It was a few days later that I got a phone call informing me that my proposal was approved by the CHAC commissioners
chaired by Vice Mayor Michael Rama. Two exhibit venues were deliberated but everyone agreed that it should be held in Elizabeth
Mall. The owner, Ms. Elizabeth Go was so kind to allow us the free use
of the facilities of her mall and gave us space at the activity center situated on the third floor.
Doing an exhibit in a big mall is no joke. Lots of things have to be considered. The security, the presentation,
the program, the logistics and of course the budget. The setting up of the materials can only be done on the night before
the event when the mall is closed to the public so we had to wait. By twelve midnight everything was done. We all went home
tired and exhausted but with a sense of fulfillment and a feeling of pride that we are doing our part in promoting love of
country and patriotism.
The "Philippine Heroes on Stamps" opened with a very beautiful program on August 23, 2007. Ms. Jenny Atillo did
a heartwarming doxology while the Cebu City Dance Sports Kids rendered an electrifying dance number. What glued everyone's
attention though was the dance drama featuring the Battle of Tres de Abril by the Don Carlos Gothong Memorial High School
Vice Mayor Mike Rama gave a heartwarming message while Councilor Gerardo Carillo did the welcome remarks. CHAC
commissioners Osman Jumalon and Dionisio Sy were present as well as Councilor Manuel Legaspi. Cebu Stamp Club, Inc officials
were in full force too.
The exhibit featured Philippine Heroes on Stamps; Rizal, Bonifacio and Aguinaldo (A Tale of Three Heroes); Philippine
Heroes in Masonry; and The Tres de Abril Stamp.
Interesting stamps were on display such as the authentic Revolutionary Stamps of Emilio Aguinaldo issued in 1898
as well as the Tres de Abril stamp which is the first and only Cebu proposed stamp conceptualized
by Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated and CHAC released by Philpost on June 12, 1998.
The stamp event culminated on the very day the whole nation celebrated National Heroes Day. As we celebrate our
heroes, we need to make them become a part of our expression while internalizing their lives and their works and how they
sacrificed for the sake of the future generations.