Lea Salonga, Jordan Clarkson lead global Filipinos in 75th Philippine stamps series

Lea Salonga Philippine stamps series
10 Filipino icons are featured on the new collectible stamps series.

Filipino music legend Lea Salonga and basketball star Jordan Clarkson are headlining the Living Legend series of commemorative stamps set to be issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) to mark the 75th anniversary of the first local postage stamp.

Salonga confirmed on Monday her having been chosen to be part of the World Renowned Filipinos Living Legends Series 1 commemorative stamps.

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“Yup, this is for real! I’ve been chosen to be commemorated on a stamp and postcards to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first postage stamp in the Philippines! And I am in wonderful company! Huzzah!” posted the Disney Legend on her social media on November 8, 2021.

The Post Office has so far revealed six teasers for the 10 featured global Filipinos included in the upcoming collectible stamps scheduled to be fully revealed on November 13 at the Manila Central Post Office.

“This first series includes Filipino icons whose great performance in art, fashion, science, sports, and business touched the world. These Living Legends have brought genuine pride and honor to our people,” the Post Office explains.

Lea Salonga, Broadway Royalty and Disney Princess

Stamps immortalize icons while connecting people across the world, and this Tony Award-winning Philippine actress and singer with a 40-year stellar international career is finally getting featured on stamps. Her message? “Focus on the work and tell the story the best way you can!”

Can you guess who this iconic Filipino is? The Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) shall issue stamps to tell her story, in line with Celebrating 75 Years of the First Stamp of the Republic of the Philippines.

Jordan Clarkson, NBA 6th Man of the Year

“Stay smooth” is the simple but meaningful mantra of the next person on the roster of Filipino icons.

He is a basketball player who is proud of his heritage and he has demonstrated his immense pride by playing for the national men’s basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, at the 2018 Asian Games. The current NBA Sixth Man of the Year for 2021 will be featured on stamps we’re releasing for National Stamp Collecting Month.

Paeng Nepomuceno, Bowling Champion

At 19, he became the youngest person in history to win the Bowling World Cup. He has been named the International Bowling Athlete of the Millennium and holds the Guinness World Record for the most tenpin bowling titles (at 133) in a career!

“Believe and always strive for excellence”, he says, on stamps that honor and immortalize his legacy.

Eugene Torre, Chess Grandmaster

At just 22, this Filipino made history in 1974 by becoming the first Asian to qualify for the title of chess grandmaster. He was inducted into the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame in 2016, and this year he became the first Asian male to be inducted into the World Chess Hall of fame.

Today, he turns 70! If you know who this is, be sure to greet this #LivingLegend a happy birthday. He is one of the ten World-Renowned icons the Post Office will feature on stamps on figures who have fueled Filipino pride and proven that Filipino talent rises to the global standard.

Josie Natori, Fashion Designer

“You can be what you want to be” is an idea that fuels this great mind. This multifaceted Filipina performed a piano solo with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra at age 9 and became the first female vice president of investment banking at Merrill Lynch.

Knowing no boundaries, she explored another field and now proudly flaunts Philippine culture through fashion design. For her success, she has been given the Galleon Award in 1988 and was conferred with the Order of Lakandula in 2007. The Post Office shall issue stamps honoring this internationally-recognized Philippine fashion designer soon!

Jollibee, Filipino Restaurant

Kilala niyo ba siya? This fast-food giant first appeared in the mid-1970s. Within its first ten years, it started to lead the local scene, filling stomachs and touching hearts. For generations of Filipinos here and abroad, seeing this figure makes people happy, because it brings them a glimpse of home.

Soon, more people will experience how this familiar friend is sharing and “Bringing Joy to the World”!

The Post Office earlier in October launched Barangay Ginebra icon Robert “Bobby” Jaworski’s own Living Legend Stamp.

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