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2017, April 23.  Philippine Olympic Silver Medalists

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

Se-tenant Strips of 3, Miniature Sheets of  9, Souvenir Sheets of One







Se-tenant Strips of Three  (34,500)

12p  Anthony N. Villanueva, Boxing

12p  Mansueto B. Velasco, Jr., Boxing

12p  Hidilyn F. Diaz, Women''s Weightlifting


Miniature Sheets of 9  (Three se-tenant strips of 3)  (11,500)


55p Souvenir Sheets on One  (6,000)


First Day Covers:  Manila & Antique




Limited Edition - the only FDC known with both stamps and souvenir sheets in one cover




HIDILYN F. DIAZ – Silver Medalist, Women’s 53 kg Division, Weightlifting, 2016 Rio Olympics.  In the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Diaz competed in the women's 53kg weightlifting category with the intention of at least winning a bronze medal.  Diaz surpassed her own personal target and won the silver medal at the event, after successfully clinching a lift of 88 kg in her second attempt in snatch event (placed 6th) and 111 kg and 112 kg in the first and second attempts in the clean and jerk event (placed 2nd).  This was the first medal for the Philippines in the Summer Olympics after 20 years. This was also the first non-boxing medal for the nation since 1936. Aside from being the first Filipina weightlifter to compete in three consecutive Olympics, she also became the first Filipino woman and first Mindanaoan to win an Olympic medal.  On August 8, 2016, she returned to her hometown, Zamboanga City and was welcomed as a Hero of the City.   She also received numerous incentives from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Sports Commission and her local city.

MANSUETO B. VELASCO, JR. – Silver Medalist, Men’s 48 kg, Light-Flyweight Division, Boxing, 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, Jr. (born January 10, 1974) is a retired Filipino boxer and comedian from Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He competed in the men's 48 kg. (light-flyweight) boxing category at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and took home the silver medal, the Philippines' only medal at the Games. He is the younger brother of Roel Velasco, winner of an Olympic bronze (boxing) in the 1992 Summer Olympics, who is also a light-flyweight. Before this, he was one of the three Filipino boxers who clinched gold medals in the 1994 Asian Games held in Hiroshima, Japan.  The gold medal match where Velasco lost was hailed as "The Robbery in Atlanta". Velasco would hit opponent Daniel Petrov with telling blows, and the scores would be counted for Petrov. The Bulgarian, who was barely throwing any punches, was on a joy ride to an Olympic gold medal. It appeared that the judges were pressing the buttons on their electronic scoring equipment for the wrong boxer. The Bulgarian was still awarded the gold medal despite the numerous protests.

ANTHONY N. VILLANUEVA – Silver Medalist, Men’s 57 kg, Featherweight Division, Boxing, 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  Anthony N. Villanueva (March 18, 1945 – May 13, 2014) was a boxer from the Philippines who competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the Featherweight (-57 kg) division winning the silver medal.  Anthony Villanueva was scouted by businessman and sport enthusiast Eugenio Puyat. He later qualified for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He faced Soviet boxer Stanislav Stepashkin, in the gold medal match but later loss in a 3-2 controversial decision. 7,000 spectators of the match reportedly booed the decision.  Villanueva died in his sleep on May 13, 2014, in Cabuyao, Laguna. He was 69.




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