The Philippine Postal Corporation will be issuing new stamps marking the 125th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal starting today, Dec. 30.With the theme “Rizal: Para sa Agham, Katotohanan at Buhay,” the block of four postage stamps depicts the national icon’s life, works and heroism, according to the national post office.
It added that 40,000 copies were printed and will be sold at P12 each.
“The stamps feature Rizal’s inherent love and compassion for the Filipino people and the country. He is also admired for possessing intellectual brilliance being a doctor, scientist and linguist,” the agency said.
“Through his writings, he awakened Filipinos’ sense of nationalism, while his death sparked a revolution to overthrow colonial repression,” it added.
Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio said Rizal’s determination to fulfill his goals should inspire all Filipinos, especially the youth.
“The Post Office is now recognizing the talent and industry of the Filipinos here and abroad in pursuit of excellence and distinction in their work or profession by issuing stamps to honor artists, sports personalities, musicians and scientists as well as other national and international figures, both living and posthumously,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities will close the north and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak Drive to TM. Kalaw Avenue in Manila to vehicular traffic today to give way to activities related to Rizal’s death anniversary.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said it will enforce a traffic rerouting scheme in connection with the event.
All light vehicles coming from Bonifacio Drive going to the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard are advised to turn left at P. Burgos Avenue, right to Ma. Orosa Street, right to TM. Kalaw Avenue, left to MH. Del Pilar Street., right to United Nations Avenue to the point of destination.
All trailer trucks and heavy vehicles coming from Delpan Bridge-Pier Zone must turn left to P. Burgos Avenue straight to Finance Road-Ayala Avenue, right to San Marcelino Street to the point of destination.
Light vehicles traveling northbound on Roxas Boulevard must turn right to T.M. Kalaw Avenue, left to Ma. Orosa Street to the point of destination.
All trailer trucks and heavy vehicles traveling northbound on Roxas Boulevard from P. Ocampo Street are advised to turn right to President Quirino Avenue to the point of destination.
While all vehicles coming from McArthur, Jones and Quezon Bridges intending to utilize the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from P. Burgos Avenue must take the Round Table, then to Ma. Orosa Street, or use Taft Avenue to the point of destination
The MMDA has designated parking areas along Katigbak Drive, One lane South Drive, One Lane TM Kalaw Westbound, and along the Service Road of Roxas Boulevard.
The MMDA will enforce the scheme in cooperation with the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit.