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PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost to issue stamp for 400 year old church in Malabon

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In honor of one of the oldest churches in the country, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue stamps commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the San Bartolome Parish de Malabon.

PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing Luis D. Carlos will present the Quadricentennial Commemorative Stamps to Rev. Fr. Ricardo D. Torrefiel, parish priest of San Bartolome Parish de Malabon on May 17, Saturday at Poblacion, Malabon City.

Augustinian priests founded the first parish of San Bartolome de Malabon on May 17, 1964, the day of its independence from "Vicariato" of Tondo, Manila.

The commemorative stamp features the old structure as it diffuses alongside the renovated and preserved edifice of the parish insinuating the massive transformation the building has gone through, the image of Saint Bartholomew (Malabonís patron saint) and the quadricentennial logo on its foreground.

San Bartolome Parish de Malabon Quadricentennial stamp measures 80mm x 30mm which is 40mm wider than the usual issuance and designed by PHLPost in-house artist Victorino Z. Serevo.

The massive San Bartolome Parish de Malabon is one of the old churches in the Philippines that houses the patron saint of Malabon City and has ionic columns inspired by Greco-Roman temple. The splendid dome's ceiling is dotted with paintings of Saints and biblical scenes.

Stamps will be available starting May 17, 2014 with a limited number of 104, 000 printed copies amounting to P20.00 each. The commemorative stamps will be sold at the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all regional offices of PHLPost.