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PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost releases Birth Centenary Stamps of National Artist Francisco V. Coching

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released a commemorative stamp featuring the birth centenary (1919-2019) of Francisco V. Coching, National Artist for Visual Arts.

Born on January 29, 1919, National Artist Francisco V. Coching is acknowledged as the Dean of Philippine Illustrators. He was a master storyteller in images and in print. His illustrations and novels were products of happy combination of fertile imagination, a love of storytelling, and fine draftsmanship.

Coching was a part of the golden age of the Filipino comics in the 50’s and 60’s. The source of his imagery can be traced to the Philippine culture from the 19th century to the 1960s. His works reflected the dynamics brought about by the racial and class conflict in Philippine colonial society in the 19th century.

In his characters and storylines, Coching brings to popular consciousness the issues concerning race and identity. He also discussed the concept of the hero, which resonates through the characters in his comics like Dimasalang and El Vibora.

Francisco V. Coching was proclaimed National Artist for Visual Arts in 2014 by former President Benigno Aquino III.

In house graphic artist Victorino Z. Serevo designed the stamps. PHLPost has printed 25,000 copies of the single design P12.00 commemorative stamps.

Stamps and Official First Day Cover are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and all other Postal Areas of the Philippine Postal Corporation.