Ambassadors from member countries attend PHLPost launch
In time for the upcoming integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Philippine Postal Office launched the Asean Joint Commemorative Stamp in the Philippines at SM Aura Premier.
A joint project of the Philippine Postal Office and SM Aura Premier, the launch showcased the winning design of the Asean Stamp Design Competition held in Thailand. Held in preparation for the 48th anniversary of Asean, the winning design was selected by a panel of judges comprised of 10 postal representatives from 10 member countries, and three judges from the Universal Postal Union, the Asian-Pacific Postal Union and the Asean Secretariat.
The winning entry from Vietnam highlights the region’s unity and cooperation. It shows the 10 flags of Asean Members unified in a form of flower, with a pigeon symbol in the background to show the pacific aspect of the region. On the lower level of the flags, there is a handshake, which portrays friendship, and golden rice flowers, which symbolize agricultural activities and the main Asean way of life. The design was produced as a joint issue stamp to be used throughout the Asean region in 2015.
Members of diplomatic corps of the Asean countries graced the occasion led by Singaporean Ambassador Kok Li Peng, Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising, Cambodian Ambassador Tuot Panha, and Lao’s Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune.
Also present were the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam’s Third Secretary Norkhalilah Roslin, and the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar’s Second Secretary Chann Nyien Soe. Representing the Philippines was Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan Garcia and DFA’s Executive Director Raymund Toledo.
PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing Luis Carlos, PHLPost Business Lines Department Manager Enrique Tagle and PHLPost Chief of Corporate Communication Melanie Cruz welcomed the guests together with SM SVP for Marketing Communications Group Millie Dizon and SM Aura Premier’s Regional Operations Manager Bernice Baculi.
In his speech, Undersecretary Garcia Policy said, “Today’s ceremony for the joint issuance by all 10 Asean members-countries of the Asean Community Commemorative Stamp is one simple yet effective way of spreading Asean awareness to the people of South East Asia. Raising awareness is important because all 10-member countries are building something bigger than just the sum of the parts of Asean. We are building an Asean Community that is politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible, and mindful of the future well-being of its people.”
PHLPost’s Luis Carlo, for his part stated, “Stamps are very powerful. These are an old fashion solution to our new problems. While some people may consider the building of the Asean Community a trade or business decision, we all know that cultural integration will determine its success. It’s a sharing of a history and a boundary.”
The colorful commemorative stamps will be sold in the Philippines at P13 each and only 101,000 copies have been printed.