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2016, November 12.  Dr. Sun Yat Sen - 150th Birth Anniversary

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Miniature Sheets of 16;  Souvenir Sheets of One + Label






18p  Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Mariano Ponce  -  Singles  (120,000)


Miniature Sheets of 16  (7,500)


45p Souvenir Sheets of One + Label  (17,000)


Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro


Stamp Design:  Photo of Dr. Sun Yat Sen with Mariano Ponce (Philippine Revolutionary Hero)


First Day Covers:  Manila






Photo taken at Ponce’s residence in Yokohama, Japan, dated 1899.  Sun Yat Sen in seated position, Ponce in standing position.


Philippine and Chinese history are so intertwined even in the dawn of the 20th century. One of our heroes, Mariano Ponce, was actually a close friend of the Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen, endearingly called by the Chinese as “The Father of the Nation”.

It was when Sun was exiled in Japan that he met Ponce, then a representative of the First Philippine Republic. It may have been awesome to witness the two Asian heroes talking, as Sun would listen to Ponce telling him of how Filipinos, Asians similar to the Chinese, fought the overwhelming might of the Spaniards and the Americans. It would not also come as a surprise that Sun Yat-sen may have heard of Jose Rizal, a very close companion of Mariano Ponce. It was to Ponce that Rizal addressed the first copy of Noli Me Tangere in Barcelona and it was Ponce that Rizal came running after for advise, for a good critique of his works (Por Telefono, etc), and for a need of a shock-absorber when Rizal was caught in the heat of the politics inside La Solidaridad. Rizal’s encouragement for Ponce to write was almost of unceasing prodding: “Onward. Fear nothing. You have good style.”

Sun Yat-Sen was born on 12 November 1866 to in a peasant family in the Village of Cuiheng Xiangshan County near Macau. After completing primary education Sun moved to Honolulu to live with his elder brother Sun Mei, who had become a wealthy merchant there. With his brother’s financial support Sun Yat gave up his professional career and devoted himself to the revolutionary activities. Initially not capable of speaking the English language, Sun Yat studied English, mathematics and science at the Iolani School in 1882 and received a prize for his outstanding performance in English. After receiving the citizenship of America he enrolled in Oahu College and graduated from there.

Sun stepped into revolutionary activities when the Qing government adopted an extremely conservative approach in promoting advanced techniques and education in China. He gave up his medical practice to contribute to the transformation of China into a western style constitutional power. Sun established the Revive China Society in 1894 as his first step towards a full fledges revolutionary activity in order to bring forth a Republic China. Sun was given an exile for nineteen years after a coup he plotted failed in 1895. During the period, he traveled to Europe, the United States, Japan and Canada raising funds for his revolutionary activities and joined dissident Chinese group in Japan, where he spent the maximum years of the exile. After spending almost ten years in Japan, he went to the United States. 

On 10 October 1911, a military rebellion at Wunchang ended over thousand years of monarchy in China. Sun Yat returned to China and was elected as the provisional President of the Republic of China.




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