August 27, 2009

40 Years of Diplomatic Relations Singapore-Philippines

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines, Singapore Post and Philippines Post will release a joint stamp issue featuring five significant bridges in Singapore and the Philippines. The theme, ‘Bridges’ is chosen to signify the strong, multi-faceted ties between both countries.

The 80-cents stamp depicts the Henderson Waves and Alexandra Arch, bouth found along the Southern Ridges, were opened in May 2008. Presently Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge, standing at 36m above the Henderson Road. The Henderson Waves connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blagah Hill Park, while the smaller bridge Alexandra Arch, connects Kent Ridge Park to Telok Blagah Hill Park via the Flora Walk.

The Cavenagh Bridge built in 1868, featured on the $0.65 stamp is the oldest bridge on the Singapore River. Built to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of the Straits Settlement, it was converted to a pedestrian bridge.

The Bamban Bridge
featured on the 1st local stamp, crossing the Sacobia-Bamban River system, along the MacArthur Highway between Mabalacat, Pampanga and Bamban, Tarlac, is one of the modern and sleek-looking bridges in the Philippines. The bridge’s arch has a span of 174 metres and contains 1,400 tons of steel. Completed around 1998, it is the longest bridge of its type in the world.

The Marcelo Fernan Bridge
depicted on the $1.10 stamp is an extradosed cable-stayed bridge located in Metro Cebu. It spans across Mactan Channel connecting Cebu Island to Mactan Island. Opened in August 1999. The bridge has a total length of 1237 metres with a centre span of 185 metres. This bridge is one of the widest and longest bridge span in the Philppines, and is named after Senator Marcelo Fernan from Cebu City.

Stamp Issue: 2009-08-28