A stamp depicting the June inauguration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was among various stamps at the booth set up by the Philippines at the PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition in Taipei.
The stamp was issued to celebrate the inauguration of Duterte, said a representative of the Philippine Postal Corp.
The Philippines issues special stamps to mark important events, the representative said, citing as an example a stamp featuring Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines, who won the Miss Universe title in 2015.
The Philippine Postal Corp. also issued a set of special stamps to celebrate its participation in this year's world stamp exhibition, featuring a monkey, to mark the year of the monkey in the Chinese zodiac, the representative said, adding that the set of stamps was popular with the visitors.
The monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac.
Other countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea and North Korea were among the participating countries in this year's world stamp exhibition. Their respective stamps reflected their unique cultures.
At the booth of North Korea, stamps covering various areas such as animals, historical figures and foods were on display.
An array of colorful stamps were showcased at the booth set up by Korea Post, the national postal service of South Korea. The exhibits included a set of stamps made from traditional Korean paper and issued in 2014, when Seoul hosted the world stamp exhibition, a representative from the Korean Post told CNA.
Other special stamps included those featuring traditional maps of South Korea in different periods in history, Korean wedding clothing and characters in popular Korean animations, as well as stamps of different types of dinosaurs, which were issued in an effort to help children learn more about dinosaurs, the representative said.
The World Stamp Championship Exhibition in Taipei ran from Oct. 21 to Wednesday, showcasing 2,450 philately items shown by exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.
Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan's official postal service, hosted this year's exhibition, which was held in Taiwan for the first time and coincided with the company's 120th founding anniversary.
The exhibition showcased creative designs, 16 special mailboxes painted with symbols and images from Taiwan's 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes, and displayed stamps from 101 countries.
The event also featured augmented reality stamps, animation, virtual reality and other audio-visual elements.
Over the six days, the exhibition received more than 300,000 visitors from home and abroad, according to the organizers.
Next year, the world stamp exhibition will be held in Indonesia.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel