Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2020











2020, February 15.  Battle of Manila, 75th Anniversary

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

Singles, Sheets of 40




 12p Memorare Statue - Singles  (40,000)


Layout Artist:  Rodine C. Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila






The Battle of Manila was one of the most decisive vIctories of the Second World War.  From February 3 until March 3, 1945, Allied Force from the United States of America and the Philippines engaged the occupying Japanese Forces in prolonged combat.  This battle brought about incredible devastation to the capital, nearly flattening Manila while ending upwards of 100,000 civilian lives.  Cornered Imperial Japanese Forces retaliated mercilessly - violent crimes such as rape and mutilation were inflicted upon hapless Filipino civilians. It was a horrifying event that turned the previously vibrant city - dubbed the Pearl of the Orient - into a dreadful landscape.  Eventually the city was recaptured by the Americans, and Manila was liberated from Japanese occupation.

This issue honors the men, women, and children who perished during the Battle of Manila seventy-five years ago. The commemorative stamp features the Memorare statue by Peter de Guzrnan which stands at the Plazuela de Santa Isabel in Intramuros. Inscribed on it is a dedication by National Artist Nick Joaquin to the innocent lives lost, "We remember them, nor shall we ever forget”.




  •   World War II

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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2020