In celebration of 2022 National Stamp Collecting Month and the 255th Anniversary of the establishment of the Philippine Postal System, the Philippine Stamp Collectors Society (PSCS), in cooperation with the Philippine Post Office, held its annual Stamp Bazaar last November 12, 2022. It was held at the historic Manila Central Post Office lobby in Liwasang Bonifacio.
The primary purpose of the Post Office is not only to deliver letters and parcels but also to recognize and immortalize the rich history, culture, and achievements of the Philippines through the issuance of stamps, postcards, and official philatelic items.
Enthusiasts of all ages proved that the popularity of stamps in the everyday life of Filipinos has not disappeared, even with the popularity of the internet.
“Stamps have not lost their worth; stamps become even more meaningful for stamp lovers and stamp collectors because of their historic, cultural and educational value,” PSCS President Jorge Cuyugan said.
Those who are engaged in stamp collecting are one in saying that they were entertained and gained knowledge. Others said it was an investment opportunity.
Philately, or stamp collecting, has been around for over a hundred years in the country and has enticed millions of people from all over the world. Postage stamps could be likened to a miniature art collection, an exotic library, or a museum of world icons.
Stamps are categorized into themes such as the environment, world cultural celebrities and national heritage, landscapes or animals, sports, heroism, and more.
A free guided heritage tour was also organized in and around the iconic post office building. The post office was built in 1926 and is considered an Important Cultural Property by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).
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