Date of Issue : 5 June 2014
Spanish Post issued a commemorative stamp in promotion of Spanish language on 5th June 2014. Spanish Post, Correos is involved in promoting the Marca España and has issued this stamp dedicated to the ‘Ñ’ of the Spanish language with all the features of the series: ‘Ñ’ as a watermark, the distinctive colours of Marca España and the incorporation of a vignette into the design. The stamps also display the spines of two of the most famous BOOKS written in the Spanish language, Don Quijote by Cervantes, and The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa.
The strongest heritage Spain has, and the one most internationally widespread today, is the Spanish language, which is growing every day in all its many forms: as a native language, a studied language, as a vehicle of cultural diffusion, as an international language of communication second only to English and also as the language of intercontinental economic exchanges.
It is the second most used language in the world, after Chinese, with some 456 million native speakers. It is clear that this continued growth – Spanish is now the third most used language on the Internet – stems not only from the interest which the Hispanic culture inspires in the rest of the world, with its long history and a wide range of literature which has brought forth a significant number of Nobel laureates and recipients of the Prince of Asturias and Cervantes awards. It is also down to the important role being forged by economic and working relations between the Hispanic sphere and the rest of the world. It could be said that the Spanish language is the country’s foremost industry.
News from Philippines
ASEAN stamp design competition introduced by PHLPost
The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) launches a nationwide stamp-designing contest with the hope that the country’s entry will be chosen as the official stamp design to welcome the “ASEAN Economic Community” on 2015.
Three entries from the contest shall be chosen and winners will receive PhP5,000 as first prize; PhP3,000 as secondprize; and PhP2,000 as third prize. PHLPost shall send the first prize winning design to Thailand as the Philippine Official Entry to the “Joint Issue of ASEAN Community Commemorative Stamp.” The prize for best design is USD1,000 while the prize for best postmark design is USD500.
“This contest aims to realize the commitment of member-countries to issue a set of joint stamps themed ‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community’,” says Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz.
The contest, which will run until September 15, 2014, is open to high school and college students, artists, and other interested parties. Entries must be made on a white illustration board sized 18 inches by 18 inches. Rendering should be by pastel on paper or canvass, oil, or acrylic. Computer-generated artwork and photographs will not be allowed. A brief narrative interpretation should accompany submitted entries.
Entries will be judged based on originality, relevance to the contest’s theme, visual impact, and artistic method.
Entries may only be submitted via Domestic Express Mail Service or Express Pouch Service addressed to the ASEAN Community Commemorative Stamp Design Contest, Philippine Postal Corporation, Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, 3rd Floor, Manila CPO Building, 1000 Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila.
Interested participants are enjoined to contact the Special Project Officer, Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division at +632-527-0132 or +632-527-0108.