A couple of weeks ago, I went on an Old Manila Heritage Tour sponsored by the Pilipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club, a tour that covered the Metropolitan Theatre, the Arroceros Forest Park, Liwasang Bonifacio, and the Manila Post Office. It was not as organized as I would have liked, but then again it was a free tour, so I shouldn’t be complaining.
At the end of the tour, there was a stamp collecting seminar and by then my book club friends had decided they’d had enough geekiness for one day. I was tired, too, but I couldn’t resist staying. I’ve never had any formal instruction in collecting stamps and I’ve got two albums bursting full of them, some from my childhood collection and some accumulated after two years of BookMooching.
I learned a lot from the seminar, especially about handling stamps and seriously collecting them. Not that I plan to join the stamp collecting club, but I did get an idea to revamp my collection — focus on bookish stamps! And right outside the room were a bunch of stamp dealers that were more than eager to start me off on my collection! (And give me an excuse to shop!)
Check out the goodies I got:
A Tintin stamp from the Netherlands.
And a Doraemon stamp from Japan.
And the piece de resistance, my favorite of the bunch:
The geek in me would like to announce that it’s not my only Noli Me Tangere stamp — I have another one from 1986, and another from 1998, survivors from my original collection:
I’ve been putting off reviving my stamp collection for a long, long time, and now I can’t wait to go hunting for more bookish stamps — and new stamp albums!
(If you have any bookish stamps you can spare, send them my way!)