The celebration for the 50th founding anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) continues with the launch of the special commemorative stamps, featuring the facade of the CCP main building and the CCP 50th Anniversary logo.
CCP chairperson Ms. Margarita “Margie” Moran opens the launch with her welcome remarks on October 15, 2019, at the Main Theater Lobby, followed by a short message from PHLPost postmaster general Joel Otarra.
PHLPost chairman Norman Fulgencio presents the special commemorative stamps, along with the CCP 50th Anniversary Souvenir Folder and the Official First Day Cover.
Acapellago performs well-loved Filipino songs including “Handog” and “Limang Dipang Tao,” while PPO Brass Band provides musical entertainment.
In partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), the special stamps commemorate the CCP’s innumerable contributions in the preservation, promotion and development of the Philippine arts and culture for the last 50 years.
“The CCP stamps encapsulizes what the CCP is, what it has been doing in the past decades, and what the future brings. The stamps are our tangible promise that CCP will continuously be at the forefront in making arts matter to every Filipino,” enthused CCP chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo.
This is the second time that the CCP launches a commemorative stamp. The first one was in 1969, two months after CCP’s inauguration. The CCP’s 1969 postage stamp, showing the CCP building and ground, came in a set of two stamps with 10s and 30s denominations.
“The stamps serve as visual reminder about the architectural significance of the main building designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin. Serving as a beacon of Philippine arts and culture, the CCP has always been in the forefront of cultural development, art appreciation and art education. And it will continue to do so in the next 50 years,” said CCP VP and artistic director Chris Millado.
Inaugurated on September 8, 1969, the CCP has been the premiere venue to showcase the best of Philippine arts and culture, and remains peerless in its achievements in nurturing excellent artists, producing high quality works and developing audiences for the performing arts. One of the first major venues for the performing arts in Asia, it is considered one of the world’s finest examples of Brutalism architecture.
Through the years, the CCP has been keeping its promise to make arts matter to every Filipino. It has become the leading institution for arts and culture in the Philippines by promoting artistic excellence and nurturing the broadest audiences to participate in art making and appreciation.
PHLPost has printed 10,000 copies of the CCP 50th Anniversary commemorative stamp sold for P12.00 each. The stamps and official first day covers are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and area post offices nationwide.