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Banknote | Philippines P-189 | 2000 Piso Centennial Commemorative

Philippines P-189, 2000 Piso Centennial Commemorative Banknote, 1998;
President Estrada taking his oath in Barasoain Church / Re-Enactment of the Declaration of
Philippine Independence at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite (12.06.1998) by President Estrada

Certificate of Issuance
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Certificate of Issuance Text: 

This is to certify that BSP issued only 300,000 pieces of this 216 mm x 133 mm 2,000 Piso centennial commemorative legal tender banknote.

The obverse side features President Joseph Ejertcito Estrada taking oath of office on June 30, 1998 in the historic Barasoain  Church, the set of the first democratic republic in Asia shown in the background as well as the scroll of the Malolos Constitution and the seal of BSP.

The reverse side depicts the re-enactment of the declaration of Philippine Independence at the Aguilnaldo Shrine in Kawit. Cavite on June 12, 1998 by President Fidel V. Ramos and also features the Philippine Centennial Commission logo.

The secutiry features of the note include a 3-dimensional cylinder mould-made portrait watermark of the two presidents and the years 1989-1998, iridescent band, color-shift windowed security thread, latent image and perfect see-though register.

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Postcard | Hong Kong | Wisdom Path

Hong Kong | Wisdom Path

Postcard | Hong Kong | Wisdom Path
Common Kingfisher and Fork-tailed Sunbird
Common Kingfisher and Fork-tailed Sunbird
POSTCARD: The Wisdom Part was completed in 2005 which is the biggest outdoor Buddhist scripture wood carving arrangement in the world. It features an arrangement of 38 giant wood columns measuring 8-10 meters long and 1 meter wide to showcase calligraphy by master of Chinese studies Professor Jao Tsung-I. The inscription is the text of Heart Sutra. Sympathetic with the terrain, these wood columns are arranged in an infinity pattern.

STAMPS: Definitive stamps featuring Common Kingfisher and Fork-tailed Sunbird at 1HK$ and 1.40HK$ respectively.

Thanks to Lok of Hong Kong!

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Postcard | Malaysia | National Monument (Tugu Negara)

The Malaysian National Monument (Tugu Negara)

The Malaysian National Monument (Tugu Negara)
Ferns (Paku miding/Stenochlaena palustris)

POSTCARD: The 15 meters National Monument in Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur near the Malaysian Houses of Parliament, is the world's tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping constructed in 1966 and designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon. It is dedicated to the fallen heroes who gave their lives during World War II and the Malayan Emergency (1948-60).

STAMP: Flora commemorative stamp featuring Ferns (Paku miding/Stenochlaena palustris) issued in 2010.

Thanks to Junainah of Sabah, Malaysia!

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Postcard | United States of America | Michigan

United States of America | Michigan

Postcard | United States of America | Michigan
Purple Heart, US Flag and "Where Dreams Blossom"
POSTCARD: A fascinating atmosphere in which to live or visit. Within the borders of the 26th state are contrasts of exciting, dynamic cities, culture and lighthouses with unspoiled wilderness and wildlife.

Michigan, the Wolverine State, is the 26th state of US and the 9th most populous of the 50 states and 11th most extensive total area with the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world. Michigan's state capital is Lansing and the largest city is Detroit.

STAMP: Purple Heart commemorative stamp issued 2012 and the 2013 US Forever stamp featuring US Flag and "Where Dreams Blossom"

Thanks to Melissa of the United States of America!

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Postcard | Netherlands | Schokland and Surroundings

Schokland and Surroundings

Netherlands | Schokland and Surroundings
Inauguration King Willem-Alexander; Busy Green stamp
NL-2066115 / Travels 10,399 km (6,462 miles) in 20 days from The Netherlands to the Philippines

POSTCARD: The Schokland, a popular archeological site in Noordoostpolder, Province of Flevoland, is a former island reclaimed from the the sea in 1942. Schokland and Surroundings is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Netherlands symbolizing the struggle of the people of Netherlands against the encroachment of the waters.

STAMPS: 2013 commemorative stamp of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander and the 2011 Busy Green definitive stamp.

Thanks to Mieke of Amsterdam,  Netherlands!

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Mapcard | Switzerland ( Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera)

Mapcard of Switzerland

Mapcard of Switzerland ( Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera)
Alsfeld Town Hall stamp; tagetes; tulpe;
POSTCARD: Switzerland is a landlocked country in Western and Central Europe bordered by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is the birthplace of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement, and  home to a large number of international organizations and large multinational corporations. Switzerland's economy is stable and prosperous making it as one of the wealthiest/richest country in the world and has the highest wealth per adult of any country in the world.

STAMPS: 2011 commemorative stamp with Alsfeld Town Hall (built 1512-1516) of Timber-framed buildings in Germany (II) series and the 2005 definitive stamps showing tagetes and tulpe (flower series).

Thanks to Lothar of Germany!

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Postcard | Ireland | Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher at County Clare

Cliffs of Moher at County Clare, Ireland
Black-legged Kittiwake 2013 stamp
POSTCARD: "The beautiful Cliffs of Moher are a haven for seabirds and a place where people can regain a true perspective of heir place in nature."

The 8 kilometers cliffs are standing 702 feet (at their highest point) in Burren Region, County Clare facing the Atlantic coast and and considered as Ireland's most visited natural spot attracting millions each year. Around 30,000 birds in 20 species are living on the cliffs.

STAMP: Definitive stamp issued 2013 featuring the black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla).

Thanks to Crissybaby of Ireland!

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Mapcard | Taiwan | Republic of China

Mapcard | Taiwan | Republic of China
2013 stamp; Children at Play & Wild Mushroom of Taiwan

Children at Play & Wild Mushroom of Taiwan
POSTCARD: Taiwan is a state in East Asia bordered by People's Republic of China, Japan and Philippines. Taiwan, with Taipei as capital, is one of the Four Asian Tigers and a member of WTO and APEC.

STAMPS: NT$5; 2013 Children at Play Stamp with children carrying lantern; 2013 Wild Mushrooms of Taiwan (III) stamp showing Morchella elata.

Thanks to Rachel of Taiwan!

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Postcard | Thailand | Hua Hin Railway Station

Hua Hin Railway Station

Thailand | Hua Hin Railway Station
King Bhumibol & National  Children's Day Stamp
STAMP: King Bhumibol & The National
Children's Day 2013 Commemorative Stamp
TH-146468 / Travels 2,198 km (1,366 miles) in 15 days from Thailand to the Philippines.

POSTCARD: Hua Hin Railway Station in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province is the most beautiful and one of the oldest railway stations in Thailand. Built during the reign of King Rama VI, the wooden station used to be a royal pavilion in Sanam Chan Palace before its relocation and was rebuilt in 1968. The station was famous among local and foreign tourist because of its unique architecture.

STAMPS: Definitive stamp issued 10-10-2010 showing King Bhumibol at 7฿ (Thai baht) and the National Children's Day 2013 Commemorative Stamp featuring cartoon figures wearing the national costumes of the 10 member countries. It is issued in 2013 in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

Thanks to Jirat of Thailand!

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