Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jose Rizal at 150 Commemorative Stamps

The theme for the Sunday Stamps @ Viridian's Postcard Blog is patriotic and I am sharing these commemorative stamps of our national hero, Dr. Jose P Rizal for his 150th birthday.

The stamps were issued by the PhilPost on 19 June 2011. The designs featured here are those of student artists, Marc Aran C. Reyes and Lex Kempho Lacar. They won the contest on stamp designs based on interpretation of the national hero's ideals.

To elaborate more on the design of the stamps, here's an excerpt from a PhilPost article about this issue:

Designs: Marc Aran Reyes
The artist wanted to show Rizal standing with a dove beside him symbolizing Rizal’s aspiration for freedom. The Philippines, like a dove, is meant to be free from all kinds of oppression. Also depicted is the cover of the Noli Me Tangere, one of Rizal’s greatest novels. He also included the elements of the flag: the stars and the rising sun, symbolizing hope and bright future.

Lex Kempo Lacar
To show how Rizal became a pillar of the nation, there is a depiction of the colors and elements of the National flag (blue, red, three stars and a sun). The sun also symbolizes Rizal’s peaceful quest for freedom.

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  1. It's like you read my mind. My first entry for Sunday Stamps is about Rizal@150 commemorative stamps too. Only I post the other set.

  2. It is interesting to see the different interpretations by the students.

  3. @Wandering Gene: :) I'm going to the Manila Post Office tom to get that other set.

    @Postcardy: Indeed it is. That's why I miss teaching and being w/ students.

  4. I looked him up on Wikipedia. I am sad he isn't better known in the USA. thanks for participating.

  5. Was 19 June his birthday? Mine too!! But not my 150th. :)


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