2004, August 13. 28th Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece
Amstar Company, Inc., Perf. 14.
Singles, Sheets of 50;
Souvenir Sheets of One
Shooting, Singles (100,000)
Taekwondo, Singles (50,000)
Swimming, Singles (50,000
Archery, Singles (50,000)
Souvenir Sheets of One
Alfonso V. Divina
Victorino Z. Serevo
First Day Covers: Manila
28th Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece
was the birthplace of the
ancient Olympic Games, and the first modern Olympics was also held
in Greece in 1896. So it is very appropriate that the Olympics
return to Greece once more.
Over 10,000 athletes and over 5,000 team
officials from 201 National Olympic Committees will participate in
the 28 different sports events between August 13 and 29. There will
be 301 medal ceremonies.
The Philippines has participated in 17 Olympic
Games since 1924, but no Filipino athlete has yet returned home with
a gold medal. In 80 years, the bounty includes only 2 silver and 7
In all, 359 athletes in 19 different sports
disciplines have represented our country. The biggest contingent was
the 64 athletes who went to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The smallest
delegation was made up of only 1 athlete, David Nepomuceno, who
competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter events during the 1924 Paris
Olympics. We skipped the 1980 Moscow Olympics following the lead of
the United States in boycotting that Olympics.
The 2 silver medals we got both came from
boxing. Anthony Villanueva settled for the silver in the
featherweight division during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Mansueto "Onyok"
Velasco got his silver medal in the light flyweight division during
the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso brought home the first
bronze medal whom he won in the 200-meter breaststroke event in the
1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He got another bronze medal when he
finished third again in the same event at the 1932 Los Angeles
other bronze medals were netted by tracksters Simeon Toribio and
Miguel White; and boxers Jose "Cely" Villanueva, Lepoldo Serantes
and Roel Velasco.
other Filipino athletes have also won medals, but only in
demonstration/exhibition sports. Arianne Cerdena won the gold medal
in ladies' bowling during the 1988 Seoul Olympics, while Stephen
Fernandez and Bea Lucero each got a bronze in taekwondo during the
1992 Barcelona Olympics.
This year, the Philippine contingent is composed of 16 athletes: 5
in swimming, 4 in boxing, 3 in taekwondo, and 1 each in shooting,
archery, track and field, and marathon. These events are the ones
depicted on the 4 stamps, one
souvenir sheet and 2 first day covers.