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Stamps featuring the Rats and Mice found in Luzon Island

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Stamps featuring the Rats and Mice found in Luzon Island
Stamps featuring the Rats and Mice found in Luzon Island

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring rats and mice found in Luzon Island.

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination & Quantities: P7 - - - - 100,000 (4 designs)
Sheet Composition: 16 (4 x 4)
Size of Stamps: 40mm x 30mm (perforated 40mm x 70mm (Imperforated stamp in Souvenir Sheet)
Size of Souvenir Sheet: 115mm x 85mm
Date of Issue: March 7, 2008
Last Day of Issue: March 6, 2009 (as stock allows)
Perforation: 14 (except the P20 in the Souvenir Sheet which is imperforated)
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.
Designer and Graphic Artist: Corazon T. Loza
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak T.
Maria Josefa S. Veluz
Designs: Rats and mice (Photos provided by the National Museum courtesy of Dr. Lawrence R. Heaney,
Director Corazon Alvina, Velizar Simeonovski (artist) and Dr. Virgilio Palpal-Iatoc, Chief of Zoology Division).  . 

Rats are various medium sized rodents and have an average life span of 2 to 3 years. Domestic rats differ from wild rats in many ways. They are calmer and less likely to bite. They can tolerate greater crowding. They breed earlier and produce more offsprings.

  1. Luzon furry-tailed rat (Batomys granti)

    This rat is from the cloud rat group. It feeds on fruits and leaves but unlike its closest relatives it lives mostly on the ground.
     

  2. Cordillera striped earth-rat (Chrotomys whiteheadi)

    There are striped earth-rats that occur in the mountains over most of Luzon Island, and on Mindoro and Sibuyan. This species lives in the Central Cordillera of Luzon. Like its relatives, this species feeds primarily on earthworms, which it finds by burrowing through the soil and thick layers of humus high in the mountains. This species is useful in controlling the alien earthworms that are damaging the famous rice terraces of Ifugao.
     

  3. Cordillera forest mouse (Apomys datae)

    This species and its close relatives, the Philippine forest mice, are rarely seen by people, even though they are among the most abundant native mammals in the natural forests on Luzon. They feed on small animals (earthworms and insects, etc.) and on seed and fruit. They produce only one or two young each year, but live for 3 to 4 years in the wild. They rarely if ever live in agricultural areas nor houses.
     

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The stamps, souvenir sheets and Official First Day Covers will be available starting March 7, 2008 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.