• 150,000 stamps for Francis visit to be printed in Thailand

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    Anticipating high demand for papal merchandise, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) will print 150, 000 Pope Francis stamps to mark his visit to the Philippines early next year.

    But Postmaster General Ma. Josefina dela Cruz on Monday said the stamps will not be printed in the Philippines but in Thailand as they lack the “capability” to print them.

    She mentioned that the Pope John Paul II stamps issued years ago to mark the then-pontiff’s visit to the country were done by a British printer.

    According to her, the standard quantity of stamps they are producing usually is only 100,000.

    Francis is set to visit the Philippines on January 15 to 19, 2015.

    Dela Cruz said PhilPost is yet to come up with the official design and denominations of the Pope Francis stamps.

    Ahead of the papal visit, PhilPost will launch a Pope Francis exhibit and a preview of special stamps at SM Aura in Taguig City (Metro Manila).

    Meanwhile, dela Cruz urged young Filipinos to write a letter to Pope Francis before he visits the Philippines.

    She said the letters will be sent to the pontiff.

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