PHLPost honors Jaworski with commemorative stamp

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 16) – The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) honors one of the country's best and most popular ball players of all time with a commemorative postage stamp.

PHLPost on Saturday unveiled "The Living Legend" stamps honoring basketball icon and former senator Robert Jaworski, Sr.

PHLPost Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Norman Fulgencio said Jaworski's values on and off the court during his playing and coaching years embody the character of every Filipino, especially in facing life's difficulties.

"It is fitting for his status as a sports living legend who personified the never-say-die spirit. His never-say-die attitude in the face of difficulties clearly speaks of hope and strength, which is much needed now more than ever," Fulgencio said.

The 75-year-old Filipino basketball legend thanked PHLPost for the limited edition stamps in a speech read by his son, former Pasig representative Robert Jaworski, Jr.

"You have made me feel a different sense of pride and accomplishment incomparable to any other," he said.

Current Ginebra San Miguel players Joe DeVance, Japeth Aguilar, Mark Caguioa, Scottie Thompson, and Stanley Pringle graced the event. Jaworski last played and coached for Ginebra before venturing into politics in 1998.

The Jaworski limited edition stamp is part of PHLPost's commemoration of the 75th year of the first postage stamp in the country, where they will feature several Filipino legends in a three-part series of stamps.

The "Big J" is one of the iconic Filipino basketball stars from his playing years in the now-defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association with YCO and Meralco up to his Philippine Basketball Association days with Toyota and the Ginebra franchise.

Jaworski also represented the country in international tournaments, winning golds in the 1967 and 1973 FIBA Asia Championships, and steering a young Philippine team to a silver medal finish in the 1990 Asian Games.