Sunday, January 6, 2013

1956 Leyte Landing

On October 20, 1944,  General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore at Leyte signaling the American reconquest of the Philippines. Shortly after his  arrival he made a radio address in which he said:
People of the Philippines, I have returned! By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil.

The Bureau of Posts issued a perforated commemorative stamp on October 20. 1956 to mark the 12th anniversary of the landing at Leyte.  An imperforate version of the stamp was issued on February 16, 1957. The lithographed stamp was printed by the Philippine Bureau of Printing.

First Day of Issue Cachet

A cachet was available for the release of the perforated stamp only.

First Day Covers

Perforated Stamp : October 20, 1956

Imperforate Stamp : February 16, 1957

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