MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office), together with Secretary Michael Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) and Undersecretary Debold Sinas of the Office of the President, unveiled four (4) “new generation” of Philippine Postcards at the opening of the first Visayas Art Fair, the biggest gathering of Filipino Artists from all over the country held at Montebello Hotel in Cebu City from Nov. 25-28.
The new generation of Philippine Postcards commemorates the outstanding achievements of Filipinos in different fields of endeavors’ which include:
• Living Legends: World-renowned Filipinos Series I, featuring bowling world champion Paeng Nepomuceno, chess grandmaster Eugene Torre, broadway star and singer Lea Salonga, innovator and tech entrepreneur Diosdado Banatao, fashion designer and entrepreneur Josie Natori, NBA star Jordan Clarkson, billiard legend Efren “Bata” Reyes and iconic Filipino mascot Jollibee. Cebuano’s pride, multi-awarded designer Kenneth Cobonpue and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier completed the list.
• The country’s first Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz
• The Philippines’ Miss Universe: Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray
• Postcards highlighting Cebu- depicting the Quincentennial Commemorations of the 500th Anniversary of the Arrival of Santo Nino, the 500th Anniversary of the Victory in the Battle of Mactan and the Mother of All Maps, the Murillo Velarde Map.
A postcard is a piece of thick paper or thin cardboard, typically rectangular, intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. According to the Post Office, while stamps are windows through which we see the world, Postcards are the doors to which we explore it. Postcards are used to travel to distant lands, promote creativity and arts, express our feelings and emotions, while we keep in touch with our loved ones.
Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio said,” Post Office is at the forefront of change. Apart from the usual delivery of mails and parcels, this time we will be the bearer of good news, hope, and inspiration to millions of our countrymen in every part of the world”.
He added, “as the pandemic subsides, maybe this is the perfect time to inject a breath of fresh air, appreciate the artistic talents of our countrymen and introduce a new generation of stamps and postcards recognizing the true Philippine treasure, the most valuable asset of our country – the Filipino people”.
The “new generation” of Philippine postcards have a paper quality of 135gsm, glossy, and matt finished with a new size of about 250mm (width) x150mm (height) and rectangular. Postcards and commemorative stamps are available at the “Visayas Art Fair” Post Office Booth until Nov. 28. The public is invited to visit Cebu City Central Post Office (near Plaza Independencia) and the Manila Central Post Office Postshop in Liwasang Bonifacio to buy these items.