2017 Year of the Rooster stamp was issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation . This is the 26th year that PHLPOST will be issuing a Special issue with Chinese zodiac sign . The first issuance in the country was in 1991 .
The issuance met with high regards especially to worldwide stamp collectors collecting Chinese Zodiac stamps. The stamp is said to be available at the Main Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila starting last December 15 , 2016.
It was keenly observed by many stamp collectors that , PHLPOST should have issued these special stamp at least last November 2016 in order to give way for local and international stamp collectors more time to mail these special issue.
Php 18 face value denomination is meant to mailed in the provinces or even in other parts of Asia and not within Metro Manila , Plus the Php 45.00 souvenir sheet is also meant to be mailed for other countries. Mailed a couple of postcards last December 16 and some of them still did not arrive at the country of destination .
The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
2017 Is a Fire Rooster Year
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Fire Rooster, for example, comes once every 60-year cycle.
What “Fire Rooster” Means
It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac sign and element. So there are five types of Roosters, each with different characteristics
Technical Description of Stamp
Kind of Issue : Special
Denomination & Quantity : P18, P45 souvenir sheet 101,000 pieces
Souvenir Sheet : P200 . . . 5,000
Date of Issue : December 16, 2016
Last Day of Sale :December 15, 2017
Size of Stamps : 30mm x 40mm
Sheet Composition :16on (2 designs)
Size of Souvenir Sheet : 63mm x 63mm
Diameter : 38.1mm
Perforation : 14
Stamps : Litho Offset (4 colors)
Souvenir Sheet : Embellishment – Gold Foil
& Special Round Perforation with
Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer : Rodine C. Teodoro