Capuchin Monkey - Singles (100,000)
17p Orangutan - Singles
Miniature Sheets of Twenty (5,000)
23p Souvenir Sheets of Two + Two Labels (Perforate and
Victor Z. Serevo, Rufe A. Goco
Alfonso V. Divina
Capuchin monkey and male orangutan (reference provided by Petra and
the management and staff of the Manila Botanical and Zoological
First Day Covers: Manila
2004 YEAR OF THE MONKEY (Chinese
Of all the twelve signs in the cycle, this one
produces people of the most extra ordinary nature. The Monkey is
mischievous, high-spirited, a joker who is always full of
comedy--but he is devious with it. Although he's a sociable creature
giving the impression that he gets on famously with everybody, this
great rapport is often nothing but a ruse on the Monkey's part: he
is in the fact egotistical and selfish.
Playful, likeable, even obliging at times, he
hides the poor opinion he has of others beneath this apparent
friendliness. But, to tell the truth, he does not believe he is
under any other sign, and considers himself to be superior to any of
He is also something of an intellectual. He has
a great thirst for knowledge. He will have read everything, seen
everything, briefed himself of different kinds of things, and he
will be absolutely up to date on everything that's going on in the
world. Cultivated and well-educated, he has such a fantastic memory
that he can recall the tiniest details of everything he has seen,
read and heard. This is just as well, for otherwise he has an untidy
mind, and he relies on this memory a great deal.
Inventive and original in the extreme, the
Monkey can solve the most difficult problems with astonishing speed.
But once he has decided on a course of action, he should start as
soon as possible: if he can't, he loses interest and abandons the
idea without even trying it.
The Monkey has plenty of intelligence, and a
fantastic ability to pull the wool over people's eyes. He is so
artful that he can even fool the Dragon--who is strong, stubborn and
no fool himself-- and resist the magnetism of the Tiger, whom he
The Monkey, as diplomatic as he is, always
manages to extricate himself from the most difficult situation.
Independent and selfish, nobody's going to put anything over on him!
He has few scruples. He won't hesitate to stoop
to a lie or some piece of double dealing when it's necessary to
further his cause. He will continue to be dishonest just so long as
he is sure of getting away with it--for one of his characteristics
is that he is very rarely caught out or found out. Certain Monkeys
will stretch this elastic conscience of theirs to the point of
stealing--and even if they are not all thieves, they are certainly
In a nutshell, the Monkey is an opportunist. And
he has to be one, because his luck will bring him good opportunity.
Despite his negative aspects--the vanity, the lying, the
unscrupulousness--people will always seek him out for his
intelligence and the sharpness of his wit. Skillful in enterprises
of great scope, shrewd and sly in money matters, the Monkey will
prove an admirable associate and collaborator in anything requiring
a quick wit, clear sightedness and perhaps a conscience that is
fairly easy to satisfy!
He can succeed in any profession. Politics,
diplomacy, industry, trade--none of them will have any secrets from
him. He can try anything. Anything will work--above all if he has
been fortunate enough to have a higher education.
The Monkey has a good chance of becoming
well-known or famous, provided he is allowed to follow his chosen
vocation. One thing only threatens his success: he should be careful
not to open his mouth too wide. Even with his charm, he can still
weary people by talking to much!
Romantically, he will not find happiness.
Relations between the opposite sexes will be poor. With his
exuberant character, the Monkey will fall easily in love--but he
will as quickly tire of the object of his affections and look for
another. He will never find a satisfactory one, for he is not a
stable personality. Though he can be passionate, his critical sense
and his clear sightedness combine to cool off his ardor all too
quickly. But his sense of humor saves him from disaster. Luckily, he
knows more than anyone how to laugh at his own misfortunes and draw
the necessary conclusions from them.
The Monkey makes fun of the Tiger, but he would
be better advised to treat him with respect. Any partnership between
them, whether in business or for pleasure, is bound to result in
fireworks. The Monkey cannot stand violence--but to laugh at a thing
doesn't mean you can't fall victim to it. The monkey risks being