Filipinos Honored in an Andorran Stamp

Three children of Filipino origin are featured in a postage stamp in Andorra, immortalizing the economic and cultural contribution of Filipinos to the tiny European state.

The children — Veronica, Dylan and Von Mart — appear in the stamp wearing traditional Filipino costumes.  Ninety thousand copies of this stamp have been printed by the Spanish national postal service Correos. The stamps, which can only be bought in Andorra, costs 92 Euro cents or about P59.

andorraThe stamps honoring Filipinos comes after the Portuguese migrant community in Andorra received its own stamp.

“Twenty years na ako dito sa Andorra. Proud na proud ako na napili sa isa sa kanila yung anak ko,” said Dylan’s mother, Rhoda Evangelista Perez.

Von Mart’s mother, Curita Gega Manalo, hopes that the stamps reach the Philippines. “Natutuwa ako dahil sabi ko makikita ito ng buong mundo kahit sa atin sa Pilipinas.”

Andorra, a country sandwiched between France and Spain, has a population of approximately 80,000 and has become a primary shopping, banking and ski destination. There are about 700 Filipino residents who are active in promoting Filipino culture. Their active participation in various events caught the attention of the Andorran government, according to  Bong Canlas, president of Asociacio de Residents Filipins a Andorra.