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Cory Aquino stamps formally launched at EDSA Shrine

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CORY STAMPS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED, NOW ON SALE. Pinky Aquino Abellada (left), second daughter of former President and democracy icon Corazon C. Aquino unveiled the ceremonial stamps of his mother together with Assistant Postmaster General for Finance Elizabeth C. Tungol held at the EDSA Shrine, Sept. 8 coinciding with the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.The Philippine Postal Corporation will start selling limited number of copies of the stamps together with First Day Cover (FDC) envelopes. For particulars please call the Philatelic Division of the Manila Central Post Office at Tel. 5270032; 5270085. The Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) launched yesterday the limited edition of “Cory stamps” in honor of the late former President Corazon Aquino. Philpost said they would release the limited edition of the “Cory” stamps at 70,000 pieces. Philpost officials said 35,000 pieces would be released initially picturing the two designs of the stamps’ fourth series. The Cory stamps are called “se-tenants” postage stamps, or two-pieces of stamps joined together but bearing two different designs. Philpost released the first Cory stamps shortly after Mrs. Aquino took power in ending the Marcos regime in 1986. The Aquino family represented by daughter Pinky Aquino-Abellada and nephew Rapa Lopa graced the launching ceremonies at the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas, Quezon City yesterday. Abellada, for her part, expressed her family’s appreciation of the continued support for her late mother. The launching of the Cory stamps coincided with the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to which the late president was a known devotee. Philpost assistant postmaster general for finance Elizabeth Tungol handed over to Abellada four hundred pieces of the stamps. A limited number were also made available for sale during the launch, strictly for those invited to the affair. Menchit Ongpin, whose photograph of President Aquino was used in the stamp, and University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts Professor Marco Ruben Malto II, were also given smaller versions of the stamp frame for their respective contributions to the preparation of the iconic stamps. Postmaster General Hector Villanueva, who was not present in yesterday’s ceremonies due to an illness, issued a statement expressing hopes that the fourth Cory stamp would serve as a permanent reminder to all Filipinos in the present and future generations, of the late much-beloved president, especially her valuable contribution to the country.