Filipiniana Book of the Week: Selyo

“On this 9 October, World Post Day, let us remember the very relevant and valuable role the Post plays in the day-to-day lives of billions of people and businesses, not only as a means of communication, but also as an essential driver of economic growth.”

Edouard Dayan
Director-General of the Universal Postal Union

World Post Day is celebrated every year on the 9th of October.  This coincides with the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. The UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969 declared this as an annual event.  Since then postal offices in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

In the Philippines, stamps are used to launch products or commemorate an event.  To celebrate the event, this week’s Filipiniana Book is

Selyo: Philippine History in Postage Stamps

Written by Reynaldo Alejandro, this book traces the history of postage stamps in the Philippines.   Selyo features nationalistic stamps from 1854 to 1998 which would definitely give delight not just for hobbyist but for the common readers.

The book is available at the HS LRC Filipiniana Section (F 769.56 Al1s 2005)

Incidentally, Philpost launched new sets of definitive stamps featuring the Philippine Marine Biodiversity.

Sources:

NEW SETS OF DEFINITIVE STAMPS « Philippine Postal Corporation, Philippine Stamps, Filipino, Stamp Collection, Postal Services, Cory Aquino, Manny Pacquiao. (2011, August 31). News « Philippine Postal Corporation, Philippine Stamps, Filipino, Stamp Collection, Postal Services, Cory Aquino, Manny Pacquiao. Retrieved October 4, 2011, from http://philpost.gov.ph/web/new-sets-of-definitive-stamps/

United Nations World Post Day – 9 October. (n.d.). Welcome to the United Nations: It’s Your World. Retrieved October 4, 2011, from http://www.un.org/en/events/postday/

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