibingka (rice flour and egg-based cake, cooked, using coal burners above and under); fruit salad; fruits; ice cream and suman.

Christmas in the Philippines is one of the biggest holidays in the country. Filipinos celebrate the world’s longest Christmas season with Christmas carols, heard as early as September and lasting either Epiphany the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, or the Feast of Sto. Nino, in the third Sunday of January. The official observance of the Simbang Gabi on December 16 until the Feast of Epiphany on the first Sunday of the following year.

Stamps and Official First Day Covers of Pasko 2018: NOCHE BUENA will be available starting October 31, 2018, at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and all the postal areas of the Philippine Postal Corporation.