MANILA, May 30, 2011â€” The Philippine Postal Corporation has issued on Monday a limited edition of Blessed Pope John Paul II stamps.
The stamps have a denomination of P7.00 and quantity of 140,000 pieces. Also issued is a souvenir sheet with a denomination of P40.00 and quantity of 7,000 pieces. The First Day Cover includes the block of four stamps.
The papal stamps feature his pastoral visits in the Philippines and the millions of Filipinos who gathered to welcome him.
â€œUsually the first day of issue of the stamps of a particular person, places or event has a special interest among collectors,â€ information officer Alvin Fidelson said.
Stamps enthusiasts and collectors may avail of the stamps at the Postage and Philatelic Department located at the historic Manila Central Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio.
John Paul II passed away on April 2, 2005, and was beatified in Rome last May 1 before an estimated 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world.
Since his death, thousands of people have been supporting the call for his beatification and sainthood. (CBCPNews)