|Philippines' first Christmas postage stamps|
The 10-centavo Christmas postage stamp was used for local mail in 1967; as a young student I got some used issues, soaked off the envelopes of letters. It was many years later that I saw and fell in love with the blue 40-centavo issue, not knowing the existence of such a bright partner to the so-familiar 10-centavo nativity scene. Lovely is the concept of Mary in saya carrying the haloed Jesus, and Joseph in barong holding a stalk of sugar cane, probably acquired in the field leading to Mt. Mayon, lighted by a star shining brightly. Completing the scene is the carabao, replacing the western donkey. I learned that 40 centavos was the air mail rate, and, receiving no mail from abroad, I did not get to see it until my allowance was increased to start my collection of Republic stamps.
|1968 Christmas caroling set|
|1980 Christmas Tree single and FDC|
|1980 and 1981 surcharges of 1979 set|
|1982 Santa in Barong set|
|1983 Lechon strip set with first Christmas S/S|
|1984 se-tenant set|