MANILA – The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is set to unveil special commemorative stamps and souvenir sheets this weekend to mark the canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II in Vatican City.
In a statement released Thursday, PHLPost said postmaster general Josie dela Cruz will present the stamps and souvenir sheets to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during the celebration of the canonization activity at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, April 27.
“We are proud to release the first circular stamps in 3D embossed and in gold foil stamping as our fitting tribute to Pope John Paul III, who is well-loved by Filipino Catholics, and Pope John XXIII,” dela Cruz said.
Designed by Jose Antonio Jayme, the gold-foiled 3D circular postage stamps are 38 mm in size and are valued at P200 each. The souvenir sheets, on the other hand, measure 105 mm x 70 mm.
Both the stamps and souvenir sheets feature the images of the two popes and their corresponding emblems in the background.
PHLPost has produced 10,000 pieces of the Blessed John Paul II souvenir sheets and 5,000 copies for Pope John XXIII.
These will be available for sale starting Monday, April 28, at the Post Shop and PHLPost Philatelic and Retail Division located at the Manila Central Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio.