Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Philatelic exhibit of Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala of the Philippines featuring the illustrious life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II

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Delfin T. Mallari Jr.

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For 13 year-old Alyssah Xeniah Alcala,  the tiny rectangular piece pasted on a mail envelope has been her favorite since Grade 2.


Aside from computer games,  Disney television programs,  Millionaires’ Game and occasional swimming,  stamp collecting has been her hobby.


“ When you have stamp collectors for parents,  it’s but natural for me,  especially being the only child,  to also indulge in the same hobby,”  she said,  referring to her parents Alberto and Antonette.


It started as a leisure and fun but it evolved into a passionate personal activity,  Alyssah explained.


The Alcalas live in a modest house in a subdivision along the Tayabas-Lucena national road in Barangay Gulang-gulang in Lucena City.


While other girls dabble on the latest teen stuff,  the high school sophomore from Sacred Heart College in Lucena prefers to learn the essential rules of stamp collecting – its  tools,  language and methods – including the finer forms of soliciting stamps from other collectors worldwide.


For Alyssah,  beautiful and exotic stamps and related postal objects are all that matter.  Every stamp has its own historical value that when intricately lined up and pasted for safekeeping can provide anyone with an exciting glimpse of the past,  she said.


Her  exhibit  of  stamp  collections  in  two  frames  titled  “ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ” won the gold and special prizes at the state level (youth category) at the Canberra Stamp Show 2006 held at the Hellenic Club in Canberra, Australia on March 18 – 20.


The Philatelic Society of Canberra staged the 14th consecutive biennial National Philatelic Convention, better known as the Canberra Stampshow,  which displayed 81 exhibits totaling 344 frames of stamp collections from prominent Australian collectors and a number of avid philatelists from other countries.


Alberto claimed a number of firsts for Alyssah in Canberra : “ In the 20 years of the Canberra Stampshow,  Alyssah was the first Filipino to join the exhibition.  She was also the youngest exhibitor ever to join the prestigious event at 12 years old and one of the first two exhibitors to receive a gold medal for the youth category.”


The same sets of stamps also won awards during the philatelic exhibitions in Gumaca and Lucban towns in Quezon,  San Pablo City in Laguna,  and the Philippine Postal Office lobby at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila last year.


Royal Collection     


“ I am enjoying the sights and culture of the different places of the philatelic exhibitions that our club is joining.  I also gained more knowledge and friends through my hobby,” Alysssah said.


Alyssah even wrote Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Winsor) of the United Kingdom a letter informing her of her collection of different stamps that portray the royal personality.


“ The Queen responded with a ‘thank you’ letter.  She also sent me photos of herself inside the Windsor Palace,” the beaming Alyssah said as she show the letter and the photos of Queen Elizabeth.


The girl started exhibiting her prized collections in her school two years ago with her initial compilation of stamps featuring the Virgin Mary and the little Jesus.  She named the album “ Mother and Child.”


“ We’re only five stamp collectors in our school,”  Alyssah said with a shade of lament.


Alberto said the Quezon Philatelic Club,  of which the whole Alcala family is member,  has again initiated the holding of exhibits and friendly competitions in several parts of the province to revive the interest of the public in stamp collection as a worthwhile hobby.


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Alyssah Alcala (PSCS member no. 4301-0625-0488) and her parents were shown on the popular T.V. show “Mel and Joey” last January 28.  The segment was of course,  about the famous stamp collecting family from Lucena City.  Stamp collecting runs in the family.  Alyssah’s parents, Antonette and Alberto (Abet) were also stamp collectors and the couple never thought that their daughter would not only become a stamp collector like them, but a premier class  collector.  Alyssah started collecting stamps only 7 years ago and has already won international awards from Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  Alyssah’s interests aside from her specialized topical collection are scented stamps, 3-Dimnesional and hologram stamps,  and stamps featuring Hollywood stars from foreign countries.  The Alcala Family are one of the pioneers of the Quezon Philatelic Club our sister club who are giving all PSCS members another philatelic gift with this issue “to start this year philatelically right.”


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The making of "Pamilya Alcala",  segment of the January 28, 2007 edition of Mel & Joey of GMA 7.




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Delfin T. Mallari Jr.

Page A13 of the June 21,  2007 issue 

LUCENA CITY – A high school student from Lucena City continues to reap honors abroad because of her stamp collections.


On June 17, Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala’s stamp collections, titled “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” was proclaimed the “2007 AAPE Youth Champion of Champions” in the National Topical Stamp Show at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas, USA.

The exhibit was sponsored by the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE).


It is also known among stamp collectors as the “World Series of Philately Exhibition,” Alyssah’s father, Alberto, said.

Winners of the AAPE Youth Grand Awards from nationally accredited shows in the US and Canada vied for the much-coveted “Youth Champion of Champions” and for many other donated awards.


The 14-year-old Alyssah represented Royal 2006 Royale, an annual national stamp exhibition in Canada where she won the “Youth Grand Award” and a “Vermeil Medal” last year.


“This is a great victory for our daughter because she’s an outsider. Alyssah is the first Asian or perhaps the first non-American or Canadian AAPE champion,” said Alberto, who’s also a serious stamp collector and the president of the Quezon Philatelic Club.


Alyssah, who is a sophomore at the Sacred Heart College in Lucena, bested several bemedaled stamp exhibitors for 2001, 2003 and 2005.

Alberto said Alyssah was equally surprised with the latest honor. “She was in school when we received the news through e-mail,” he said.


Last month, the same collection of different stamps that portray Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) of the United Kingdom won a Vermeil Medal in Rochester National Philatelic Exhibition (Ropex 2007) held at the ESL Sports Centre in Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York.


Vermeil is the medal level between gold and silver.


“Being part of Ropex 2007 is also very prestigious because this is being held under the auspices of one of the oldest philatelic organizations in the USA. Their first exhibition started as early as 1913. Apparently, no youth exhibitor from the Philippines has ever competed except my daughter,” Alberto said.


Alyssah’s Queen Elizabeth II stamp collection won the gold and special prizes at the state level (youth category) at the Canberra Stamp Show 2006 in Australia last year.


Alyssah was the first Filipino to join the 20-year-old Canberra Stamp Show and the youngest exhibitor ever to join the prominent event, according to her father.


She has been collecting stamps since she was in Grade 2.


In August 2006, the same stamp collection on Queen Elizabeth II garnered a “large silver medal” award in the Adelaide Stampex in Australia. The exhibition assembled 166 stamp collectors from different parts of the globe.


The following month, Alyssah’s multi-awarded collection also received recognition in Royal 2006 Royale National Stamp Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which gave her the merit to qualify in the AAPE contest.


In October, Alyssah’s collection was awarded a “silver bronze medal” and a diploma at Kiwipex 2006 held at the Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand.


Alyssah wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth II, informing her of her collection of different stamps that portray the royal personality. The queen responded with a “thank you” letter and photos of herself inside the Windsor Palace.


“Although I’m very happy with the recognition that I’ve been receiving for my stamp collection, I’m still sad that I was not able to join the other more prestigious competitions abroad due to lack of sponsors to fund my overseas exhibition,” Alyssah had lamented in an earlier interview.


More stamp collectors from abroad have been supporting her exhibits in foreign shores.


“ We really need sponsors to support her exhibits abroad,” Alberto said.  Whenever there are prestigious stamp exhibits abroad, Alberto said he coordinated with the organizers through e-mail. All the payments for mailing and entry fees are shouldered by the sponsors.


“Most of the time, youth exhibitors are free from entry fees,” Alberto said.

The “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” stamp collection returned to the country once in November 2006, he said. Alyssah took the opportunity to expand the collections from two to three frames.


Alberto said the preparation of stamp collections for an overseas exhibit entailed expenses, including those for acquiring more philatelic items, display materials and fees for mailing, entry and registration, and documentation.

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STAMP NEWS (Australasia)

January 2008 Edition

Articles in Planet Philippines

Through the courtesy of  Ms. Gretheline Ramos – Bolandrina,  publishing director,  Alyssah was featured in two (2) issues of PLANET PHILIPPINES in Boston,  Massachusetts,  USA.



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January 2008 Issue


YSCA's Pride


Young Stamp Collectors of America

March - May 2008 Issue