The Philippine Postal Corp. has issued a commemorative stamp to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the country.
The stamp was launched in Cebu City on April 14, the quincentennial of the first Christian baptism in the country.
The stamp features an image of the Santo Niño de Cebu, the oldest religious icon in the country that is currently enshrined at the Augustinian-run Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.
Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio said PhilPost pays homage to the Santo Niño, “the source of home and faith of the people.”
“The milestone commemoration of the arrival of the image of Señor Santo Niño is one such important moment that recalls the uniqueness of Filipino culture and history,” he said.
The commemorative stamps and official first day covers are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, and all Mega Manila post offices.
They can also be purchased at the Postal Area 1 in Tuguegarao, Postal Area 2 in San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4 in San Pablo, Postal Area 5 in Mandaue, Postal Area 6 in Iloilo, Postal Area 7 in Davao, Postal Area 8 in Cagayan de Oro, and Postal Area 9 in Zamboanga.