The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is hoping to bring back children’s and stamp collectors’ interest in Philippine stamps through the help of Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray, who is a new source of pride for the country. In her winning answer during the pageant, she spoke about her work with the children of Tondo, creating a more positive world, and gratitude—making her a true role model for today.
Today, February 27, PHLPost released their limited-edition stamps featuring Gray during her “winning moment” in the prestigious Miss Universe pageant. The stamps are available at the Manila Central Post Office and all Postal Areas of the Philippine Postal Corporation.
Norman Fulgencio, chairman of the board of PHLPost, says that the Catriona Gray stamps is their way of recognizing the honor and pride that Gray brought to the country. He also said that through these limited-edition stamps, they hope “to bring back the interest of our children as well as our stamp collectors all over the world to patronize our own Philippine stamps.”
The stamp designs, created by in-house Philatelic Counter graphic artist Rodine Teodoro, has two versions: one shows Catriona in her winning moment–with special embellishments on the crown and her beautiful lava gown, while the other features Gray’s first official portrait photo as the Miss Universe 2018, priced at P55 and P12, respectively.
This is not the first time PHLPost released limited-edition stamps of inspirational Filipinas. In 2017, they featured past Miss Universe title holders Gloria Diaz (Miss Universe 1969), Margie Moran (Miss Universe 1973), and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (Miss Universe 2015) in their stamp designs.