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2021, October 16.  Robert Jaworski - Living Legend (Basketball Icon)

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

Se-tenant B/8, Miniature Sheets of 8;  Souvenir Sheets of One



17p x 8 - Robert Jaworski (Basketball Icon) 


Miniature Sheets of 8 - 10,000


60p - Souvenir Sheets of One - 5,000


Graphic Artists:  Rodine C. Teodoro, Ryman Dominic Albuladora

Coordinator:  Jocelyn Cacho

Researcher/Writer:  Maria Abigail D. Tarroza


First Day Covers:  Manila






In Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the first stamps of the Republic of the Philippines


The Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) issues special stamps and souvenir sheets on “Robert Jaworski – Living Legend”, as the first issuance for “SALAMAT – Pagpupugay sa mga Alamat”, in commemoration and in “Celebrating 75 Years of the First Stamp of the Philippine Republic”.


Robert Vincent “Sonny” S. Jaworski was born in Baguio on March 8, 1946, to Ilocano and Polish-American parents, Iluminada Bautista Salazar and Theodore Jaworski. He started collegiate basketball for the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors. Fondly known by generations of Filipinos as “Jawo”, and “The [Barreling] Big J”, the 6’1” Cordilleran entered the arena of commercial basketball in 1968 under the mentorship of his former UE coach, Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan.


Aside from helping local teams climb to great heights, Jaworski Sr. was part of the Philippine contingent competing for the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship in 1967, 1969, winning silver, 1971, and 1973, winning bronze; the consummate athlete was also part of the national team that qualified for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, and the 1974 World Championships in Puerto Rico. Jaworski coached the national team that beat China for silver at the 1990 Asian Games.


Jaworski is one of the pioneer players of the oldest basketball league in Asia – the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Jaworski Sr. presented pure passion for the game, and he was named Most Valuable Player in 1978. The “Big J” carried the qualities of a natural-born leader; he is the first playing coach of the PBA to win a championship. Jaworski brought home four championships as a playing coach during the 1986, 1988, 1991 conferences and the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup. The “Living Legend” holds the title as the oldest basketball player to professionally play in the PBA for his participation at an official game in Dumaguete City (1997) at 50 years old. Jaworski played for 23 seasons in the PBA since its inaugural year up until his retirement in 1998. He has spectated since, supporting and motivating players during games. He is one of PBA’s 40 Greatest Players (2004), and a PBA Hall of Famer (2005). His #7 jersey was retired in a ceremony in 2012, and it is Jaworski’s silhouette currently embellishing the “B” in the PBA logo. He has become an icon – literally and figuratively – of Philippine contemporary popular culture.





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