Stamps featuring the National Stamp Collecting Month

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of stamps and a souvenir sheet in celebration of the National Stamp Collecting Month (November), featuring works of some comics illustrators, as tribute to more great achievers in Philippine art.

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination & Quantity: P6.00 —–140,000 (4 designs)
Souvenir Sheet: P22.00—– 10,000
Date of Issue: November 15, 2004
Last Day of Sale: November 14 2005 (as stocks allows)
Size of Stamps: 30mm x 40mm
40mm x 30mm
Sheet Composition: 50 (10×5) or (5×10)
Size of Stamp in Souvenir Sheet: 30mm x 80mm
Size of Souvenir Sheet: 67mm x 97mm
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer & Layout Artists: Alfonso V. Divina
Victorino Z. Serevo
Design Coordinator: Ramon Orlina
Designs: (Stamps): Comics illustrations from the book "A Hi of the komiks of the Philippines and others Countries”, provided by Abe Ocampo

(Souvenir Sheet): comics cover design (Mars Ravilo’s Darna by Mosanto of Yonzon's Mango Comics) 

Lapu-lapu, by Francisco V. Coching. Coching was born on January 29, 1919. He left school at an early age to work for the magazine Liwayway, where his father was a novelist. He apprenticed with Tony Velasquez. In 1934, he created Bing Bigotilyo, and the year after, Marabini. After the war, he created Bulalakaw. However, it was Hagibis, his next work, that won him fame. Hagibis, which was inspired by Kulafu of Francisco Reyes and Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, ran for 15 years in Liwayway and was followed by sequels: Anak ni Hagibis and Si Gat Sibasib. Coching's creations were sought out by producers who made movies out of them. All but three of his dozens of komiks novels were made into movies. Coching both wrote and illustrated his stories. His works had strong narrative flow, brimming with drama, and punctuated by actions and surprise. His illustrative style belonged to the romantic tradition of komiks illustration, which he dominated from 1934 until 1973, the year he retired. Read more


Stamps, souvenir sheets and Official First Day Covers will be available starting 15 November 2004 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Renional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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