Philippines post issued a set of four Christmas 2013 stamps to commemorate upcoming festival. The stamps depicts the Paintings by A.M.F. P.A. artists viz Jovy Sasutona, Amado Binuag Dulnuan and Bernard Pesigan-Christmas at the lake.
Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
A.M.F. P.A. is not a charity but a company entirely owned by seriously disabled members of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Its members have all learned to draw and paint with brush held in the mouth or with the toes. The formation of the Association in 1956 gave all members the opportunity to completely support themselves through the sales of their paintings reproduced as cards, calendars and other items. Similarly handicapped people are being encouraged and helped financially to develop their work to other’s standard. Their works are offered on artistic merit and value.
Jovy Sasutona – Filipino mouth painter was born on October 7, 1963. He lost the use of his hands through a diving accident. From there on, he learned to write and paint with his mouth. He was encouraged by Amado Dulnuan to join the Association. The Christmas card entitled “Golden years” won the first price at the International Art Competition of AMFPA 50th Anniversary held at Vienna, Austria on April 30,2007.
Amado Binuag Dulnuan – was born on May 3, 1957 without arms. Being born without arms has not deterred him from finishing his studies in the university. Mr. Dulnuan who specialized in water colors, has won many prizes for his work including a 1st prize for creativity in London. He is a foot painter and married with two children.
Bernard Pesigan – was born the fifth of ten children on June 3, 1963. A motorbike accident in March 1988 left him paralyzed from his neck down. Mr. Pesigan took up mouth painting after Associate member Jovito Sasutona had encouraged him to paint.
John Roland Feruelo – was born June 23, 1965. He met an accident on March 5, 1989 in a diving activity. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury. He was referred by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to apply for good opportunity with AMFPA.
Title: Christmas 2013 stamps from Philippines
Date of Issue: 25 November 2013
Denominations: 10 p x 4