Stamps featuring the Filipino Christmas Carol

In celebration of the Yuletide Season, the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) has launched the “Pasko 2009: Filipino Christmas Carol, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” stamps last November 18. It is classified as a “Special” kind of issue with denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 125,000 pieces.

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination & Quantity: Php7.00 / 125,000 pieces
Date of Issue: November 18, 2009
Last date of Sale: November 17, 2010 (or as stocks allow)
Sheet Composition: 50 (5 x 10)
Size of Stamp : 30 mm x 40 mm.
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer: Corazon T. Loza
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Design Concept: Nena De Guzman
Designs: Scenarios during the Yuletide season highlighting the birth of the Child Jesus, with the lyrics of Filipino Christmas Carol, “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” composed by Levi Celerio, National Artist.

“Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” is a traditional Filipino Christmas song. It was originally composed by Vicente D. Rubi and Mariano Vestil in 1933 as Kasadya ning Táknaa (English: How Blissful is this Season!). A version of the song in Tagalog was used by Josefino Cenizal as a marching song for “Ang Pugad ng Aguila” (Hawk’s Nest) in 1938. National Artist Levi Celerio also wrote Tagalog lyrics to the song during the 1950′s. The song is still sung today in various communities, especially in Churches both in the Philippines and abroad. Read more

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