Press Release
February 4, 2016

Drilon leads launching of Senate
centennial commemorative stamp

Senate President Franklin Drilon, together with Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) Chairman Cesar Sarino, led the unveiling of the Senate centennial commemorative stamp at the Recto-Laurel Room, Senate building in Pasay City today.

Drilon thanked Sarino for helping with the Senate centennial commemorative stamp project, saying that the stamp launch was meant to reflect the Senate's glorious history.

He said the Senate was marking its 100 year anniversary with the theme "Senado ng Pilipino: Isang Siglo, 1916-2016, Sandigan ng Demokrasya, Dangal ng Sambayang ng Pilipino."

Secretary Oscar Yabes said the Senate has always been a staunch defender of national interest and promoter of the Filipino's well being.

"We want to celebrate the Senate centennial year in a simple but meaningful way. In line with the centennial celebration, we conducted a Senate centennial series, nationwide essay contest for high school students in coordination with the DepEd, This is to raise awareness of the relevance of the Senate in our nation ," Yabes said.

The Senate is celebrating its centennial year from October 2015 to October 2016 under Proclamation No. 1091 signed last August 7, 2015 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The proclamation calls on all national government offices, government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), and local government units (LGUs), to support and extend "assistance and cooperation to the Senate in the observance of its Centennial year."

Measuring 40mm x 30mm, the Senate centennial stamp frame features the Philippine flag and Senate logo from 1987 to the present. It was designed by artist Luis "Junyee" E. Yee, Jr.

"Truly it is an honor for PHLPost to have become part of this celebration. It is but fitting that a stamp will immortalize the achievements of this August body which now have reached its centennial year," Sarino earlier said.

He said PHLPost had commissioned Amstar Co. to print 101,000 copies of the stamps, to be sold at P15 each starting February 01, 2016.

The stamps and official first day cover are now available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila and area post offices nationwide.

Guests who attended the event included Mrs. Milagros Drilon, Mrs. Lourdes Pimentel, PHLPost Officer-in-Charge General Manager Joel Otarra, Dr. Ma. Serena Diokno, Yee, among others. (Apple Buenaventura)

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