Saturday, April 5, 2014

1964 Manila Pact 10th Anniversary

The 1964 Manila Pact issue was the third set which the Philippines released to commemorate the defence treaty that created the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

1954 Manila Conference
1959 5th Anniversary Manila Pact

An eight-nation conference opened in Manila on September 6, 1954, to create a treaty designed to prevent communist aggression is Southeast Asia. The United States, Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, and Pakistan signed the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (also know as the Manila Pact) on September 8, 1954. The agreement created the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

Unlike the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO) , SEATO did not create its own military structure, nor did it oblige its members to respond if one was was attacked. SEATO was disbanded in 1977.

 The Manila Conference was held in the Congress Building

SEATO Stamps

The SEATO stamps printed by the English firm of De La Rue were issued on September 8, 1964.

First Day of Issue Cancellation

The SEATO emblem was included in the first day of issue cancellation.

First Day Covers

Saturday, November 9, 2013

1964 Anti-TB Semi-Postals

The 1964 Anti-Tuberculosis stamp set featured the Negros Oriental TB Pavilion.

Day of Issue : August 10, 1964

First Day Covers

The following are NOT in the author's collection:


Friday, November 8, 2013

1964 Apolinario Mabini

On July 23, 1964, as set of three commemorative stamps was issued to mark the centenary of the birth of Apolinario Mabini, "the sublime paralytic". Also known as the "Brains of the Revolution", Mabini was a respected advisor to General Emilio Aguinaldo. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines has posted this brief biography:
Apolinario Mabini, the Revolution’s political philosopher, proved that illness was no hindrance to greatness.

 In 1896, Mabini’s was struck down by polio; the disease paralyzed both his legs. In illness Mabini’s mind became even sharper. With the Spanish-American War looming on the horizon, he wrote a manifesto warning Filipinos not to trust the Americans. The document made its way to Hong Kong, into the hands of the exiled leaders of the 1896 revolution. General Emilio Aguinaldo sent for Mabini, who at first meeting disappointed him. What was he supposed to do with this cripple? But when Mabini spoke, Aguinaldo saw his worth. From then on, Mabini was installed as Aguinaldo’s adviser, earning for himself the accolade “Brains of the Revolution.”

At the outbreak of the Filipino-American War in 1899, Mabini was captured by the Americans and was imprisoned for almost two years. Upon his release, he wrote patriotic articles for the local papers. Angered, the Americans exiled him to Guam.

 Fearing he would never see the Philippines again, Mabini reluctantly took an oath of allegiance to the United States that allowed him to come home in February 1903. On May 13, 1903 he died of cholera at the age of 39.

The stamps feature Mabini sitting regally on a rattan chair.

Mabini Chairs

I have been unable to find a photograph of Mabini sitting in the style of chair shown on the commemorative stamps.

Mabini in his "invalid" chair

Mabini convalescent chair
(Kevin Michael Aguinaldo)

First Day of Issue Cancellation

First Day Covers

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

1964 Jose Rizal : New Famous Filipinos XI

Jose Rizal was featured on the 6s definitive and official stamps issued on June 19, 1964 wearing the traditional "Barong Tagalog" shirt. Although Rizal was a Filipino nationalist, there are no photographs of him wearing a barong. However Rizal appreciated indigenous clothing and textiles, and donated his collection to the Ethnological Museum of Berlin in 1887. Among the artifacts was a barong tagalog, but no evidence that it had ever been worn by Rizal.

 Rizal collection, Ethnological Museum of Berlin
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Berlin, Germany

First Day of Issue Cancellation

First Day Covers