10 Outstanding Filipinos featured in commemorative post office stamps
On Feb. 26, in a ceremony held at the historic Manila Central Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio, the Philippine Post Office under the Office of President Duterte has launched the 10 Outstanding Filipinos Commemorative Stamps that recognize the true and most important wealth of the country—the Filipino people.
The Post Office paid tribute to five Philippine cinema queens, two legendary athletes, two internationally recognized scientists, and one critically acclaimed painter. All were chosen for having uplifted the nation with their excellence.
“The 10 Outstanding Filipinos honored by the Post Office have dedicated their lives and talents to the Filipino people. So they deserve to be immortalized in our stamps, to inspire not only Filipinos but every nationality who sees our stamps. We are proud of their accomplishments,” says Norman N. Fulgencio, postmaster general.
The “Living Legends – Outstanding Filipinos: Series I,” which is the second of the three categories of the Philippine Stamps released by the Post Office commemorates the 75th anniversary of the first issuance of stamps by the Republic of the Philippines.
“After 75 years, so much has changed. We are now living in a moment in history where everything is possible and anything can spark greatness. People are the most valuable asset a country could have. We honor our beloved personalities whose talents and indomitable spirit make them true treasures,”says Fulgencio.
With the theme: “Salamat: Pagpupugay sa mga Alamat,” the 10 Outstanding Filipinos are bowler Bong Coo, actress Gloria Romero, basketball player “El Presidente” Ramon Fernandez, “Star for All Seasons” Vilma Santos, painter Romulo Galicano, actress Susan Roces, scientist Dr. Baldomero Olivera, Filipino scientist and physician Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo, actress and philanthropist Rosa Rosal, and “Superstar” of Philippine cinema Nora Aunor.
‘The 10 Outstanding Filipinos honored by the Post Office have dedicated their lives and talents to the Filipino people. So they deserve to be immortalized in our stamps, to inspire not only Filipinos but every nationality who sees our stamps. We are proud of their accomplishments.’
“This is our modest way of giving recognition and paying tribute to our legends. They have tirelessly served this nation through giving joy and inspiration from their movies, pride and passion from international wins and recognitions, caring for others through their scientific innovations, and all the sacrifices they have made for us,” Fulgencio added.
The Post Office also awarded the winners of the recent “First Philippine Postal Corporation Art Competition 2021” in cooperation with the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the oldest artist organization in the country, which was founded in 1948.
Artist Ranier Angelo Bolivar’s entry entitled “Pagsibol” won the top prize and ₱100,000. Emil Jay Gulang’s “In Time” won second prize and ₱70,000. Siegfried M. Dela Torre’s “Jesters Blue” won third prize and ₱50,000. These winners bested more than 300 entries sent by artists from all over the country.
The Post Office has printed 215,000 copies of the 10 designs at ₱12 each. In house graphic arts designers’ Rodine Teodoro, Ryman Dominic Albuladora and Eunice Beatrix collaborated to produce a colorful, artistic, and modern design called “Pop Art Stamp.”
Stamps and Official First Day Covers are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office. Call 8527-01-08 or 8527-01-32 or follow/like the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PilipinasPhilately/ for updates.