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By DEEDEE M. SIYTANGCO

STAMPED WITH HERITAGE Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and PHILPost chairman Norman Fulgencio lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the launch of PHILPost’s Heritage Stampe Exhibit

STAMPED WITH HERITAGE Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and PHILPost chairman Norman Fulgencio lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the launch of PHILPost’s Heritage Stampe Exhibit

ANGEL THOUGHTS Politicians’ diapers must change often, and for the same reason. —Mark Twain

I woke up Thursday early morning to a cheery greeting from the new mayor of Manila, Francisco Domagoso, or more popularly known as Isko Moreno.

He apologized for not calling earlier in the week but explained that he had closed his phone because of the deluge of people and radio and television reporters wanting to all talk to him. So he rested after the elections and tried to catch up on sleep.

How do you feel now, Mr. Mayor, I asked.

“Excited but also apprehensive,” he replied. The people’s response has been so overwhelming and he was aware of the great expectation now resting on his shoulders.

He said, “But I promise to work very hard and accomplish what I said I would do if given the people’s mandate. And that they did. I am overwhelmed and grateful! Right now I want people to know I am grateful for their support and I count on them for continued advice and help.”

It was time for his early TV interview so we signed off, with me wishing him success.

It was an exciting contest as this was the city of Manila’s David versus two aging but still formidable Goliaths. I am happy, in spite of the debacle of  Otso Direcho, that the young seem to be taking over. Tama na, magpahinga na po sila. Mga bata naman. And this is true even in areas it was least expected to happen, like in Pasig with Vico Sotto taking over a Eusebio mayoral dynasty, with comeback king Roman Romulo. A refreshing takeover by Joy Belmonte in Quezon City.

A friend, Tonypet Albano, is a new congressman in Isabela. And while I grieve for Tim Orbos’ loss to entrenched politicians in a congressional distirict in Pangasinan, I know God has other plans for him. The Tolentinos again conquered Tagaytay, from congress to mayor to even councilors. And Francis has finally won a senate seat! Never a dull moment in our political scene!

Congratulations also to the youthful Lenlen Oreta who won his third term in Malabon! Unbelievable but true, former VP Jojo Binay lost to a young “newbie” Kid Peña in his home district in Makati.

To all the volunteers who sacrificed their time spent their own resources, gathered for prayer meetings, marched for their causes, and made their own tarps, flyers, videos— congratulations! No, your efforts did not go to waste. Your voices and sentiments were heard above the din of high-spending candidates. There will be other battles and you will not be cowed.

Thank you, too, to the professionals with impeccable credentials who ran but lost. You proved that there are still good men and women worth fighting for.

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In celebration of National Heritage Month, former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, chairperson of Akademiang Pilipino, a group of notable personalities in the field of arts, culture, and the academe, delivered the keynote address to formally open the Heritage Stamp Exhibit entitled “Mga Selyong Pamana: Imaging the Imagining Womanhood in Stamps,” held at the historic lobby of the Manila Central Post Office.

A protector of Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea and a known cultural heritage proponent, Morales presented the commemorative 2019 stamps featuring “Women as Heritage Keepers.

Aside from the 2019 Heritage Stamps, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Filipino Heritage Festival, and Fantastic Philippines, a group of amateur and professional photographers, has also put up a display of heritage stamp collections from notable philatelic collectors.

The exhibit showcases 22 frames featuring Philippine stamps depicting Filipino women. Open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it will run until May 30. Among the women of distinction noted for their roles in the country’s history and cultural heritage are former president Cory C. Aquino, Pia Wurtzbach, Olympic athlete Hidilyn Diaz, and Omb. Carpio Morales.

“We support the effort of the government to preserve and protect this cultural heritage featured in stamps for the appreciation of the public,” said PHLPost chairman Norman Fulgencio. 

PHLPost also announced that next year will be the start of the restoration project of the iconic Post Office Building, spearheaded by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). A Postal Museum shall be established as an added attraction to both local and foreign tourists.

PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of the eight commemorative stamps, designed by PHLPost in-house graphic designer Victorino Z. Serevo, sold for P12 each. Stamps and Official First Day Covers are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio and in all postal areas of PHLPost.

By the way PhlPost issues ID cards that come in handy if you are asked for a government ID. Only be aware that it expires every five years. We just renewed ours and it was relatively hassle-free. Thanks, Lanie!

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