PHLPost issues commemorative stamp for Villaflor hospital

THE Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has released new stamps to mark the 50thfounding anniversary of the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital (DDVMH) on Dec. 7.

The commemorative stamps feature the founder, Dr. Vivencio Villaflor Sr., a surgeon from Pitogo, Quezon and the modern hospital located in Barangay Mayombo this city.

Dr. Villaflor opened a humble clinic along Arellano St. here in 1968 to make quality medical care accessible to Dagupeños.

The DDVMH is now a private tertiary hospital with more than 150 highly-trained medical practitioners and paramedical personnel and is considered one of the leading health care institutions in Northern Luzon.

PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos said the commemorative stamp underscores a milestone in its history as it looks back at 50 years of dedicated service based on the vision of its founding patriarch—Dr. Villaflor Sr.

An ISO 900:2008 certified hospital, the DDVMH joins the ranks of hospitals in the world that meets international quality standards.

Dr. Villaflor Jr. and and Philpost’s  Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos unveil the framed first set of new stamps. They are joined by 4th District Rep. Christopher de Venecia, 7 and members of the Villaflor family. (PhilStar Wire Service)

PHLPost has printed 60,000 copies of the DDVMH stamp sold for P12 each.

The layout of the stamp was done by PHLPost in-house graphic designer Victorino Serevo.

The stamps and official first day cover will be available starting Dec. 7, 2018 at the Philatelic Counter, Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and selected Area Post Offices.

On the same event, the stamp collections of Dr. Vivencio Villaflor Jr., were also unveiled and will be on display at the hospital’s annex building for one week.

Dr. Viven, as he is popularly known, said when he was amused the first time he saw a stamp in grade school. And when he became a surgical resident, someone gifted him with collection of stamps and that started his love for collecting stamps.

He became a member of a philatelist group. Sadly, he said he is the only one surviving member. The oldest of his collections dates back in 1864 Philippine stamp.

He said he has lost count of the number of pieces of his stamp collections but added “actually I have a roomful of stamps” and considers his collection priceless considering the time and effort he had spent to collet them. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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