Knowledge And Fun With Topical Stamp Collecting at Philpex 2012

Id like to share with you today an article featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, written by Jeannette I Andrade, about storytelling with thematic postage stamps. Enjoy!


Hobbyists offer view of the personal, plus history through stamps
By Jeannette I. Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer

ROBERT Tan, president of the Philippine Philatelic Federation Stamp Collecting Hobby

ROBERT Tan, president of the Philippine Philatelic Federation: Reviving an interest in what is considered as the world’s most fascinating hobby. PHOTO BY NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Before children of the new generation forget how a stamp looks like, postage stamp collectors and the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) have teamed up and brought out their treasured compilations for the public to see the biggest stamp exhibit to be held in the country.

The Philippine Philatelic Exhibition (Philpex) 2012 is out to prove that stamp-collecting still has a place in the hearts of the young who have become so obsessed with instant communication that writing letters in longhand has become almost like a dying art.

Philpex 2012 is a festival of international exhibits and entries from member clubs of the Philippine Philatelic Federation (PPF) with the theme “Knowledge and fun through stamp-collecting.” The public can view the display for free until Feb. 3 at the main lobby of the Central Post Office at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

Collectors from the Cebu Philatelic Society, the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club (FSCC), the International Philippine Philatelic Society, the Naga City Philatelic Society, the Philippine Chinese Philatelic Society, the Quezon Philatelic Society and the Dumaguete Stamp Club have lent their rare diverse collections for the common cause of reviving a flagging interest in what is generally considered the world’s most fascinating hobby.

Lawrence Chan, FSCC officer, told the Inquirer that the exhibit is a show-and-tell on a much grander scale where participants in the competition and exhibit produce baby theses on their respective multi-themed collections.


“In their presentations, they describe their collections, including a brief history and discussion on the stamps or other philatelic materials they have included. Sometimes they tell stories of themselves in the process, allowing a person going through the collection to get an insight on the exhibitor,” Chan explained.

Among the more intriguing displays is a presentation by Dionisio Taeza which he dubbed “Friends Never Die, They Just Fade Away,” for which he was awarded a bronze medal under the category of thematic philately.

Taeza’s exhibit featured a long exchange of letters and postcards between him and a friend.

Extraordinary Stamps,” arranged by Jerson Danseco of the Quezon Philatelic Society, lives up to its title, earning for the exhibitor a silver bronze medal under the thematic philately category.

Danseco included a small disc-shaped stamp from the People’s Republic of China, which can be played on any CD player, as well as other odd-shaped postage stamps.

RUIZ Peñafrancia’s collection highlights important events in the life of the late Pope John Paul II. PHOTO BY NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Famous scenes

In his “Hologram” collection, which won for him a large vermeil trophy under the thematic philately category, Nilo Dizon highlighted the history and  of holographic postage stamps in  his massive compilation.

Viewers will notice stamps covered with a thin film of silver foil. Up close, one sees pictures of prominent personalities and famous vistas from the postage stamps’ countries of origin.

Postcards, commemorative coinsas well as stamped envelopes with calligraphic longhand writing on its face to indicate the addressee of the post, are also on display


Chan said the use of multi-media by the exhibitor is generally accepted if it forms part of the theme.

Longhand writing can also earn points for stamp contest competitors, particularly if the person he corresponds with is famous, he said, adding that there is also a need for a catchy title for the collection.

In Ruiz Peñafrancia’s exhibit, “Blessed Pope John Paul II, the Making of a Saint,” for which the philatelist from the Naga City Philatelic Society earned a silver bronze under the thematic philately category, she  showed important events in the late Pope’s life.

The competition features 50 collections, including those from International Philippine Philatelic Society representatives Don Peterson and Hans Becker.

Becker won a large vermeil trophy under traditional philately for his collection of Philippine government and anniversary  slogans.

International standards

Chan said the board used international standards and rules governing philatelic competitions set by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie, a network of philatelists worldwide.

Knowledge, study and research on the theme of the collection, he pointed out, accounted for 35 percent of the rating. The condition and rarity of the postage stamps are 20 percent each, while the condition and importance make up 10 percent of the total score. Presentation accounts for only 5 percent of the total rating.

Among the entries, PPF president Robert Tan’s  “China Pre UPU 1778-1872” and “Philippines: Pre-Philatelic Era” won  gold trophies under the postal history and traditional philately categories.

Young exhibitors

The youth philately exhibits, collections of people below 18 years old, brought a breath of freshness to an otherwise, adult-dominated hobby. Collie Marquez’s “It’s the Cat’s Meow,” a collection of felines on stamps, got a silver medal.

Joanna Argosino’s “The Time Giants Ruled the World,”  dinosaurs depicted on stamps, earned for her a silver under the same category, while  Reena de Jesus ran off with  a vermeil trophy for her “The World of Music” exhibit.

Dojie Lutera, FSSC president who was awarded a vermeil trophy for his “Postal History of the Philippine Cordillera” collection under the postal history category, lamented the dwindling number of stamp collectorsin the country.

Recalling a time when there were more than 100,000 local  stamp hobbyists, he said he hopes Philpex would  “revive an enthusiasm and appreciation” for stamp-collecting.

“The challenge  for us is to renew an interest in philately,” Lutera said. “As you view each exhibit, take time to enjoy the collections. You can see how beautiful the world is through our eyes.”



Famous Quotes From Mark Twain aka Samuel L Clemens in Stamp Collecting

Mark Twain on Worldwide Postage Stamps -  Topical stamp Collecting

Mark Twain on Worldwide Postage Stamps | Source:

It was Mark Twain who said,

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream and discover.”

That’s not something we do in the future. It’s something we do in the now. So, today — Explore. Dream. Discover.

To a Day of Discovery,

Mary Morrissey

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens
November 30, 1835
Florida, Missouri, U.S.
Died April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
Pen name Mark Twain
Occupation Writer, lecturer
Nationality American
Genres Fiction, historical fiction, children’s literature, non-fiction, travel literature, satire, essay, philosophical literature, social commentary, literary criticism
Notable work(s) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Spouse(s) Olivia Langdon Clemens (m. 1870–1904)
Children Langdon, Susy, Clara, Jean

Signature                                                                          Source: Wikipedia


USA-Samuel L Clemens-1940-Mark-Twain-Sc863

USA Samuel L Clemens 1940 Mark Twain Scott #863

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - Postage Stamps

USA -Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - Postage Stamps -Scott 2787

Russia  Mark Twain Scott# 2403 Postage Stamp

Russia 1960 Mark Twain Scott# 2403 Postage Stamp

USA 1972 Tom Sawyer | Mark Twain | Scott # 1470

USA 1972 Tom Sawyer | Mark Twain | Scott # 1470


Mark Twain Famous Quotes On Posters & Canvas Print

    Mark Twain Famous Quote on Posters & Canvas prints
    (Available at – Click on the image)

Happy collecting!

Talk soon,


Your Topical Stamp Collecting Queen ;-)


Saying it with Stamps; Albert Einstein’s Relativity Theory…

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Sometimes our lives can get so busy that we think that we don’t have time to get everything done and certainly don’t have time to pray or meditate.

That is exactly the time when we do need to pause, even for just twenty or thirty seconds.

Take a deep breath.

Gather yourself together and realize some appreciation for this life and you will see that your thinking is clear, your choices are stronger and you really do have the time that is required for everything you need to do.

Albert Einstein 1956 Israel Stamp With Tab Scott 117

Israel 1956 Albert Einstein and Equation of Relativity Scott 117

Einstein was once asked to describe relativity. He said that an hour with the most beautiful girl in the world can feel like a minute, and a minute sitting on top of a very hot stove can feel like an hour.

Today, even with one minute, it may not be a beautiful girl but it is a beautiful world.

Have a Beautiful Day,

Mary Morrissey




Source: www.mlahanas (click on the image to see more Einstein stamps)

Enjoy and talk soon!


your Topical Stamp Collecting Queen ;-)