StampNews.com got to know that on the 14th of January the mall hosted the opening of the Pope Francis Stamp Exhibit in partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost). Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, Philpost Postmaster General CEO Josefina dela Cruz, Philpost Chairman Cesar Sarino, and other event contributors and organizers were also in attendance.
The stamp exhibit was organized to celebrate the apostolic visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines from January 15 to 19, 2015. Besides the Pope Francis stamps, the exhibit also features postage stamps memorabilia issued by PhilPost during the apostolic visits of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Pope Francis from 1970 up to 2015.
Philpost presented five designs for the new Pope Francis stamps. According to Philpost Chairman Sarino, the designs were chosen from a particular set of people. "We have one in-house design, made by Rodin Teodoro, two designs created by students, and two more from professionals", Sarino said.
Teodoro's design was also chosen to be the special coinage stamp and like the other stamp designs, follows the theme of "Mercy and Compassion". The printing technology used for this one-of-a-kind stamp is 3D embossing hot copper foil with a limited production of 7,000 pieces only. This coinage stamp measuring 9cm x 9cm will be sold at Php200.
Sarino also emphasized that stamp collecting should be seen as an art. "We're trying to bring back the interest in philately or the art of stamp collecting", noted Sarino.
Archbishop Tagle also praises and supports this more traditional way of sending messages and communicating. Imparting his own thoughts on the launching of the papal stamps, Tagle expressed the value and dignity in hand written letters along with its seals and stamps. The cardinal said, "Each stamp represents a story of a nation, and each letter holds a story of a person".
Before concluding the event, the archbishop shed light on the purpose of launching the papal stamps and why stamps remain relevant. "Pope Francis himself is a stamp of mercy and compassion, a living letter, and so it is just fitting that we are holding this event. We start with a simple stamp, with a letter, then to another level of how we can become a living message of God to other people".