11 September 2010


The Philippine Postal rporation is coming up with the 300 Years of Devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia stamps which will be issued on September 8, 2010. It is classified as a “Commemorative” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 160,000 pieces.

One of the many Catholic traditions is the Marian devotion. We, the Filipinos, especially the Bicolanos, have that extraordinary, exceptional, and devoted love for Mother Mary — the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, too. We believe that she will intercede for us and will lift our prayers up to God. Thus, there is strong belief and unshakable faith that our prayers are answered through the intercession of the Blessed Mother. She has been called many names in different regions of the Philippines. Some of them are the following: Nuestra Señora de Caridad to Ilocanos; Our Lady of Manaoag to the people of Pangasinan; Lady of Piat to Cagayanos; Nuestra Señora del Rosario de la Naval or Nuestra Señora de Antipolo to the Tagalogs and many others. Perhaps, one of her most notable names is Our Lady of Peñafrancia, more warmly called INA or Mother, to the Bicolanos. This intense devotion to Mother Mary by the Bicolanos can be traced back in Spain. The Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is a one-week affair that starts on the second Friday of September when the miraculous Ina is transferred

from her shrine to the centuries-old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. This procession is locally called traslacion where the miraculous images of Our Lady of

Peñafrancia and of the Divino Rostro journey to the  Metropolitan Cathedral of Naga City for a Novena and Holy Masses. This began in 1885 and ushers in the week long festivities in the locality. A nine-day novena and prayers are held in her honor. This event is considered as the biggest and most popular religious event in the Philippines.

The technical description of the 300 Years of Devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia stamps are as follows:

Kind of Issue: Commemorative
 Denomination and Quantity: Php7.00 / 160,000 pieces
Date of Issue: September 8, 2010
Last date of Sale: September 9, 2011 (or as stocks allow)
Sheet Composition: 40 on (4 x 10)
Size: 30 mm x 40 mm.
Souvenir Sheet: Php 28.00/8,500 pieces
Size: 100 mm x 50 mm
Kind of Printing: Litho offset
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Artist: Victor Dennis T. Nierva
Design Coordinators: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Victor Serevo
Elenita San Diego
Design/s: Stamp1: Image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, 1924
Stamp2: Image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, 2009
Stamp3: Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine
Stamp4: Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City

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