• LPA off Zambales dissipates

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    The low pressure area (LPA) spotted west of Zambales has dissipated, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

    Weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said no weather disturbance has been monitored near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

    The weather bureau expects two to three more storms to enter the country before the end of the month. If a tropical cyclone develops, it will be named .

    Cagayan and Isabela will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will be cloudy.

    Stamp designing tilt for Pope Francis’ visit
    The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPOST) is set to launch a stamp-designing contest for the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines in January 2015.

    Enrique Tagle, the marketing management and support service manager of PHLPOST, said the contest will be open to high school and college students and to all interested Filipinos.

    “We want people to participate [in the contest], knowing how well-loved the Pope is and secondly, I know a lot of Filipinos are really anticipating the visit of Pope Francis,” Tagle explained.

    The stamp designing contest will run from September 1 to September 20. Two winners will be chosen and each winner will receive a cash prize of P25,000.

    The winning designs will be used as the official design for the Papal visit.

    The PHLPOST will also adopt the “mercy and compassion” theme of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for the papal visit, Tagle said.

    Pope Francis will be in the Philippines from January. 15 to 19 next year.

    Tagle said the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See has approved the plan to come out with the Pope’s stamps.

    “Yes, we wrote to the apostolic nunciature, informing them that PHLPOST would issue stamp for the papal visit. The Nuncio replied very positively, he expressed much joy and excitement in the papal stamps,” he added.

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