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From Quezon with Love: Stamps Feature Amazing Rock Formations


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Choose Philippines | Mar 29, 2016
From Quezon with Love: Stamps Feature Amazing Rock Formations

To celebrate the founding anniversary of Tagkawayan, an agricultural and fishing community in Quezon Province, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released commemorative stamps that can be used by the public. Priced at PhP 15 each, these stamps feature the town's official seal and the amazing view of its famous rock formation, Mataas na Bato, in the background.

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Tagkawayan is the last town in Quezon south to the Bicol Region. Its name is said to have been derived from the phrase "taga-kawayan," the same name given to its residents during the early Spanish period. Stories say that the locals would tie a piece of cloth in a bamboo ("kawayan") pole, climb the Mataas na Bato, and make signals to invite other groups. Incidentally, the place where they do the signaling was also called "kawayan." They would converge in a merrymaking called "Lungkasan."

PHLPost commissioned security printer Amstar Co. to print 101,000 copies of the stamps. They were designed by PhlPost layout artist Victorino Z. Serevo. They are available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide.


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