Stamps featuring the Federation of Free Farmers

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Federation of Free Farmers.

Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denomination and Quantity: P6.00 – – – – – 70,000
Date of Issue: October 25, 2003
Last Day of Sale: April 25, 2004
Sheet Composition: 50 (10 x 5)
Size of Stamps: 30mm x 40mm
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset ( 4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer: Leo Burnet
Design Coordinators: Antonio Montemayor
Rodolfo Perez
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
Design: The anniversary logo is an amalgam of elements embodying the spirit of the FFF peasant movement. The two circles symbolize the Federation's rich yesteryears and its promising future, both of which are linked together by a pathway as a reminder that the collective wisdom the FFF shall employ in its renewed journey finds strength in its historic struggles in the past. The palay stands for the movement's progress, collective strength and prosperity — heralded by its broad membership base and the fertile structures it has instituted for the betterment of the peasant sector. The handshake symbolizes the spirit of cohesive brotherhood or kapatiran that pervades the ranks of the farmer-members of FFF. The carabao, meanwhile, is the animal reminiscent of fields and paddies, the farmer's workhorse–sturdy, robust, and unfaltering like its master. Similarly, the plow is the farmer's primary tool, exemplifying his drudgery and sweat in toiling for the nation. The three mountains, representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, stands for the expansive foothold of the federation throughout the Philippines. The laurel is the emblem of knowledge, fashioned in a cradling position to symbolize its nurturing role in the movement. Finally, the Crown and Cross, which denote the FFF's foundation day on the Feast of Christ the King, also evoke how deeply entrenched the movement's philosophy is in the social canons of the Church.

The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) is an organization "of farmers, by farmers, and for farmers." It was founded on the Feast Day of Christ the King, October 25, 1953, by a group of lay Catholic leaders led by the late Dean Jeremias U. Montemayor. From the ashes of the Huk insurgency during the 1950s, the turbulent 1960s, the cataclysm of the martial Law years, the extraordinary events of EDSA, and up to the present day, the FFF has tirelessly fought for the rights of the small Filipino farmer. Read more.

 

Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available starting 25 October 2003 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

 

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