Updated: 12:15 a.m. Sept. 19, 2021
THE Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) on Sunday officially rolled out commemorative stamps immortalizing the heroism of the country's Tokyo Olympic medalists.
PhilPost launched a postage stamp depicting the victory of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who won the country's first Olympic gold medal after 97 years.
Another stamp for Team Pilipinas was also launched in recognition of the victory of Diaz, boxing silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Peticio, and boxing bronze medalist Eumir Marcial.
Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio, in his opening remarks, said the glory given by the four Filipino athletes was priceless, prompting PhilPost to give them the proper recognition through postage stamps depicting their victory.
"The stamps depicting the winning moments of our athletes remind us how important they are to be recognized properly in what they are doing to keep our Philippine flag high and shining in the world of sports. The glory they has gained for our nation and for the Filipino people is priceless," he said.
"Every stamp and piece of mail tells a story. The images stamp over a fresh and engaging story of Philippine history, culture and identity. We never failed to capture the interpretation of Filipino experience and historic moments in portraying incredible individuals, events, and geography," he added.
The athletes' victory, he further said, has also given the Filipinos a fresh start to stand up and unite in the fight against Covid-19 which has changed the way of life of people around the world.
"Truly sports have the power to change the world and inspire people," said Fulgencio.
Also launched on Saturday was a commemorative "hero stamp" to encourage every Filipino to become a hero by getting themselves vaccinated.
"We can all be heroes; we should all try to be vaccinated," he said.
The heroes stamp is the first postage stamp issued by a postal administration in the world to promote vaccination to save lives, the economy and the country.
It is the second in a series of Covid-19 stamps issued by PhilPost for the country's frontliners. The first was issued in June.