The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has released stamps, souvenir sheets, and official first day covers commemorating the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games or the 2019 SEA Games, plus special stamps for Pasko (Christmas) 2019.
The SEA Games stamp costs 12 pesos. Featured on one sheet of eight stamps are selected sports: weightlifting, badminton, cycling, and billiards beside the motto, “We Win As One”. Each stamp bears the logo of the Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games.
The stamps were designed by PHLPost’s in-house graphic artist Rodine Teodoro. The souvenir sheet (die-cut to the silhouette of a basketball player) sells for 67 pesos, and features the sports tennis, gymnastics, and track and field on one stamp and two hands clasped in solidarity.
The SEA Games 2019 stamps, souvenir sheets, and official first day covers are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.
There are 56 sports spread out over a total of 530 separate events operating at venues such as Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and other areas. This SEA Games is notable for the inclusion of e-sports.
The first Southeast Asian Games (also referred to as “SEA Games”) is a bienniel event that started in 1959. This year, there were 11 participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
While you’re at it, you may want to buy the special “Maligayang Pasko” stamp sheet, too. This year’s Christmas design features a children’s choir and their families at a novena mass held at dawn, popularly known as Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, which starts on December 16 and ends on the morning of December 24.
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