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PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost releases commemorative stamps to mark Ilocos Sur 200 years anniversary

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue commemorative stamps to mark the 200 years anniversary of the province of locos Sur.

The Ilocos Sur Bicentennial Stamps will showcase the beauty and rich culture of the province famous for its national shrine, historic landmark, heritage museums, ancestral houses and cobble-stoned streets that has attracted thousands of tourists.

PHLPost will issue a special set of block of four stamps and a souvenir sheet with two circular stamps. The said stamps feature six colorful circular designs and illustrations of some of the well known tourist attractions which summarizes the beauty and grandeur of Ilocos Sur.

The historic Calle Crisologo- major tourist attractions in Vigan City are filled with Spanish-style houses that evoke a bygone era is included in the stamp.

Other major tourist attraction is the Sta. Maria Church, one of the four baroque churches in the Philippines and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It was built in 1810 on a narrow hill by a defensive wall overlooking the town’s poblacion.

The popular Pinsal Falls featured in the stamp is located in Barangay Baballasioan in Sta. Maria. The 85-foot-high waterfall is the largest in Ilocos Sur and is a popular location for filming Filipino movies and a favorite spot for swimming and picnicking.

The stamp also highlight the historic Bessang Pass Natural Monument, a protected area and memorial that commemorates the victory on June 14, 1945 by Filipino soldiers serving the U.S. Armed Forces in the Philippines Northern Luzon over the imperial Japanese Army.

The famous Bantay Bell Tower, one of Vigan’s most iconic symbols can also be seen in the stamp released by PHLPost. First built in 1591, it served as the town’s watchtower before being turned into a bell tower by the nearby church in 1857.

The "Pagburnayan", which refers to the handcrafted earthenware pots made from Vigan, is also featured in the stamp. The materials used for pottery are made from bantog clays, which are dug from the western barangays of the city.

PHLPost has printed 96,000 copies of the stamps which can be purchased at P12.00 each. Another 8,500 pieces of the souvenir sheet is being sold at P150 each for stamp collectors.

Graphic artist Rodine Teodoro designed the Ilocos Sur Bicentennial Stamps.
The stamps and official first day cover are now available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.