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25 August 2020

National Heritage Month 2020 — Larong Atin! Philippine Traditional Games

The Philippines: National Heritage Month 2020 — Larong Atin! Philippine Traditional Games, 25 August 2020. Images from PHLPost

Technical Specifications:

DATE OF ISSUE: 25 August 2020 [postponed from 02 May 2020]
DESIGN: Rodine C. Teodoro and Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu (PHLPost)
DENOMINATION: P12.00, P14.00, P15.00, P17.00 (stamps); P100.00 (souvenir sheet)
SIZE: 40 mm x 30 mm (stamps); 50 mm x 35 mm (souvenir sheet)
SHEET COMPOSITION: se-tenant blocks of 4, sheetlet of 8
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset Lithography
QUANTITY: 100,000 (25,000 per design; 4 designs); 5,000 Souvenir Sheets; 400 Official First Day Covers –  Stamps; 400 Official First Day Covers – Souvenir Sheets

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) issues “Larong Atin! Philippine Traditional Games” stamps, souvenir sheets, and official first day covers for National Heritage Month (NHM) 2020.

The Larong Atin! se-tenant block of four features the following games: bato-bato-pik / jack-en-poy (rock-paper-scissors), bahay-bahayan (playing house), luksong tinik (thorn hurdles), and trumpo (spinning top). The souvenir sheet for Larong Atin! shows jolen (marbles), piko (hopscotch), tumbang preso (knock down the prisoner), and saranggola (kite). These Philippine Traditional Games sharpen problem-solving skills, promote healthy competition, and encourage physical activity for youth from all walks of life. Each game has a story to tell about our values and traditions.

Philippine traditional games can be considered living “intangible heritage”, the preservation of which is supported by the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Also called laro ng lahi, these games are recreational activities that introduce children to Filipino values such as pakikipagtulungan (helpfulness), pagkakaisa (cooperation), and pakikisama (getting along well with people), among others.

This issuance puts the spotlight on traditional Filipino games as an important part of Filipino culture. PHLPost shares the advocacy of preserving and continuing Filipino heritage with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI).

Stamps, Souvenir Sheets, and Official First Day Covers of “Larong Atin! Philippine Traditional Games” will be available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.

Miniature Sheet:

Updating you with the correct philatelic bulletin for this issue.
Erratum: stamps are 30 mm x 40 mm instead of “40 mm x 30 mm”.
Please see the attached Philatelic Bulletin (in .pdf/.png formats).

While we have you, Pilipinas Philately will be holding a Facebook Live tomorrow (25 August) on the Larong Atin! Philippine Traditional Games NHM 2020 issuance. The event will start at 2:00PM. The hosts, the PHLPost Creatives, shall also be discussing their process in designing stamps.

We hope to see you all there!

We appreciate your eager support for philately.
Thank you!

First Day Cover:

Stamps, Souvenir Sheets, and Official First Day Covers of “Larong Atin!  Philippine Traditional Games” are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices and stamp on wheels.

Stamp collectors will have the option to purchase the stamps by ordering online ( or through telephone (8527-0132/85270108). Specially designated postmen or “wheel riders” will deliver these stamps and collect payments.

in celebrating National Heritage month, last Aug 25, our friends in Philpost made a 2nd live event podcast featuring the stamps of “Larong Atin! ” with Ms. Jane and sir Rod Teodoro as our host, featuring the new stamp  issue Larong Atin! our Philippine Traditional Games. supposed to come out last May but due to the pandemic, it has been delayed.

last month , July 30 they aired their first live event, initiated by Filipinas Philately they have a “Pilipinas Philately” TV their first youtube channel, 2nd vlog will be available next month. Thanks to Maxi Santa Maria for the efforts in promoting this hobby, it started at 2pm. Ms. Arlene Labao also talked about stamps and the National Heritage month.

Every May, which is (National Heritage Month) stamps like our Philippine sunset(2018),  textiles, heritage churches and last yr, Women as heritage keepers, last yr (2019) all designs are posted in the Philpost website or at the website of Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak,(

So, every May during National Heritage month ex  the year before that, (2018) the Philippine sunset, all available  at postal store or stamp on wheels. and next month they will feature National teachers month stamps, you can view the live event here by clicking this link.


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