Champion of Liberty Series
On August 31, 1957, the US Post Office issued an 8¢ stamp honoring Ramon Magsaysay, the first stamp in a new Champion of Liberty Series.
The stamp was issued just five months after Magsaysay, the seventh President of the Philippines, had died in a plane crash. Magsaysay’s administration was noted for its freedom from corruption. Under his direction, the Philippines joined the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. The Magsaysay stamp was issued on his birthday and was the largest US postage stamp issued up to that time.