Se-tenant Blocks of 6 (20,000)
Miniature Sheets of 12 (10,000)
Note: Each miniature sheet contains two se-tenant blocks
of 6 stamps
17p Souvenir Sheets of 3 (Blue) (8,000)
17p Souvenir Sheets of 3 (Red) (8,000)
Graphic Artist: Richard Allen Baron
Layout Artists: Alfonso
V. Divina, Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Design Coordinators: Atty.
Jayceebelle V. Balite, Connie Almario
Campaigns & Grey
Design: Seagame mascot "Gilas"
(Philippine eagle) featured as an athlete.
First Day Covers: Manila
ASIAN GAMES (SEAGAMES)
The 23rd SEAGAMES adopted the Philippine Eagle as its mascot.
Named "Gilas", the Philippine eagle is one of the world's largest
eagles, distinct for the majestic plumage on the top of its head. It
is a symbol of strength and pride. As the 23rd SEA Games mascot, it
aptly captures the winning spirit of all the participating athletes.
The Southeast Asian Games is the largest and most significant
multi-sport event in the region and is held every two years to
enable athletes to meet in friendly competition as well as to foster
goodwill, friendship and solidarity, in alignment with the aims and
aspirations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
SEAGAMES originated from the SEAP (South East Asian Peninsula) Games
which was inaugurated in Thailand in 1959, with just six
participating countries: Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Malaysia,
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It continued to be held biennially
until the Philippines and Indonesia joined which were then, renamed
SEAGAMES at its 9th meet in Malaysia in 1977. The name has been
officially adopted and the Games have now become the most important
sports event of the region. Membership to SEAGAMES has increased to
ten with Cambodia being the latest to join.
Statistically, the 23rd SEAGAMES constitute the biggest sporting
event in the region, next to the Asian Games. Being the most
anticipated event in Southeast Asia, it will be hosted by the
Philippines on November 27 - December 5, 2005.
For the third time, the "Pearl of the Orient Seas" is hosting the
most significant bi-annually multi-sport event which is seen as an
important collaborative step towards its closest neighbors.
This year's Games will feature 40 sports, 395 events with 7,000
expected athletes and officials from 11 competing countries. The
Games are also considered as valuable opportunity for the athletes
to gain competition experience and preparation for the upcoming
Olympic Games. The Southeast Asian Games were purposely created to
strengthen friendship, solidarity and understanding among
neighboring countries in the region.