The LVI edition of the National Philatelic Exhibition (Exfilna) and the V European Collecting Convention (ECC for its acronym in English), held in Seville, have been closed on Sunday with a record attendance of 25,000 people. This number of visitors has been reached by counting only the tent installed in the Plaza de San Francisco.
Sevillian Mario Mirmán, president of the National Association of Businessmen of Philately and Collecting of Spain (Anfil), has valued the excellent result that is also shown in the volume of business carried out: "It has been a success of this double encounter; both for the organizers and the public, where there has been a lot of young people and children. "
At the gala dinner at the Plaza de Armas hotel, on Saturday night, the winners of the grand prizes were awarded. The Exfilna's Qualifying Jury awarded the Grand Master Prize, Great Gold Medal and trophy of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Development. Francisco Infantes Peña, for his collection 'Tests and essays from Alfonso XIII to 1960', which also received the Grand Prix Grande Gold Medal, Post and Telegraph Trophy, for his collection 'Certified Mail Alfonso XIII'. After this act, the 'Palmarés Dinner', chaired by the Minister of Economy of the Junta de Andalucía, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Works, Jesús Manuel Gómez García, among other authorities.
During the course, they received the Grand Master Gold Medal of the Alejandro Abadía París contest, Luis Alemany Indarte, Juan Antonio Llácer García, Adelino A Melo Caravela, Rafael Pérez Rodríguez, Pedro Sánchez Villalva, Agustín Alberto de León, José Alberto Barreras Barreras, Arturo Ferrer Zabala, the philatelic catalog Edificil, Manuel Arango Echevarri, Francisco Piniella Corbacho, Rafael Pérez Gómez, Adolfo Sarrías Enríquez and Alfredo Frohlich. Likewise, the awards of the Traditional Philately, Postal History, Thematic Philately, Aerofilamy, Postal Stationery, Maximofilia, Tax Philatelic, Open Philately, Modern Philately, Postcards, Philatelic Literature and Other Collectables competitions were awarded.