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PHLPost Launches PInoy Music Icons Commemorative Stamps


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Manila In celebration of the 252nd Anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service and the 25th year of National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will officially launch the “Pinoy Music Icons stamps” to proudly honor the iconic OPM Artists Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith on November 15, 2019 at the historic lobby of the Manila Central Post Office. 

A special exhibition of the Icons memorabilia will be opened at the Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) lobby in a night filled with music and fun activities on November 15, 2019. These were lent by their respective families who appreciated the honor given by PHLPost to the three music icons. The public may start to view the exhibit on Nov. 16-22. 

Rene Garcia of the iconic Hotdog band pioneered the Manila Sound, a musical genre which mirrored not only the distinctive music of the era but also the sentiments of many Filipinos toward their culture and homeland. Rene also composed songs like Annie Batungbakal, Bongga Ka Day, Beh, Buti Nga, Bitin Sa Yo, Ikaw Ang Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko, Dying To Tell You, Langit Na Naman, Sana Maganda Ako and many more. Garcia died of cardiac arrest on September 2, 2018 at the age of 65.






October 30 of the same year at 65, Rico J. Puno aka The Total Entertainer also died due to heart failure. Mr. Puno, a pop singer and a pioneer-promoter of Original Filipino Music (OPM) rose to stardom after channeling American superstars to forge a distinctive brand of local soul music in the 1970s covering American hits including Barbra Streisands The Way We Were and Marvin Gayes Baby Im for Real in a mix of English and Tagalog, the countrys dominant language. He delivered the classic line, Namamasyal pa sa Luneta/ Na walang pera in a soulful rasp that reverberated on the airwaves during the early years of the martial law era. He also ventured into dance-friendly songs like Macho Gwapito, but music listeners here and abroad would prefer his easy-listening croons in Filipinized versions of The Greatest Love of All, One Last Memory, and more so with his catchy, memorable ballads such as Kapalaran, Buhat, Ang Taoy Marupok and Lupa.

January 28, 2019, Pepe Smith the "Mick Jagger of the Philippines" and the Father of Philippine rock passed away at the age of 71 due to troubles in breathing. Smith's status as a rock icon was paved when he joined the Juan de la Cruz Band as a vocalist and a drummer who personified Pinoy Rock and made a real music genre locally. He dared to live his life without any reservations or compromises. Their masterpieces include Balong Malalim, Beep Beep, and Kagatan but Ang Himig Natin trumps them all by its original claim of being the true sound of the young Filipino under the boot of the '70s martial law. Pepes plaintive cry emphasizes the essence of rock music as a Pinoy musical genre. 

Aside from paying tribute to their contributions in Philippine history, culture and arts, PHLPost took notice of the important role the three Filipino music legends played in linking the past and the present generations though their own brand of music, paving the way for the further enhancement of Original Pilipino Music. 

The stamps serve as tiny windows of a nation. Its about time that we truly recognize the big role of OPM in the development of our Filipino Culture, PHLPost said. 

Pinoy Music Icon stamps selling started November 11 at P45 each with a total of Php135 for the strip of three souvenir sheet. The stamps and Official First Day covers of Pinoy Music Icon stamps are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, and in other area post offices nationwide. 

For inquiries, please call 8-527-01-08 or 8-527-01-32. Philately or stamp collecting is considered the world's most fascinating hobby. Through this, everyone can learn of a countrys history, art, culture, and industry as depicted in special commemorative stamps. 

PHLPOST has also lined up several activities for the month-long celebration of the 25th year of National Stamp Collecting Month. These include: Green and Wild Expo stamp exhibit featuring the beautiful flora and fauna of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig on November 20-21, LIHAM Fashion Show featuring Filipino traditional courting and national costumes on November 23, Bridging Generations Philatelic Forum which aims to raise awareness about Philately to young students in partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy to be held on November 27. The NSCM is an annual event observed every month of November under Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, to celebrate Philately in the country. It aims to create, maintain, and increase postal awareness and interest through various activities that would inspire and encourage Filipinos across all ages to venture into the hobby of stamp collecting.


PHLPost honors Pinoy Music Icons. (From Left to Right). Families led by Valerie Garcia, wife of Hotdog’s Rene Garcia, Dir. Cristina E. Caringal and Dir. Liberty C. Avila of the PHLPost Board of Directors, Councilor Tosca Puno-Ramos, daughter of Total Entertainer Rico J. Puno and Beebop Smith, son of Rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith during the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the Pinoy Music Icons Memorabilia Exhibit at Manila Central Post Office Lobby in Liwasang Bonifacio. The three (3) OPM legends were featured in the latest commemorative stamps.  

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