2004, December 1. Year of the Rooster (2005 Chinese New
Amstar Company, Inc., Perf. 14.
Singles, Miniature Sheets of 10 & 20; Souvenir Sheets of 4
Stylized Head of a Rooster, Singles (70,000)
Stylized Rooster, Singles (70,000)
Miniature Sheets of 20 (1,000 - each value)
Miniature Sheets of 10 (5,000 - each value)
Souvenir Sheets of 4 (12,500)
6p x 2
Stylized Head of a Tiger
17p x 2 Stylized Tiger
Alfonso V. Divina
Jesus Alfredo D. Delos Santos
First Day Covers: Manila
Year of the Rooster - 2005 Chinese New Year
In the West, when someone asks about your star-sign, he is really
asking which month you were born in. The Chinese, however, like to
know what year you were born in. The 12 animals in the Chinese
zodiac are used to name the different years in one Great Year of 12
ordinary years. So, according to your particular year of birth, you
may be rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey,
Rooster, dog or pig.
Legend says that the Buddha summoned all the animals, and that these
12 were the only ones which answered. It is more likely, however;
that these animal names were carefully chosen by ancient astrologers
because they seemed to be the best ones to represent the
characteristics of people born in those years, and also indicated
what the events of coming years might be like.
The person born in the Year of the Rooster has great self-pride both
in possessions and achievements, seeking recognition and acclaim,
relentlessly pursuing whatever end is thought will achieve this.
Abrasive and sometimes bordering on the aggressive, he frequently
alienates people who interpret frankness as rudeness, and style as
vanity since shrewd business sense does not prevent him from making
extravagant gestures when the timing is seen as appropriate.