Saturday, April 30, 2016

Philippines 2016
Fiestas in the Philippines - 1st Quarter

ISSUE DATE: 27 April 2016
STAMP SIZE: 30 x 40 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Rodine Teodoro

The comic-style postage stamps features four Filipino Fiestas.

Sinulog Festival which is celebrated every 3rd week of January in Cebu City. This Philippine fiesta in Visayas region celebrates Cebu's patron saint, the Santo Niño (Child Christ). This week-long event is marked by processions, street dancing and parades.

The Panagbenga, a month-long annual flower festival occurring in the summer capital of Baguio. The festival, held during the month of February, was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake. The festival also includes street dancing, presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes, inspired by the Bendian, an Ibaloi dance that came from the Cordillera region. The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers.

The Pahiyas which is being held every 15th of May. Farm families give thanks to San Isidro Labrador for a good harvest by decorating their houses with brightly colored rice wafers called kiping.

The Higantes (giant) Festival. From November 22 to 23 in Angono, Rizal, male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features the “pahadores”, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.

Stamp images thanks to PHLPOST