Stamp to commemorate Malacanang’s 150th anniversary

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PHILIPPINE Postal Corportation (Philpost) will be making stamps showing the Malacanan palace, Pasig River and the official seal of the President of the Philippines “to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the iconic palace.”

The stamps will be showing the official residence and workplace of the President of the Republic of the Philippines which is located along the Pasig River in the old Manila district of San Miguel.

“The Malacañan Palace is celebrating its sesquicentennial [1863–2013] anniversary of declaration as the highest seat of political power in the land.” PhilPost said.

The first recorded owner of the property where Malacanang is located now was Don Luis Rocha, a Spanish aristocrat. Philpost said  the structure was originally built as Rocha’s summer house but was sold to Colonel Jose Miguel Formente in 1802.

In 1825 the property was purchased by the state and became the summer residence of every Spanish Governor-General.

Malacanang became the official residence of the Governor-General in 1863 when an earthquake destroyed the Governor’s Palace in Intramuros, Manila.

“By virtue of a Superior Decree, dated June 11, 1863, the official residence of the Governor-General was transferred to Malacañan Palace. After 1863, the Palace has been occupied by 18 Spanish Governor-Generals, 14 American Civil Governors, and the Presidents of the Philippines, except President Emilio Aguinaldo.” PhilPost said.

PhilPost said it will release about 500,000 stamps with P10 denomination on June 11 and the stamps will be available at  the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

the stamp was designed by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. FATIMA CIELO B. CANCEL

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