MANILA – The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) celebrates the holiday season with the colorful “Maligayang Pasko 2019” (Merry Christmas 2019) postage stamps featuring the Children’s choir and their families joyfully singing to usher the Novena Masses held at dawn, known locally as “Simbang Gabi”.
Simbang gabi starts on 16 December and ends on the morning of the 24th. It is closely followed by the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Noche Buena, a traditional feast which gathers the entire family together.
There is no other country that does Christmas like the Philippines. The celebration becomes livelier with sparkling lights, family reunions, a festive atmosphere, and merrymaking left and right, singing Christmas carols. All these make Christmas in the Philippines more joyful and exciting.
These postage stamps were issued to amplify the wonder of Christmas through Filipino family traditions of giving, and especially through the children. Christmas is a glorious affair for Filipino families all over the world.
PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of block of four (4 different designs) stamps, designed by PHLPost in-house layout artist Eunice Beatrix Dabu. The stamp is being sold at P12.00 each.
Stamps and Official First Day Covers of “Maligayang Pasko” are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.