StampNews.com is glad to introduce a new joint issue by Israel and Philippines dedicated to their long-lasting friendship in various fields of these countries' life. Such strong relationships between two countries are represented by the Open Doors Monument that marks the assistance of the Philippines provided to Jewish refugees during WWII. The philatelic issue has been already designed and is to be released on the 27th of January.
The relations between Israel and the Philippines are founded upon two events that were morally and politically significant for the Israeli and Philippine peoples.
The first event was the decision made by Manuel L. Quezon, the President of the Philippines at the time, to open his country's gates to Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria on the eve of WWII, which stood in stark contrast to the conduct of the "enlightened" nations during that period.
The second event was that the Philippines was the only Asian country to vote in favor of Israel at the United Nations on November 29, 1947 during the historic decision that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and the recognition thereof by the family of nations.
This friendly relationship is also related to the fact that Israel is the Holy Land and the land of the Bible, which greatly affects the Philippino people. According to a study conducted by the Anti-defamation League, the Philippines is one of the only countries in the world that has virtually no anti-Semitism, a fact that is in line with the two countries' joint history.
Israel has a significant Filipino population, whose contribution to the welfare for incurable patients and the disabled is greatly appreciated. Against the background of this appreciation, a Filipino nursing worker won Israel's "X-Factor" competition in 2014, creating waves of support for Israel as an open and tolerant society.
In support of their special relationship, Israel was the first country to provide aid to the Philippines in late 2014 as it was faced with disaster in the wake of the strongest typhoon in history and the Philippines' gratitude was felt throughout Filipino society.