Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2003






2003, October 25.  Federation of Free Farmers, 50th Anniversary

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf. 14

Singles, Sheets of 50



   6p  Federation of Free Farmers 50th Anniversary Logo -  Singles  (70,000)


Designer:  Leo Burnet

Design Coordinators:  Antonio Montemayor, Rodolfo Perez

Layout Artist:  Alfonso V. Divina


First Day Covers:  Manila



Federation of Free Farmers - Golden Jubilee

The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) is an organization "of farmers, by farmers, and for farmers." It was founded on the Feast Day of Christ the King, October 25, 1953, by a group of lay Catholic leaders led by the late Dean Jeremias U. Montemayor. From the ashes of the Huk insurgency during the 1950s, the turbulent 1960s, the cataclysm of the martial Law years, the extraordinary events of EDSA (People Power Revolution), and up to the present day, the FFF has tirelessly fought for the rights of the small Filipino farmer.

Stamp Design:  The anniversary logo is an amalgam of elements embodying the spirit of the FFF peasant movement. The two circles symbolize the Federation's rich yesteryears and its promising future, both of which are linked together by a pathway as a reminder that the collective wisdom the FFF shall employ in its renewed journey finds strength in its historic struggles in the past. The palay stands for the movement's progress, collective strength and prosperity -- heralded by its broad membership base and the fertile structures it has instituted for the betterment of the peasant sector. The handshake symbolizes the spirit of cohesive brotherhood or kapatiran that pervades the ranks of the farmer-members of FFF. The carabao, meanwhile, is the animal reminiscent of fields and paddies, the farmer's workhorse--sturdy, robust, and unfaltering like its master. Similarly, the plow is the farmer's primary tool, exemplifying his drudgery and sweat in toiling for the nation. The three mountains, representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, stands for the expansive foothold of the federation throughout the Philippines. The laurel is the emblem of knowledge, fashioned in a cradling position to symbolize its nurturing role in the movement. Finally, the Crown and Cross, which denote the FFF's foundation day on the Feast of Christ the King, also evoke how deeply entrenched the movement's philosophy is in the social canons of the Church.




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