PhlPost launches INC Centennial stamp

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

THE Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) on Saturday launched the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Centennial Commemorative Stamp, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Church’s registration in the Philippines this July.

The launching was held at the INC Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City, which was attended by INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, PhlPost Chairman Cesar Sarino and Postmaster General Ma. Josefina dela Cruz.

The stamp features the sprawling INC Central Temple and a photo of the first INC Executive Minister Felix Y. Manalo in sepia. The colored INC Centennial logo is also placed at the bottom.

It was designed by INC minister Bienvenido "Dindo" Santiago Jr. and was made available starting Saturday at P10 a piece.

In a statement, the group noted that it was the first time that PhlPost issued a 50-millimeter by 35-mm stamp, which is bigger than the ordinary-sized stamp of 40mm by 30mm. It was certified by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

The PhlPost will be issuing 1.2 million copies of the stamp, which is more than twice the usual maximum number of stamps they had issued before for a single design, to accommodate the expected big number of people who will be interested to buy the stamps.

Eduardo Manalo is the third executive minister of the INC, succeeding his father, Eraño Manalo, who had served as the INC's leader from 1963 until his death in 2009, during which time the church had spread in more than 100 countries and territories all over the world.

The INC established the Church of Christ in the Philippines on July 27, 1914. (Sunnex)

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