Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cover from Philippines

A superb cover received in October 2010 from Manila, Philippines. With a complete series of stamps issued on 8 September 2010, celebrating 300 years of devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol Region, in the province of Camarines Sur. The festivities start the second Friday of September each year and are the largest Marian devotion in the country. The first two 7p stamps show the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia from 1924 and 2009, the third stamp shows Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, and the fourth stamp shows the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga City (each stamp has a print-run of 160,000 pieces). The souvenir sheet of 28 pesos(8,500 pieces issued) shows in black and white the Shrine in Naga City. Thank you very muchJohn Paul!

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