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Tropical fruits featured on stamps

MANILA, Philippines – This summer season, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has released colorful stamps featuring the country’s popular fruits.
Some of the images of popular fruits in the Philippines presented in postage stamps, include the Egg Fruit (Pouteriacampechiana) or commonly known as chesa or “Tiessa” in the vernacular. It is a yellowish and pulpy fruit that looks like a boiled egg yolk.
The wild sweetsop (Rolliniadeliciosa) is a flowering plant in the custard-apple family. It is cultivated for its edible fruits, commonly known as “biriba” or wild sugar apple.
The Philippine wild raspberry (Rubusrosifolius) or Sapinit, which is endemic in the provinces of Quezon, Laguna, Palawan and some parts of Mindanao. The fruit has a bright red-orange color with a distinct bitter-sour-sweet taste and a hairy receptacle.
The dragon fruit (Hylocereusundatus) – a red-skinned fruit with white flesh or sometimes reddish in color. It is known as a cleansing fruit and carries many health benefits.
Also, PHLPost issued Pomelo stamps. Pomelos have a sweet, mild taste and a very thick rind inside of the pale green or yellow exterior.
Calamansi (Citrofortunellamitis) is a tropical lime native to Southeast Asia. It is cultivated for its edible but incredibly sour fruit. Calamansi is packed with ascorbic acid or vitamin C.
Another famous fruit found in the Philippines is the Tamarind which is a delicious, sweet fruit that has a wide variety of uses and applications, both for medicinal and culinary purposes.
The stamps in different denomination and official first day cover are now available at the Manila Central Post Office and in area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call PHLPost (02) 527-0108 or 527-0132.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.