Philpost to issue Cory stamps

Date Posted: October 12, 2009
The Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) will issue Se-tenants Stamps (pair of two) for the late President Corazon C. Aquino on September 08, whose ideal legacy of having regained democracy by freeing the country from dictatorship. The Se-tenants stamps are a special issue stamp wherein the image of the subject is placed side-by-side to form a single stamp. Mrs. Aquino, 76, died on Aug. 1 after a long battle with colon cancer. The outpouring of support and sympathy for the Aquino Family after a five-day wake saw the nation wrapped in grief and adulation. She was finally laid to rest and buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Para?aque City beside her assassinated husband, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on August 5. PhilPost has previously issued series of stamps from People Power (1986) to her Presidency in 1992. President Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency in 1986. Philpost has also issued several stamps in honor of Mrs. Aquino’s late husband Ninoy, the latest of which was a commemorative stamp on the occasion of “Sen. Aquino’s 25th Death Anniversary”. The presentation of the stamp was timely indeed as it coincided with the launching of the “I Am Ninoy Youth Movement” last August 2008 at De La Salle University in Taft Avenue. Mrs. Aquino was the guest of honor and speaker at that event. She personally unveiled the stamps in front of the youthful crowd of “I AM NINOY VOLUNTEERS” and several other dignitaries and media personalities. “The Philippine stamps will be a fitting tribute to our beloved President Tita Cory”, Postmaster General Hector R.R. Villanueva said. Philpost will be issuing a limited number of the stamps. Not more than 70,000 pieces of this new Aquino stamp will be made available to the family, collectors and the general public. Aside from the 70,000 pieces of stamps, 400 pieces of first day cover stamps will be printed to be given as souvenirs to selected friends and members of the Aquino family. The photo to be used on the stamp was taken by Menchit Ongpin, a relative of the Aquino clan, while the design was conceptualized by Marco Ruben Trinos Malto II, a fine arts graduate from the University of the Philippines. The production of the stamp is being coordinated from the Aquino family side by Mr. Rapa Lopa, nephew of Mrs. Aquino, who is also the Executive Director of the Benigno Aquino, Jr. Foundation. Postmaster General Villanueva said Mrs. Aquino deserves to have a stamp for her achievements during her six-year presidency that begun in 1986. Aquino is credited for bringing back democracy and reinstituting good governance when she became president. “If Gandhi was able to free India from 370-year British rule, Aquino is equally great because she freed the Filipinos from 14-year dictatorship through peaceful and non violent means, Cory is the mother of People Power here in our country which has been the model of several other peaceful revolutions around the world “, Villanueva said. The shrine was the witness in two people power revolts that shaped Philippine history. Philpost is issuing the stamps on Sept. 8 because the following day will be the 40th day of Aquino’s death.