Monday, December 7, 2009

Stamp Of Approval

[Image credit: Manresa Jesuit Retreat House website]
Pinoy Kasi: Jesuits on stamps
By Michael Tan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

With Ateneo de Manila University’s sesquicentennial coming up, I began to read up on the history of the Jesuits in the Philippines. There were numerous publications on this topic in libraries—real and virtual—but the most entertaining one I found was on the Internet, with the Jesuits’ story told in stamps.

The story is posted on the website of the Manresa House, a Jesuit retreat center in the United States, and is managed by Fr. Peter Fennessy, who has included stamps from all over the world as long as it has something to do with the Jesuits. The collection is immense, with one webpage after another, divided into three sections: Jesuits, Jesuit Institutions and Jesuitica.

Click on Jesuit Institutions and you have an index listing the many countries in the world where the Jesuits are present. Click on the Philippines and you have 10 pages of materials, providing an excellent overview of the Jesuits in the Philippines. The many stamps that our Post Office has issued to commemorate Jesuit institutions is in itself a testament to the strong impact of the Jesuits on the Philippines.

I checked it out, and indeed the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House website has an impressive collection of Society of Jesus-related postage stamps, including Ateneo de Manila commemorative stamps.

To date there's none issued for my other alma mater, Ateneo de Naga. Perhaps next year when ADNU celebrates its 70th year?

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