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2018, November 23.  2019 Year of the Pig (Chinese New Year)

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

Se-tenant Pairs,  Miniature Sheets of 8;  Souvenir Sheets of One



Se-tenant Pairs  (25,000)


12p  Pig, Close-up

45p  Pig, Full-body


Miniature Sheets of 8 (Four Se-tenant Pairs)  (6,250)


200p Souvenir Sheets of One - 4,000


Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila




2019 Year of the Pig (Chinese New Year)

The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.  Chinese New Year in 2019 starts on Tuesday, February 5th and ends on January 24th, 2020. The year of the Earth Pig 2019 comes right after the Year of the Earth Dog (2018) and before the year of the Metal Rat (2020). The Pig occupies the last (12th) position in the Chinese Horoscope.  According to the Chinese zodiac the year 2019 is the “Year of the Earth Pig,” a year of fortune and luck.

2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest.  2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.

Bracelets and figurines with pigs containing different crystals, are considered lucky in the Year of the Pig 2019. For those who wear them, the Pig ensures a constant, high income, abundance and prosperity.

The Pig belongs to the group of water signs, it represents the beginning of winter and is the birth month of wood. Therefore, the Pig symbolizes the plant germination and the birth of a new life form.

Consequently, the Year of the Pig can bring a new start in the international relationships and a new social order and, in some countries, can lead to new regimes and new governments. The Pig is also considered a “Traveling Star”, that’s why the Year of the Pig will stimulate traveling more than other years. The tourism industry will greatly benefit from this.




  •   Chinese New Year

  •  Year of the Pig

  •   Animals / Pigs 




Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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