Stamps featuring the Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company (MERALCO)

Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denomination and Quantity: P5.00 – – – – – 210,000
Date of Issue: January 31,2003
Last Day of Sale: April 30, 2003
Sheet Composition: 20 (4 x 5)
Size of Stamp: 40mm x30mm
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Graphic/Designer: Benjie C. Mallari

On March 14, 1903, the Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company (MERALCO) was incorporated in the State of New Jersey. The incorporation followed Ordinance No. 44 of the Municipal Board of Manila, which was passed on March 24, 1903, granting Detroit entrepreneur Charles M. Swift a franchise "to operate an electric street railway service and to furnish electric current for light, heat, and power in the city and its suburbs …" Thus began a saga of service – moving people in tranvias and autobuses for over four decades and providing electric power for ten decades. Read more.

Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available starting January 28, 2003 at the Philatelic Division, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.


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