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PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost to release Fight of the Century Pacquiao postage stamps


This month, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will release “special postage stamps” in support of the boxing icon and “national pride” Representative Manny Pacquiao's in the long sought “Fight of the Century” with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 02.

With the People's Champ's success in helping reclaim international respect for the Philippines through his boxing skills and power, PHLPost has added another historic achievement to Manny’s long list of accolades.

The Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” Philippine postage stamps will be released at P10 each. PHLPost is set to issue 500,000 copies featuring a photo of Pacman, highly regarded as one of the world’s greatest athletes. About 30,000 copies of the souvenir sheet will also be released at P40 each.

Before PHLPost start printing these stamps, it was first approved by the Philippine Stamp Committee composed of representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippine Philatelic Federation (PPF), and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The choice photo was given by the Office of Representative Pacquiao and PHLPost in-house artist Rodine Teodoro did the lay-out of the Pacquiao regular stamps, the souvenir sheets and official first day cover.

“This “Fight of the Century” postage stamps featuring the nation’s pride and world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is a fitting tribute to his exceptional character and ability that truly unites the nation whenever he fights,” Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz said.

It will be remembered that this is the second time People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao was featured in postage stamps. In 2008, he was the first living Filipino athlete to be immortalized in stamps and be given such an honor by PHLPost. The said issuance was a prelude to the “Lethal Combination” showdown with WBC lightweight champion David Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 28, 2008. The stamps were a hit here and abroad.

Special stamps are issued by PHLPost to promote, publicize and draw attention to outstanding people, events and objects of national and international significance.

The stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover shall be available at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.