INC centennial stamp launched-A A +A
By Joel Mapiles
Monday, May 12, 2014
QUEZON CITY — The Philippine Postal Corporation officially launched on Saturday the Iglesia Ni Cristo Centennial commemorative stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of the Church’s registration in the Philippines.
INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, PhlPost Chairman Cesar Sarino and Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. dela Cruz unveiled the INC Centennial commemorative stamp that featured the sprawling INC Central Temple and a photo of the first INC Executive Minister Felix Manalo in sepia.
The colored INC Centennial logo is also placed at the bottom. The Eagle News Service (ENS), official news service of the INC, said that the May 10 launching date of the INC stamp was itself significant since it was timed to coincide with the 128th birth anniversary of the late Felix Y. Manalo, whom the INC believes is the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy on the “last messenger of God.”
The ENSA said, “It was also the first time that PhlPost issued a 50-millimeter by 35-mm stamp, which is bigger than the ordinary-sized stamp of 40mm by 30 mm.”
“This is not an arbitrary decision,” said Postmaster General Dela Cruz on the issuance of a bigger-than-ordinary INC Centennial commemorative stamp.
“It passed through the certification of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. This meant that the INC centennial, including its rich history, was of national historical significance.”
Dela Cruz said PhlPost will be issuing 1.2 million copies of the INC stamp, which is more than twice the usual maximum number of stamps they had issued before for a single design.
This is to accommodate the expected big number of people who will be interested to buy the stamps, particularly INC members all over the Philippines and INC brethren who would be coming over from other countries this year for INC’s celebration of its centennial on July 27, 2014 and the opening of its Philippine Arena, touted as among the world’s largest domed arenas in Bocaue, Bulacan the same day.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 13, 2014.