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RP Issues of 2006






2006, August 9.  Roque B. Ablan Birth Centenary

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

Singles, Sheets of 50 (5 x 10);  Miniature Sheets of 8  (4 x 2)




   7p  Portrait of Roque B. Ablan, Philippine Flag  - Singles    (71,000)


Miniature Sheets of 8  (4,500)


Designer: Felix Bautista

Project Coordinator:  National Historical Institute


Design:  The portrait of Roque B. Ablan under a Philippine flag symbolizes his dedication and patriotic service in war and peace. The coast depicted here is Saddle Rock, Mayra-ira Point which was used as a reference point of the US navy submarine USS Stingray. The submarine was dispatched in August 1944 to contact the guerrilla group led by Ablan.


First Day Covers:  Manila & Laoag City



ROQUE ABLAN Outstanding public servant and World War II hero, Roque Ablan was born on 09 August 1906 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte to Victor Ablan and Raymunda Blanco. He obtained his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1929 and Bachelor of Laws degree in 1930 from the University of the Philippines. That same year, he took the bar examinations, placing 9"' among the successful examinees. 

As a young lawyer, Ablan dedicated himself to helping the poor. In 1937 at age 31 he was elected governor of Ilocos Norte making him the youngest provincial executive of his time. The establishment of Ilocos Norte Provincial Hospital and the Philippine Normal School in Laoag were among his outstanding achievements. He also caused the beautification of the provincial capital, the revival of rural credit associations, and the organization of producers' cooperatives. Admired by the people, he was re-elected in 1941. 

When World War II broke out, Ablan refused to cooperate with the Japanese. He left the provincial capitol in Laoag and transferred the seat of government to a remote barrio near the boundary of Ilocos Norte and Apayao. He contacted and enlisted the support of government officials, prominent citizens, and trainees and organized a guerrilla unit. In mid-January 1942, together with Lt. Feliciano Madamba, he organized the Ablan-Madamba Guerrilla Group of Northern Luzon. This group was involved in various skirmishes against the Japanese among them was a successful ambush of Japanese forces at Pampanniki, Solsona on 08 November 1942.  

The Ablan-Madamba group was recognized by General Douglas MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area Command which sent the submarine USS Stingray to contact Ablan and deliver arms and supplies for his resistance movement in August 1944. 

The Ablan-Madamba guerrillas were a scourge of the Japanese who urged him to surrender and collaborate with them. Ablan was offered governorship of Ilocos Norte but he refused.           .

Ablan was last seen following the battle of Bumitalag, Piddig on 5 February 1943. His heroic deeds have earned for him an honored place in the country's history.




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