Stamps featuring the Year of the Rat

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue the fourth set in the second cycle of the New Year’s Greetings stamp series, to usher in 2008, the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination & Quantities: P7 – – – 50,000
P20 – – – 50,000
P54 – – – 10,000
Sheet Composition: 10 (2 x 5)
Size of Stamps: 40 mm x 30 mm
Size of Souvenir Sheet: 137mm x 80mm
Date of Issue: December 3, 2007
Last Day of Issue: December 2, 2008 (as stock allows)
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer: Jesus “Pidoy” de los Santos
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak T.
Graphic Designer: Robinson C. Cruza
Designs: P7 – – – stylized head of rat
P20 – – stylized rat

The Chinese astrological cycle begins with the year of the Rat. The rat possesses attributes ranging from charming and humorous to honest and meticulous. The Chinese say, those born in these years make good and wise advisors, yet they can never decide for themselves and they Change direction constantly. However, Rats at times hunger for power and money, leading some to be gamblers and others to be manipulative or petty. Their greed can lead them into a destructive trap. Read more.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and Official First Day covers will be available starting December 3, 2007 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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