160th anniversary of the first Philippine stamps

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A few days ago, I went to the Naga City post office to mail a package. I passed by the office of the post master to see if they had any philatelic items for sale. They had a lot of souvenir sheets and first day covers, all at very reasonable prices. I had to limit my purchases; I read in a book that if one is to be a collector and not just an accumulator, one has to choose a very narrow theme. Right now I’m thinking of limiting my philatelic collection to “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps.”

I bought this “2014 National Stamp Collecting Month (November) 160 Years First Philippine Stamps 1854-2014” sheet of sixteen 10-peso stamps for 160 pesos. (Unfortunately, the souvenir sheet of four 20-peso stamps was sold out. This is quite unfortunate; only 5,000 souvenir sheets were made and I think they had embossing.)

I was surprised to learn (from the Philippine Postal Corporation website) that “[t]he Philippines was the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps.” More information about the first Philippine postage stamps can be found here.

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