Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2021











2021, November 13.  World Renowned Filipinos / Living Legends - Series 1

Celebrating 75 Years of the First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines (RP)

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

Se-tenant B/10, Miniature Sheets of 10



16p - Efren "Bata" Reyes - Billiards (World Pool Champion)

16p - Josie Natori - Fashion (World Fashion Designer)

16p - Jordan Clarkson - Basketball (NBA Sixth Man of the Year)

16p - Lea Salonga - Music (Broadway Star, Disney Legend)

16p - Diosdado "Dado" Banatao - Technology (Three-time Start-up Veteran)

16p - Monique Lhuillier - Fashion (Filipino-American Fashion Designer)

16p - Kenneth Cobonpue - Arts & Designs (World-renowned Industrial Designer)

16p - Jollibee - Food Industry (Homegrown International Restaurant Icon)

16p - Eugene Torre - Chess (Asia's First Grandmaster)

16p - Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno - Bowling (Bowling Champion)


Miniature Sheets of 10 - 21,500


Graphic Artists:  Rodine C. Teodoro, Ryman Dominic Albuladora, Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu

Coordinator:  Yenny B. Gonzales

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 stamps on “Living Legends - World–Renowned: Series I”, composed of ten World-Renowned Filipinos including Dado Banatao, Jordan Clarkson, Kenneth Cobonpue, Jollibee, Monique Lhuillier, Josie Natori, Paeng Nepomuceno, Efren “Bata” Reyes, Lea Salonga, and Eugene Torre. This is part of “Salamat – Pagpupugay sa mga Alamat”, in line with “Celebrating 75 Years of the First Stamp of the Philippine Republic”. They represent the best and brightest Filipinos whose excellence brought international recognition to the Philippines. These icons have fueled Filipino pride and proven that Filipino talent rises to the global standard. On each stamp, these Living Legends impart valuable messages to all Filipinos as inspiration to take similar paths in bringing honor to our flag, people, and country.

 DIOSDADO BANATAO (born May 23, 1946) is a World-Renowned Filipino innovator and entrepreneur. He is the engineer  responsible for developing tools that became instrumental to the development of contemporary computing: the first single-chip, 16bit microprocessor-based calculator, the first 10-Mbit Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC), and Physical Layer transceiver chip, the first system logic chipset for the PC-XT and the PC-CAT, the graphics accelerator chip among many other inventions and tools – all impactful innovations which have benefited humanity through advancement of technology. His notable achievements have resulted in his being conferred honorary doctorates by the University of the Philippines and the Mapua Institute of Technology (2000), by St. Paul University in Tuguegarao (2006), the Ateneo de Manila University (2007), by Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (2019). 

JORDAN CLARKSON (born June 7, 1992) is a World-Renowned Filipino basketball player currently part of the most competitive basketball league in the world, the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was identified for the first team of the NBA All-Rookie Team (2015), and hailed NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2021). He is part of the Philippine national team, Gilas Pilipinas. The basketball phenomenon played for the 2018 Asian Games, where with his help, the national team earned a fifth-place finish – the best campaign performed by the national team for almost two decades. 

KENNETH COBONPUE (born December 16, 1968) is a multi-awarded World-Renowned Filipino furniture designer and manufacturer who has masterfully integrated his view of Filipino flora into beautiful utilitarian pieces which highlight the grace and uniqueness of the Philippines. He has won multiple Japan Good Design Awards, has been cited at the High Point Furniture Show (2004), and claimed the grand prize at the Singapore International Design Competition, the Design for Asia Award, and a commendation at the Las Vegas Hospitality and Design Show (2005), was declared “Rattan’s First Virtuoso” by Time Magazine (2006) and is the 1st Edition of Maison et Objet Asia Singapore Designer of the Year Awardee (2014).

JOLLIBEE (established January 28, 1978, by Tony Tan Caktiong) is a well-beloved, World-Renowned Filipino icon of a fast-food franchise that was the first local chain of its category to surpass the one-billion peso sales mark in Philippine history. The approachable mascot was derived from Caktiong’s admiration of the typical Filipino, who was as “busy as a bee” but was jolly despite everyday toil. Jollibee has been cited on numerous occasions by the Far Eastern Economic Review as one of the Leading Companies in Asia and as the Philippines’ Leading Business Company with numerous international commendations. Its parent organization, Jollibee Foods Corporation, currently holds many Filipino fast-food favorites. 

MONIQUE LHUILLIER (born September 15, 1971) is a World-Renowned Filipino fashion designer. Monique Lhuillier spent her childhood in Cebu, immersed in hand-sewn clothing made by their mother, Amparito Llamas. She attended Saint Theresa’s College and then Switzerland’s Chateau Mont-Choisi boarding school, before taking up design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She is well-known for her bridal gowns’ elegant forms, which international personalities and acclaimed actresses have worn to red carpet events. She has dressed the likes of Michelle Obama, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lea Salonga, and Anne Curtis. Monique Lhuillier was conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit in 2006.

JOSIE NATORI (born May 9, 1947) is a World-Renowned Filipino fashion designer and entrepreneur. She became the first female vice president of investment banking at Merrill Lynch, a major financial management company, in 1975, after which she explored the field of fashion and created what would soon become a global lifestyle brand. Natori brought Filipino design and textile craftsmanship to the world stage with the Natori Company (est. 1977) which sources part of its manufacturing from the Philippines. She received the Galleon Award in 1988, the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Award in 2007 and was conferred the Order of Lakandula in the same year. She was inducted into the Kent State University Fashion School Hall of Fame in 2016. Natori currently holds positions on the boards of the Asian Cultural Council, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, among other notable cultural organizations.

RAFAEL “PAENG” NEPOMUCENO (born January 30, 1957) is a World-Renowned professional Filipino bowler. He is a six-time world bowling champion: he became the youngest World Bowling Champion at age 19 (1976), has won the AMF Bowling World Cup three more times afterward (1980, 1992, 1996), the World’s Invitational Tournament (1984), and the World Tenpin Masters (1999). He currently holds four (4) Guinness World Records for being the youngest tenpin world bowling champion, and for most wins of the tenpin bowling world cup. He holds the record for most tenpin bowling titles in a career at 118 (2007), which he himself broke with another record for 133 titles (2020). He is both the youngest and the oldest champion of an International Open for winning at age 17 and 54. Inducted in the World Bowling Hall of Fame (1993), he has been hailed as the “International Bowling Athlete of the Millennium” and an “Extraordinary Ambassador of the Sport” by the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs or the International Bowling Federation. Nepomuceno has been cited by the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives as the “Greatest Filipino Athlete of All Time”, awarded the Presidential Medal (1984), a Presidential citation (1989), became the first Filipino athlete to whom the Philippine Legion of Honor was bestowed (1999), declared “Filipino Athlete of the Century” (1999), and conferred the Order of Lakandula, Class of Champion for Life (2008), among multitudinous other awards and commendations. Nepomuceno is a Philippine Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2018).

LEA SALONGA (born February 22, 1971) is a World-Renowned Filipino singer and thespian. Lea Salonga debuted at age 7 with Repertory Philippines performing for The King and I. The pitch-perfect singer and actress was the first Filipino to win the Laurence Olivier Award (1990) and the first actress of Filipino and Asian heritage to win the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award (1991) for her incredible portrayal of Kim for Miss Saigon. She became the first actress of Asian heritage to portray the iconic role of Éponine (1993) and eventually Fantine (2006) for Lés Misérables on Broadway. She also enchanted the world with her animated film performances as the singing voice of Jasmine, Mulan resulting in her being declared a Disney Legend (2011). She has appeared on television reality shows as a panel judge and trainer, owing to her veteran experience in her field.

EFREN “BATA” REYES (born August 26, 1954) is a World-Renowned Filipino professional pool player who has gathered a staggering 70 major titles. He was the first person in history to win both eight-ball (2004) and nine-ball (1999) world championships. He is a fan-favorite from Angeles who has commanded the respect of pool professionals all over the world for his incredible, “magical” technique, named Billiards Digest Magazine’s Player of the Year (1995), the first Asian inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame (2003), One Pocket Hall of Fame (2004) and commended with the Order of Lakandula, Champion for Life Award (2006).

EUGENE TORRE (born November 4, 1951) is a World-Renowned Filipino professional chess player.  He is the first chess grandmaster from the Philippines and of Asia (1974), and the record-holder for the Philippines for having played in the most Chess Olympiads at twenty-three matches, the first Asian male to be inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame by the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the first government-licensed chess player in the Philippines, a Philippine Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (2016), and is a Lifelong FIDE Senior Trainer Licensee. 








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