Wednesday, December 7, 2016

U.S. Stamp: Lillian M. Gilbreth

Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth is a pioneer in industrial engineering and scientific management. She and her husband Frank Gilbreth, developed new practices and ideas to increase labor efficiency and worker satisfaction. They created Gilbreth, Inc. to work in motion studies, a business efficiency technique intended to increase productivity while decreasing worker fatigue. 

The books Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes (written by their children Ernestine and Frank Jr.), and the films based on the autobiographical books, tell the story of their family life with their twelve children, and describe how they applied their interest in time and motion study to the organization and daily activities of such a large family.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Philippine Stamp: Intramuros

Intramuros (lit. within the walls) is the historic centre and oldest district Manila, Philippines. It is also called the Ciudad Murada (Walled City) because of its most famous feature: a nearly three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications that almost completely surrounds the entire district. At the time of the Spanish Colonial Period, it was synonymous to the city of Manila itself. It was the seat of government when the Philippines was a component realm of the Spanish Empire. Districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros (lit. outside the walls) of Manila.

German Stamp: Hambacher Schloss

Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg in the eastern outskirts of the Palatine Forest in Germany. 

It is considered a symbol of the German democracy movement. The Hambach Fest, a German national democratic festival and one of the main public demonstrations in support of German unity, freedom and democracy during the Vormärz era, was celebrated in the castle. The festival ran between May 27 and 30 in 1832. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

German Stamp: Nofrette Berlin

The Nefertiti bust was discovered by a German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt in 1912 in Thutmose's workshop in Amarna Egypt. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, where it was originally displayed before World War II.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Philippine Stamp: Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th president of the Philippines, ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981.

Marcos died in Honololu, Hawaii on September 28, 1989. His body was kept in a refrigerated crypt and flown into the Philippines on September 17, 1993. Marcos' body remained in a refrigerated crypt in a mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte between 1993 and 2016. 

Marcos was finally buried on November 18, 2016, ten days after the Supreme Court of the Philippines allowed the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. On the morning of November 18, using Philippine Armed Forces choppers, his family and their supporters flew his remains from Ilocos to Manila for a private burial. The burial came as a unexpected to many, as the Supreme Court's ruling still allowed 15 days for the opposition to file a motion for reconsideration. Various protest groups formed immediately upon news of the burial. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Philippine Stamp: Bangko Sentral ng Philippinas 25th Anniversary

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) (lit. Central Bank of the Philippines) was inaugurated on January 3, 1949 with with Miguel Cuaderno, Sr. as first governor. 

On July 3, 1993, pursuant to the provision of Republic Act 7653 or the New Central Bank Act of 1993, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas was granted fiscal and administrative autonomy.