Pope Francis, St. JP2 stamps are PHLPost ‘best sellers’

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MANILA, Dec. 16, 2015— The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) said Pope Francis stamps released in January for his visit to the Philippines were their best sellers in recent years.

Former Postmaster General Josefina Dela Cruz said the papal visit stamps featuring images of the Argentine pontiff led to record sales outselling other commemorative stamps.

According to her, an initial 120,000 copies of the limited edition stamps were sold out only few days after they were released to the public.

In the second place, she said, is the Pope John Paul II canonization stamp released in April 2014.

“Our most saleable stamps were the Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II stamps,” Dela Cruz said.

Almost matching the sales of the two papal stamps, she added, are the rose-scented stamps featuring five paintings of former President Corazon Aquino released in August 2014.

Dela Cruz was speaking at a press conference to launch the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) commemorative stamps in Manila on Dec. 7.

She later resigned as PHLPost chief to focus on her gubernatorial race in Bulacan province.

The stamp features the official logo of the IEC which is set to be held in Cebu City in January 2016.

“For me, (the IEC) stamp reminds us of God’s continuing providence for mankind,” Dela Cruz said.

PHLPost has printed 104, 000 copies of the IEC which is being sold at Php 15 each. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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