A commemorative stamp marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Singapore was formally unveiled in Singapore this month.
Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap hosted a simple reception to commemorate the 50th year of PH-SG ties last May 16 at the Official Residence.
The commemorative stamp was jointly released by the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) and Singapore Post (SingPost), the Philippine embassy in Singapore said.
“The mutual cooperation and coordination that was involved in this project shows the strength and depth of our bilateral relations. I am honored to be part of this milestone and we look forward to more activities throughout the year that will continue to strengthen the already strong and warm friendly relations between our countries. Like stamps, let us be connectors of our countries and people in order to further strengthen Philippine and Singapore ties,” Yap said.
The commemorative stamps feature the Luzon Lacewing Butterfly and Common Rose Butterfly that are endemic to the Philippines and Singapore, respectively.
Guests of honor during the event included the Permanent Secretary at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chee Wee Kiong.
He was joined by delegations from PHLPost and SingPost including:
* Norman Fulgencio, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PHLPost
* Majorie Ooi, Senior Vice President for Post Office Network & Financial Services, SingPost Ltd.
Officers of the Philippine Embassy and POLO, representatives of the Southeast Asia II Directorate and Philippine desk of MFA Singapore, and Ruth Wong, Deputy Director of Infocomm Media Development Authority, also attended the reception.
For his part, MFA Permanent Secretary Chee Wee Kiong cited the historical link between the two countries that predates the official establishment of diplomatic relations on May 16, 1969.
“Our warm ties actually go back even further. In the late 19th century, Philippine national hero Dr José Rizal left the Philippines for the first time. Singapore was his first port of call. Between 1882 and 1896, Dr Rizal visited Singapore four times and made detailed records of his observations. His writings are now precious and important records of 19th century Singapore,” he said.
The special edition stamps were made available to the public last May 16.