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18 February 2020

Battle of Manila 75th Anniversary

Philippines: Battle of Manila 75th Anniversary, 18 February 2020. Image from PHLPOST.

Technical Specifications:

Date of Issue: 15/02/2020
Denomination: ₱12
Color: Multicolor
Printing Method: Offset Lithography
Perforations: 14
Sheet Size: 40
# Issued: 40000
Design: Rodine C. Teodoro

Press Release:


The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is releasing a stamp in commemoration of the 75 Years of the Battle of Manila.

The Battle of Manila was one of the most decisive victories of the Second World War. From February 3 until March 3, 1945, Allied forces from the United States of America and the Philippines engaged the occupying Japanese forces in prolonged combat. This battle brought about incredible devastation to the capital; nearly flattening Manila while ending upwards of 100,000 civilian lives. Cornered Imperial Japanese forces retaliated mercilessly – violent crimes such as rape and mutilation were inflicted upon hapless Filipino civilians. It was a horrifying event that turned the previously vibrant city – dubbed the Pearl of the Orient – into a dreadful landscape. Eventually the city was recaptured by the Americans, and Manila was liberated from Japanese occupation.

This issuance honors the men, women, and children who perished during the Battle of Manila seventy-five years ago. The commemorative stamp features the Memorare by Peter de Guzman which stands at the Plazuela de Santa Isabel in Intramuros. Inscribed on it is a dedication by National Artist Nick Joaquin to the innocent lives lost: “We remember them, nor shall we ever forget.”

Stamps and Official First Day Covers of “75 Years of the Battle of Manila” will be available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan de Oro.


I wrote briefly about the Battle of Manila in two articles published on A Stamp A Day (ASAD) in 2018 and 2019, respectively:

Commonwealth of the Philippines #415 (1936) – Fort Santiago
General Douglas MacArtthur

I hope to prepare a full account of the battle for ASAD to be published at some point in the near future.

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