The late former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is now featured in commemorative stamps launched by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) on Monday, August 2, at the Manila Central Post Office Building.
According to Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio, it “will symbolize unity, respect, love of the country, and concern for one another regardless of color, race, or creed.”
“When a former president passes away, we set aside politics and the whole country mourns,” he continued. “Sa munting selyo na ito natin maaalala ang pagmamahal at malasakit ni President Noynoy para sa bayan.”
During the unveiling, Fulgencio expressed his gratitude to PNoy’s family for letting them push through with the tribute. The latter’s eldest sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, for her part, virtually thanked the organization for the initiative. “My sisters and I were deeply touched and overwhelmed with gratitude by the honor bestowed not only on Noy but all of you, his ‘bosses.’ The tremendous outpouring of love and all these expressions have given us great consolation,” she said.
PNoy’s cousin Mayor Len Len Oreta of Malabon City graced the occasion on behalf of the Aquino family. “We are thankful to the Post Office for paying tribute to President PNoy,” said Oreta.
The launch of the postage stamps, which are now available at the PHLPost office in Manila for P480 per sheet, marks 40 days since PNoy's death. He passed away on June 24 due to renal disease secondary to diabetes at 61 years old.
Article thumbnails by KJ Rosales via Philippine STAR