The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) over the weekend launched a nationwide stamp-designing contest aimed at choosing the best artwork that will be the official stamp to welcome the integrated Asean Communities in 2015.
Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz said the contest aims to discover talented Filipinos in the field of stamp designing in international competition who would bring honor and pride to the country.
She noted that Phlpost already chalked back-to-back victory in the World Mail Awards 2014 in Berlin, Germany while 11-year old student Ashley Nicole Abalos won the 2014 International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People.
The Philippines, along with other Asean members, is committed to issue a set of joint stamps based on the theme “One Vision, One Identity, One Community,” she said.
The contest, which will run until September 15 this year, is open to high school and college students, artists and other interested parties.
“Entries must be made on a white 18 inches x 18 inches illustration board size. Rendering should be by pastel on paper or canvass, oil, or acrylic.
Computer-generated artwork and photographs will not be allowed.
“A brief narrative interpretation should accompany submitted entries,” de la Cruz said.
The grand prize winner will receive P5,000, the second placer, P3, 000 and P2,000 for third prize.
PHLPOST shall send the first prize winning design to Thailand as the Philippine’s official entry to the “Joint Issue of Asean Community Commemorative Stamp.
The prize for best design is $1,000 while the prize for best postmark design is $500, she said.
The entries will be judged based on originality, relevance to the contest’s theme, visual impact, and artistic method.