MANILA, Nov. 28, 2012— The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has just announced that it will reprint 500,000 more copies of commemorative stamps in honor of St. Pedro Calungsod.
PHLPost Postage and Philatelic Department manager Elenita San Diego said the new copies have been made available to the public since Tuesday due to high public demand.
The new batch of stamps, however, was only presented and launched Wednesday at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, ahead of the Thanksgiving Mass for Calungsod’s canonization on Nov. 30.
She said that they decided to release the copies earlier because there was a continued clamor for them to issue more stamps on the second Filipino saint.
“Due to insistent public demand, we would be reprinting 500,000 more Calungsod stamps. We would be using the same design,” San Diego said.
Last Oct.21, coinciding Calungsod’s canonization in Rome, the PHLPost first launched the Calungsod stamps at the historic EDSA Shrine in Quezon City.
The agency initially printed 50,000 copies and were sold out in just a matter of nine days, spurring them to produce more stamps, which are sold at P9 per piece.
“Right there, we had a lot of buyers and not all of them are philatelists. They bought sheets of the stamp,” San Diego said.
“One person even bought 200 sheets of Calungsod stamps which she said she would give to friends as gifts,” she also said. (RL/CBCPNews)