2020, December 28. Year of the Rat Special Souvenir Sheet
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,
Sheet of One With Gold Embelishments
100p - Year of the Rat - Souvenir Sheet of
Stamp Designer: Rodine C. Teodoro
First Day Covers:
2020 YEAR OF THE RAT (Chinese New Year)
The Chinese Zodiac has twelve
representative animals, namely: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,
snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. In Chinese
culture, when a person is born, it is said that they manifest the
characteristics of the animal they are born under. People born under
the year of the Rat are supposedly adaptable, intelligent, and
alert. The rat is also associated with wealth and abundance.
The special souvenir sheet features a
100-peso denomination stamp, flanked by the designs of the 2019 Year
of the Pig and 2021 Year of the Ox stamps. Also present on the
special souvenir sheet are the past Year of the Rat designs and the
dates of past and future Years of the Rat.
This 2020 is the year of the Metal
Rat. The previous of Year of the Rat was in 2008, and the next one
comes in 2032. People born under the Year of the Rat include
mathematician Alan Turing, renowned artist Carlos "Botong"
Francisco, actor Leopoldo Salcedo, and former Senator Datu Salipada