The unveiling of the stamps was led by Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio, Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines & Executive Director of the National Quincentennial Committee, Dr. Rene Escalante, Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu – Philippines, Rev. Fr. Andres Rivera, Jr., OSA and the Archbishop of Cebu, Most Rev. Jose Palma, DD.
It was followed by the signing of the official first-day cover of the Santo Niño at 500 commemorative stamp done by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles Brown, Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D., Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio, Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Visayas Michael Dino and Dr. Rene Escalante.
According to PHLPOST’s Pilipinas Philately Facebook Page, “Stamps are commissioned for important moments from our history, featuring our culture and heritage while showcasing our country’s many manifestations of art.”
Moreover, the post stated that the milestone commemoration of the arrival of the image of Señor Santo Niño is one such important moment that recalled the uniqueness of Filipino culture.
The se-tenant pair stamp features a close-up of the original image of the Santo Niño wearing his royal regalia during the 2019 Fiesta Señor. On the other side is the logo of the Santo Niño at 500 celebrations organized by the Augustinian Province of Santo Niño de Cebu-Philippines with the dates 1521 and 2021 flanking its left and right sides. Below the logo is the inscription “Santo Niño, the abiding presence of the Father in our journey of faith”, which is the theme of the celebration.
The Stamps and the Official First Day Covers of “Santo Niño at 500 – 1521-2021: Santo Niño, the Abiding Presence of the Father in Our Journey of Faith” are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 1, Tuguegarao, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro, and Postal Area 9, Zamboanga.
The launching was one of the three major events held on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. The first one was the opening of the exhibit “Paghangop: The Filipinos and the Santo Niño,” by the National Quincentennial Committee under the National Historical Commission and the declaration of the Basilica and Magellan’s kiosk as National Treasures by the National Museum.