Stamps featuring the Our Lady of Piat

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a stamp to commemorate the quadricentennial anniversary of the arrival of the Miraculous Image of the Our Lady of Piat and the golden jubilee of Her Canonical Coronation in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denomination and Quantity: P6.00 – – – – – 100,000
Date of Issue: June 21, 2004
Last Day of Sale: June 21, 2005
Sheet Composition: 50 (10×5) and 8 (4×2)
Size of Stamp: 30mm x 40mm
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Design Coordinator: Joseph D. Medrano
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
Designs: Our Lady of Piat

In a Basilica Minore atop a hill overlooking the Chico River, the image of our Blessed Mother is specially venerated under the title "Our Lady of the Holy Rosary". In 1604, the sons of St. Dominic brought the revered image from Macau, China to the ancient city of Lallo-c, Cagayan, which was then the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia. When the intrepid missionaries started evangelizing the Itawes Region of the Province of Cagayan, they brought with them their "secret weapon" and declared the region under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in effect asking the Lady also known as Our Lady of Visitation of Piat, to assist them in bringing the good news to the "wild and difficult" natives. In 1628, due to the growing devotion to her, a separate church was built in her honor at the present site. On June 20, 1954, on the occasion of the first Marian year in the Philippines, she was crowned Queen of Cagayan Valley. Read more.

 
 
Stamps and Official First Day C?vers will be available starting 21 June 2004 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

 

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