Culinary icon Mama Sita centennial stamp issued by PHLPOST

The Philippine Postal Corporation  (PHLPost) released the commemorative stamps which commemorated the “100 Years Birth Centenary of Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes”, the great Filipino culinary icon and nationalist.

Mama Sita is considered by many modern foodies and culinary historian as one of the great pioneers in the popularization of Filipino foods. She was born on May 11, 1917 in Manila to a family known for great culinary icons.


“We are proud to be part of this important milestone in paying tribute to “Mama Sita’s birth centenary” and her untiring effort and dedication of keeping the flavors of Filipino Food one of the world’s best”, Postmaster General Joel Otarra said.

 Mama Sita’s Story

Mama Sita” was the eldest daughter of Doña Engracia “Aling Asiang” Reyes, the founder of Aristocrat Restaurant and regarded as the Grand Old Dame of Philippine restaurateurs.

When she became a mother herself, Mama Sita learned her craft from Aling Asiang in order to raise her brood and supporte her family. Not one to impose on others, she relied on her know-how and keen business sense to earn money. She would made trips to wet and dry markets throughout Manila to secure the cheapest bargains and best buys. She also befriended vendors and gathered a vast amount of knowledge on buying and food preparation from these people.

She would make rounds at Padre Rada, Divisoria or Quinta Market in Quiapo. She would purchase vegetables and bought fruits in Paco. For seafood, she would make early excursions to Divisoria to get her hands on the freshest catch—often for a bargain.

She also founded Marigold Manufacturing Corporation (MMC) that pioneered a line of sauces and mixes that would bring the taste of the Philippines to countless Filipinos here and abroad.

Mama Sita exhibited great interest in Filipino culture and tradition. In every sense, she was proud of being a Filipino.

Designed by Ian Darren Aycocho and Cristian Molina, the stamp is an artist rendition of Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes and a slogan was imprinted that says “Kababayan, Ina, Kusinera”.

Mama Sita
First Day Covers

Technical Description of the Stamp

Php 12.00  Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes – Singles  (80,000)

Designer:  Victoria Avi Roselle Brucelas, Ian Darren Aycocho , Cristian Molina

Lay-out Artist:  Victorino Z. Serevo

 Type of Issue: Commemorative

Quantity: 80,000 copies

Denomination : Php 12.00 per stamp

First Day Covers: 1,500 pieces

2017, December 22.  Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes, Birth Centenary

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perforation 14

Singles (Jumbo Size),  Sheets of  30

The stamps and official first day cover are now available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

Rence Chan

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