Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2023











2023, January 20.  Year of the Rabbit 2023  (Chinese New Year/Lunar Calendar)

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

Se-tenant Pairs, Miniature Sheets of 8, Soouvenir Sheets of One



Se-tenant Pairs -  20,000


12p - Rabbit, Full Body

45p - Rabbit, Close-Up


Miniature Sheets of 8 -  5,000


200p Souvenir Sheets of One - 2,000


First Day Covers:  Manila




Year of the Rabbit 2023 

2023 is the year of the Water Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023 (Chinese New Year), and ending on February 9th, 2024 (Chinese New Year's Eve). The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.

It is believed that if one is born under the Year of the Rabbit, it is said that one is friendly, gentle, and kind to others. Like the animal, they can be cautious, conservative, and reserved. Many countries in Asia commemorate the Lunar New Year, including the Philippines. During this auspicious event, Filipinos especially the Filipino-Chinese community - practice age-old traditions and joyous festivities associated with the holiday.

The stamps feature this gentle image of the rabbit juxtaposed with the element of water, splashed as if the rabbit is playing and hopping happily in it. This tradition of releasing Chinese New Year Philippine postage stamps started in 1992 and has since then honored Filipino-Chinese culture as part and parcel of Philippine culture and identity.



  • Chinese New Year

  • Year of the Tiger

  • Animals 




Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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