Manila Bulletin Cartoonist Wins Gold Prize In Int’l Stamp Design

MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Bulletin editorial cartoonist Norman B. Isaac won the gold prize in the General Category of the recently 18th International Postage Stamp Design Contest in South Korea.

Isaac's design depicts a mascot-like white horse with multi-colored polka-dot-like spots, a wide-smiling little boy from inside its body holding up its head.

"My design has an element of surprise in it. I just showed a cheerful kid popping out of the colorful horse, symbolizing the positive events of 2014, the Year of the Horse," Isaac explained in an interview.

Organized by Korea Post, the annual competition carried the theme "New Year Greetings (For the Year 2014)" for this year. It called on interested participants from all over the world to "freely express the sights, as well as expectations/pleasure of the New Year" through their stamp designs for the Youth and General Categories.

Cho Zaw Aung of Myanmar won the Grand Prize in the General Category. Other winners include Ji-yeon Shin of Korea (Silver Prize), Xu Wei Xiong of Macau, China, and Jeong-gyo Jeong of Korea (both Bronze Prizes).

Cho Zaw Aung and Isaac will each receive a cash prize and a certificate of merit. Their winning designs will also be issued as New Year Greeting Stamps for 2014, which is the Year of the Horse, in December 2013.

The winners will be feted in an awarding ceremony next month.

Earlier this year, Isaac, a consistent winner in local and international art and cartoon contests, won second prize in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Editorial Cartoon Contest on Climate Change held in Bangkok, Thailand.