Saturday, November 10, 2012

1948 Anniversaries and Events : Official Cachets

In addition to postage stamps, the Philatelic Bureau prepared cachets for anniversaries and events for which stamps were not issued.

Constitution Day Anniversary: February 8, 1948

The 1935 Constitution creating the Commonwealth of the Philippines in remained in effect until the end of the Third Republic in 1972. The draft of the Constitution was adopted by the Philippine Constitutional Convention on February 8, 1935.

427th Anniversary of the Magellan's Discovery of the Philippines:
March 16, 1948

The Spanish expedition led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first sighted the mountains of Samar on March 16, 1521. Magellan became involved in rivalries among native tribes and engaged in a battle against Chieftan Lapu-Lapu. Magellan was killed on April 27, 1521.

160th Anniversary of Birth of Francisco Baltazar Balagtas:
April 2, 1948

Francisco Baltazar Balagtas (1788-1862) was a prominent Filipino poet, and is considered as the Tagalog equivalent of William Shakespeare.

City of Basilan : July 1, 1948

On July 1, 1948, the island of Basilan,  in Mindanao,became a chartered city. In 1973, the City of Basilan was converted into the Province of Basilan.


"City" of Basilan first day cancellation, July 1, 1948

2nd Anniversary Republic of the Philippines : July 4, 1948

City of Dumaguete : November 24, 1948

The City of Dumaguete, nicknamed The City of Gentle People, is the capital of the  province of Negros Oriental. On November 24, 1948, Dumaguete became a chartered city of the Philippines.

City of Dumaguete first day cancellation, November 24, 1948

National Heroes' Day

On February 16, 1921, the Philippine Legislature made November 30 of each year a legal holiday to commemorate the birth of Andres Bonifacio. Although  the Legislature,in 1931, declared the last Sunday of August of every year as National Heroes' Day, November 30 continued to be known as National Heroes’ Day for some time.

This cachet may not have been produced by the Postal Bureau