Stamps featuring the Goethe Institut Philippinen

The Philippine Postal Corporation is coming up with the Goethe Institut Philippinen 50th anniversary stamps, on June 19, 2011. It is classified as a “Commemorative” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 172,000 pieces.

Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denomination & Quantity: Php7.00 / 172,000 pieces
Date of Issue: June 19, 2011
Last Day of Sale : June 18, 2012 (or as stocks allow)
Sheet Composition: 40
Size of Stamp : 40 mm x 30 mm
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer: Christian Quiazon
Design Coordinator:  Elenita San Diego
Luisa Zaide

The designs show the relationship of Germany and the Philippines for its common respect for Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ National Hero.

Stamp 1 shows the Jose Rizal statue in Wilhelmsfeld, Germany;
Stamp 2 shows the fountain donated by the German government now found at Luneta Park;
Stamp 3 shows the house where Rizal lived when he was in Germany and the street was named after him “Jose Rizal StraBe;
Stamp 4 bears the colors of the German and Philippine flags, celebrating the deep and continuing friendship between the two countries whose cultural ties have remained strong for over a hundred years.


The Goethe-Institut Philippinen serendipitously commemorates its 50th anniversary in the Philippines this year on the margins of the 150th anniversary of Dr. José Rizal’s birth. Philpost launches this June four stamps celebrating this milestone with designs that pay homage to Dr. Rizal’s legacy and salute the long history of German-Philippine relations to which Rizal has made enduring contributions.

During his stay in Germany, he served as a catalyst for exchange between the two countries. Following his sojourn in France, Rizal travelled to Heidelberg in February of 1886 to study opthalmology under Dr. Otto Becker at the University Eye Clinic. It was there that Rizal wrote A Las Flores de Heidelberg while grappling with a bout of homesickness. Read more

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