MANILA, April 27 -- The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) announced the launching of special commemorative stamps and souvenir sheets today, April 27, marking the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II in Vatican City.
Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz will formally present the stamps and souvenir sheets to His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila during the celebration of the canonization activity, sponsored by the Jesuit Foundation and Araneta family to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, a statement said.
For the first time, PHLPost will be presenting a unique 3D, embossed, and in gold foil stamping of the Circular Postage Stamps valued at P200 per piece.
The limited edition stamps and souvenir sheets carry the images of the two most popular Popes which will be the central figure in Vatican City and their corresponding emblem at the background.
The souvenir sheet that goes with the circular stamp is measured at 105 mm X 70 mm while the Stamps at 38 mm in size. Graphic designer and In-house layout artist Jose Antonio Jayme designed the canonization stamps.
“We are proud to release the first Circular stamps in 3D embossed and in gold foil stamping as our fitting tribute to Pope John Paul II, who is well loved by Filipino Catholics, and Pope John XXIII”, said Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz.
PHlPost has produced 10,000 pieces of Blessed John Paul II souvenir sheets and 5,000 copies for Pope John XXIII. The said souvenir sheets will be available for sale starting Monday, April 28, at the Post Shop and PHLPost Philatelic & Retail Division located at the Manila Central Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio. (PHLPOST)