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