Palarong Pambansa special stamps launched by PHLPOST

Palarong Pambansa (Filipino for “National Games”) participated by student-athletes from 17 regions in the country is an annual sport spectacle. Special and personalized stamps and first day cover was issued by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) last April 15 to mark the opening of the annual sport fest.

 Palarong Pambansa Special Stamps

The first national games was held in 1948. This marked its 70th founding anniversary. PHLPOST issued a set of personalized multi-sport special commemorative stamps which is ideal for topical or thematic stamp collectors.  National Capital Region or NCR still tops the medal haul with 100 gold medals, 70 silver and  73 bronze medals.

Popular sport
Palarong Pambansa stamps

The Palarong Pambansa (National Games) is a week-long sports gathering which kicked off last week in heritage town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur province and is organized by the Department of Education or DepEd.

Palarong Pambasa
Postmaster General for Marketing Louie Carlos (left) and Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson.

The Palarong Pambansa is the culmination of school sports competition, which started from local intramurals, followed by provincial and regional athletic meets.

 Postage Stamps
We have decided to come up with postage stamps in order to feel the excitement and
action of the sports in the Palarong Pambansa. Also, these postage stamps may somehow
inspire people especially the youth to engage in physical education and learn the values
inherent in sports”, Postmaster General Joel Otarra said.
Philippine Postal Corporation has printed limited copies of 1,000 generic sheets of four (4) P17 stamps with four (4) labels representing different sporting events which can be purchased at Php 150.00 per sheet. Another 4,000 pieces of the personalized sheets were printed which also contains four (4) P17 stamps with corresponding personalized labels valued at Php 150 per sheet.
Technical Description

Generic SheetPersonalizedSheet

Kind of Issue                                              : Special
Denomination & Quantity
Generic Sheet (selling price)              : Php 150 (with 4 x Php 17 stamps + 4 labels) – – – 1,000 Sheets
Personalized Sheet (selling price)                 : P150 (with 4 x P17 stamps + 4 Personalized labels to be printed) – – –                                                                       4,000 Sheets
Date of Issue                                              : April 16, 2018
Size of sheet                                              :150mm x 100mm

Sheet Composition
Generic & Personalized Sheets                     : Sheets of 4 + 4 labels
Perforation :14
Printing Process                                         : Litho Offset (4 colors)
Paper                                                        : Imported Unwatermarked
Printer                                                      : Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer                                                   : Eunice Beatrix Uy Dabu
Designs                                : Stamps featuring boxing, gymnastics, volleyball and basketball

Graphic artist Eunice Beatrix Dabu designed the special Palarong Pambansa stamps.
Palarong Pambansa “popular sports” special postage stamps and its official first day cover is available at the ground floor, Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000, Manila and all major postal areas of the Philippine Postal Corporation.
Rence Chan

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