Do you remember writing or receiving love letters written in script or longhand and sent via post? Well, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is honoring these precious letters with the new heart-shaped Valentine’s Day stamps.
The new set of Philippine postal stamps, released today February 6, 2020, are titled “Valentine’s Day 2020 – The Love We Deserve” with a theme that PHLPost says promotes universal love.
PHLPost’s new special stamps feature digital art using the popular character of the human heart bearing four types of love.
The four heart-shaped designs show the values important to contemporary society, focusing on current issues and are intended to touch on subjects the public – especially the youth – can both relate to and reflect about.
“We see the familiar symbol of love everywhere — from eating heart-shaped chocolates to sending text messages to a special someone with the iconic heart of the popular ’emoji’ or symbols,” says PHLPost referring to the symbols of love used in digital platforms such as the internet.
“It presents the idea that love transcends romance, taking on the many other definitions of love with an open mindset,” adds PHLPost in their release sent to Good News Pilipinas.
The four topics in the Valentine’s Day stamps are:
- Love Nature in the color green, with a background of a tree that symbolizes life
- Love for Country in a nationalistic theme where the color and design of the Philippine flag and map are reflected in the background while little doves fly around to symbolize peace and love
- Love Knows No Gender theme indicates that Love has no sexuality, race, skin tone, color or gender
- Love Yourself inspires people to have self-respect, a positive self-image, and unconditional self-acceptance. The magenta/purple inspired color illustrates a person holding one’s head high.
Considered as one of the most awaited Philatelic releases, this year’s Valentine’s Day stamps were designed by PHLPost in-house graphic artist Irma Jane Junio, deviating from the usual romance theme but focused more on the universality of love.
The 2020 Valentine’s Day Stamps, Souvenir Sheets, and Official First Day Covers are available starting February 06, 2020 at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro”. Go to Pilipinas Philately for updates.
PHLPost also released stamps celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Rat or the Chinese New Year.
Souvenir stamps previously issued by the postal office include the 2019 SEA Games souvenir collectible stamps and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray‘s winning moment.
TELL US in the comments below your best memories about love letters and SEND NEW LOVE LETTERS using PHLPost’s Valentine’s Day stamps!
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