November 17. National Stamp Collecting Month
Featuring Comics Superheroes by Carlo J. Caparas
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14.
Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40
(4 x 10); Souvenir Sheets of 2
Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (25,000)
7p Joaquin Bordado
7p Totoy Bato
Souvenir Sheets of 2 (6,500)
7p Ang Panday
Graphic Designer: Corazon T. Loza
First Day Covers: Manila
Carlo J. Caparas, born Magno Jose J. Caparas, is a
director, producer, writer and a comics strip creator. He is the
person behind many Filipino superheroes and “komiks” characters such
as Panday, Totoy Bato, Gagambino, Panday and many others.
When the comics industry took a dive in the 1990s,
Caparas turned as producer and director of several movies. In 2006,
Caparas spearheaded the Komiks Congress, a massive effort to revive
the comics industry in the Philippines. To help spread awareness
that comics is still a popular reading material amongst Filipinos,
he toured the country with his "Komiks Caravan", an exhibit of
original comics issued across the country.
Carlo was recently awarded by President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo a Presidential Medal of Merit for his contributions
to Philippine culture.
On September 14, 2007, Caparas launched new
titles in newsstands. He hopes that this will boost the popularity
of comics in the Philippines once more.