Thursday, January 31, 2013

1959 World Tourist Conference

The International Union of Official Travel Organizations (IUOTO) held its XIVth World Tourist Conference in Manila from November 18 to 26, 1959.  The IUOTO was a  non-governmental organization made up of national tourist organisations, and industry and consumer groups.

The Bureau of Posts issued a lovely set of stamps on November 18, 1959  featuring Maria Cristina Falls, a tourist destination, located on the island of Mindanao.

The Maria Cristina Falls are twin falls located about 10 km from Iligan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls.

First Day of Issue Cancellation

The 1959 IUOTO Conference logo was included in the first day of issue cancellation.

First Day Covers

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

1959 United Nations Day

The Bureau of Posts marked United Nations Day, October 24, 1959, with the release of a previously issued stamp which was overprinted and surcharged for the occasion. The 18c denomination of the 1949 U.P.U. 75th anniversary issue was overprinted "United Nations Day" and surcharged 6c.

First Day of Issue Cancellation

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

First Day Covers

Overseas Mailers

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

1959 City of Bacolod

The City of Bacolod, capital of the province of Negros Occidental in the western Visayas region was honored on October 1, 1959, when the Bureau of Post released a set of stamps featuring  the "Official Seal" of Bacolod.

Bacolod is a major port and processing center in a sugar-cane region. Known as being a friendly city, Bacolod is referred to as the "City of Smiles" and according to MoneySense Magazine  is one of the best places in the Philippines to live.

The City of Bacolod stamps were printed by the Government Printing Bureau of Japan and picture the Official Seal above an image of a sugar refinery.

Sugar refinery

First Day of Issue Cancellation

 The City of Bacolod Coat of Arms is included in the first day of issue cancellation.

First Day Covers

Water Buffalo Sculpture

 The Capitol Park and Lagoon is a provincial park located in Bacolod City.  One of the features of the park are matching sculptures depicting a woman standing alongside a water buffalo and that of a man pulling another water buffalo.

 Capitol Park and Lagoon

 Water Buffalo (carabao) sculpture

The cachet below shows the sculpture of the man being pulled by a water buffalo.

Monday, January 28, 2013

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) which operated from 1955 to 1977.

In 1954, the Bureau of Posts overprinted and surcharged definives stamps to mark the Manila Conference.


On September 8. 1959, the fifth anniversary of the  signing of the Manila Pact, two commemorative stamps were issued featuring the Philippines Congress Building (now the National Museum), the site of the Manila Conference of 1954.

Congress of the Philippines

First Day of Issue Cancellation

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

First Day Covers

Overseas Mailers


1960 SEATO Conference Washington

The Sixth Annual Conference of SEATO began in Washington on May 31, 1960. The U.S. issued a 4 cent commemorative stamp to mark the occasion.