2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationships between Portugal and the Philippines.It was nearly 500 years ago that the Portuguese and the Filipinos met for the first time. Around a year after his discovery of the strait linking the Atlantic and Paci c oceans, in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan, in the service of the Spanish king, Charles V, and actually with the intention of nding a westward route to the Maluku or “Spice” Islands, reached the Philippines, where he died in combat in April 1521. Tomé Pires, in Suma Oriental, was the rst European to mention the archipelago of the Philippines (1514?) and gave an exact description of the Moluccas.
Theme of this philatelic issue were the traditional owers of both countries: for Portugal, a type of lavender, “rosmaninho-maior” (Lavandula pedunculata), and for the Philippines, Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac), locally known as “sampaguita”.
Issue Date: 24.10.2016 Illustrator: Nuno Farinha Printer: INCM Process: Offset Size: 40 x 30,6 mm Values: €0.47, €0.80
Joint issue Portugal – France
With their grand vistas – one leading towards the triumphal arch that gives way to Praça do Comércio and the bank of the river Tejo, in Lisbon, the other linking Place de la Concorde and Place de la Madeleine, in Paris – rua Augusta and rue Royale typify the urban thinking of the Age of Enlightenment and, this year, are the subject of a philatelic issue shared between France and Portugal.
Rua Augusta was the jewel of the reconstruction plan devised by the Marquis of Pombal after the violent earthquake of 1755, which destroyed large parts of the city. The construction of the triumphal arch began in 1815, with the placing of the colonnades, and nished in 1873. Meanwhile, rue Royale was conceived by the architect of King Louis XV, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who also designed Place de La Concorde, and was built between 1758 and 1785 in the place where, until 1733, Ponte Saint-Honoré and the old forti cations of Paris were to be found.
Issue Date: 21.10.2016 Designer: Yves Beaujard Printer: La Poste Process: Intaglio : 31,77 x 52 mm Values: €0.47, €0.75
Malta – San Marino Joint Issue
The common theme chosen by MaltaPost and Poste San Marino is fortifications in the two respective states. The stamps are in a miniature sheet format depicting the in Gozo and the Prima Torre in San Marino, which structures both served to protect and shelter their respective inhabitants.
Issue Date: 18.10.2016 Designer: Artist: Cedric Galea Pirotta Design: Sean Cini Artist: Cedric Galea Pirotta Process: Offset Size: stamp: 41mm x 30.5mm, sheet; 120mm x 80mm Values: €0.59, €3.00