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A Tribute To Cory Aquino...  Selyo At Kasaysayan 2009

August 27-30, 2009
2nd Level, Ayala Center Cebu
Cebu City, Philippines

from Richard Allan B. Uy''s blog at

It is almost August 27 but I haven't started the main exhibit pages for the "Selyo At Kasaysayan 2009... A Tribute to Cory Aquino" as of last night. Knowing that it is crunch time, I had to wake up early this morning and began working on the 8-page exhibit. Cory and Ninoy stamps, first day covers and references were scattered all over my work table. After creating the layout and the text in my PC, I came out with the printed pages and mounted the stamps and the FDCs. Finally, I am done with it!


All the materials are now set for Thursday's event. The award winning "Las Islas Filipinas", a 64-page philatelic essay on the history of the Philippines has been prepared months before together with the 40-page "Philippine Presidents on Stamps". Other collections include "The Tres de Abril Stamp" (8 pages), "Philippine Heroes in Masonry" (16 pages), "Rizal, Bonifacio and Aguinaldo.. A Tale of Three Heroes" (16 pages) and a lot more.


The "Tribute to Cory Aquino" collection is a short essay on how Cory became the icon of democracy. It includes a page where Ninoy Aquino's poem "I Have Fallen In Love" was featured. He dedicated the poem to Cory and was made into a song by Filipino balladeer Jose Marie Chan.


On August 26, 2009 at 9:00pm, a group from the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission arrived at my house to get the materials of the "Tribute to Cory Aquino" stamp and photo exhibit. My house is just an 8 minute ride to the mall so in a few minutes, we were all busy setting up and mounting the exhibit materials. By 11:30pm, we were all done.


Exhibit opening day - August 27, 2009, we were adding some finishing touches. The opening program which the Cebu City Government through the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission painstakingly organized was scheduled to start at 5:00pm. I have to take my hat off to CHAC for a job well done in the preparation of the program. They have come up with a 3 day cultural presentation starting from August 27 to 29.


At exactly 5:00pm, the program began. My friend Romualdo "Algen" Generalao was tasked to be the master of ceremony and he sure lived up to everyone's expectation. The Pardo Children's Rondalla treated everyone to a repertoire of songs. The Abellana Dance Troupe presented a variety of cultural dances that awed and captivated the crowd, me included.


Cebu City Councilor Arsenio Pacaņa gave his welcome remarks while Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeņa inspired us with his speech.


Soon after, we went to the second level to formally open the exhibit. Councilor Manuel Legazpi, my colleague in the Cebu Jaycees (JCI Cebu) who is a past president led the ribbon cutting ceremony together with CHAC Commissioner Osman Jumalon. Cebuano historian and CHAC Commissioner Dionisio Sy and yours truly assisted them. Wow! I am glad that everything went well and was more than I expected. It was indeed a blast!


The "Selyo At Kasaysayan 2009... A Tribute to Cory Aquino" would never have been a success without the support of Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Stamp Club Incorporated members and officers, CHAC, Himlayang Pilipino Plans Inc., STRADCOM, Cebu Star Wars Club, Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo of the Province of Camiguin, Emie Patalagsa, Atty. Maria Lynna P. Adviento, Ricardo Teves, Edwin Al Cuizon, Richard Beethoven Uy, Edwin Uy, Reina Tugot, Jerald Kervin Uy, Charles Mark Uybengkee, and Eyan Yu.


This exhibit will be in selected schools here in Cebu and will culminate in SM City Cebu in December to coincide with the death anniversary celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal.





A Tribute to Cory Aquino


This National Heroes month, Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated (CSCI) presents this special tribute to a great president at the 2nd Level of Ayala Center Cebu. This exhibit showcases Cory Aquino stamps, photos and philatelic materials, as well as those of our heroes, presidents and Philippine history. This is the country's first philatelic tribute to Cory Aquino.




  • To give tribute to Cory Aquino and our great heroes
  • Create awareness on the values of freedom and democracy
  • Reawaken the spirit of national responsibility 
  • Promote of love of country and nationalism
  • Promote history, arts, culture and tourism through the fascinating world of stamps and philately
  • Encourage people on the value of stamp collecting or philately as an instrument of peace



  • A TRIBUTE TO CORY AQUINO: A short philatelic essay on how Cory Aquino became the icon of democracy  
  • THE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENCY: A complete collection of stamps featuring Emilio Aguinaldo up to the present chief executive, Glora Macapagal-Arroyo with some stamps dating as far back as 1936. Check out our newest website on "The Philippine Presidency On Stamps" by clicking the link.
  • LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS: The 64-page award winning collection of Richard Allan Uy that retells Philippine history using stamps as pictures with some issued in 1860's, 1898 and early 1900's. 
  • RIZAL, BONIFACIO AND AGUINALDO: Features these three great Filipino heroes and the stamps issued to immortalize them.
  • THE TRES DE ABRIL STAMP: A collection on the Tres de Abril stamp. This stamp was released in 1998 and is the first Cebu proposed stamp initiated by Cebu Stamp Club, Incorporated (CSCI) together with the Cebu City Government. The stamp design was done by Cebuano artist Jose "Kimsoy" Yap Jr.
  • PHILIPPINE HEROES IN MASONRY: A compilation of Philippine heroes in the masonic movement.