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LOOK: These Limited-Edition Stamps Celebrate 500 Years of PH Christianity!

They highlight two themes for the jubilee year: the first Easter Mass and the Filipinos' Catholic devotion.

On Monday, March 22, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released a pair of commemorative stamps for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. The launch was done ahead of the March 31 celebrations for the country’s first Easter Mass.

The stamps, as seen on the PHLPost website, highlight two themes for the jubilee year: the first Easter Mass held in Limasawa Island, and the Filipinos’ Catholic devotion.

The first stamp commemorates the first Easter Mass. It  bears a picture of Limasawa Island, and has the inscription, “500 Years of Christianity – Diocese of Maasin – 151 March 31 – 2021.” (Read: NHCP Confirms First Easter Sunday Mass Held in Limasawa Island)

The second stamp, meanwhile, pays tribute to the Filipinos’ Catholic devotion. It bears the image of a priest upholding the Eucharist, and has the caption, “Limasawa – A Gift of 500 Years of Faith & Discipleship.”

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Stamp design for First Easter Mass in Philippines (Photo from PHLPOST courtesy of CBCP News)

Quincentennial Logo

Aside from the symbolic images, the commemorative stamps also bear the official logo for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. (Read: Jamie Rivera Sings the Theme Song for 500 Years of PH Christianity)

Captioned “500 Years of Christianity – Diocese of Maasin: Quincentennial of the First Easter Mass in Limasawa,” the logo features an image of a priest raising the Holy Eucharist.

This same logo was also used by the Diocese of Maasin in its official first day cover for the quincentennial celebrations on March 31 at Limasawa island.

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On the official first day cover, the logo is set on a retablo of the First Mass at the Sanctuary of the Parish Church of the First Holy Mass and Holy Cross Parish in Barangay Triana, Limasawa Island. (Photos from Pilipinas Philately Facebook)

Commemorative Stamps

According to PHLPost, the commemorative stamps will be available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, and all Mega Manila Post Offices. Both stamps are sold for a low price of 12 PHP each. (Look: Vatican has some of the most beautiful stamps in the world!)

The stamps can also be purchased at the Postal Area 1 in Tuguegarao, Postal Area 2 in San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4 in San Pablo, Postal Area 5 in Mandaue, Postal Area 6 in Iloilo, Postal Area 7 in Davao, Postal Area 8 in Cagayan de Oro, and Postal Area 9 in Zamboanga.

For more information, visit the PHLPost website.

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