New Lunar Year of the Rat heralded in Philippine postal stamps

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2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac. Image from PHLPost.

The new lunar Year of the Rat, also known as the Chinese New Year, is being heralded by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) with special commemorative stamps depicting the first animal of the Chinese Astrology.

The lunar year that begins on January 25, 2020, and ends on February 11, 2021, is believed to be lucky for people born in the Year of The Rat. The animal occupies the first and prominent position in the Chinese Zodiac. The year 2020 is believed by Chinese astrologists to be a year of new beginnings and renewals. This 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat.

PHLPost is marking the “Year of the Rat” with a stamp bearing cartoon rats done by in-house graphic artist Rodine C. Teodoro.

The specially issued stamps also come with a souvenir sheet that highlights the special embellishment of “Gold Foil Stamping”.

PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of the two (2) different colorful designs of the regular stamps which can be purchased at Php 12.00 and Php 45.00 per stamp.

PHLPost has also printed 4,000 copies of the limited edition souvenir sheets to be sold at Php 200.00 each for stamp collectors.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day covers of “New Year 2020: Year of the Rat” are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan De Oro. For inquiries, please call 8527-01-08 or 8527-01-32 or follow/like the Pilipinas Philately Facebook page.

PHLPost had recently issued collectible stamps featuring the 2019 SEA Games, Pinoy music legends Rico J.Puno, Joey “Pepe” Smith, and Hotdogs’ Rene Garcia, the CCP’s 50th anniversary, and the 100 years anniversary of Philippine Cinema.

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