Spain:Famous Character Series

Spain issued stamps on 11th April 2012 on Golfer Severiano Ballesteros, poet José Hierro and musicologist Manuel Garcia Matos are depicted in this year\’s Famous Character series.\"\"

Severiano Ballesteros (Pedreña, Cantabria, 1957-2011) is the greatest Spanish golfer of all times and one of the best in the world. In 1980 he was the first European player to win the Augusta Masters and to don the green jacket. In 2007 he retired, leaving for posterity a spectacular style of play. One of his greatest achievements was to popularize golf, a sport virtually unknown in our country and reserved for the elite until his arrival.

José Hierro (Madrid, 1922 – 2002) is one of the most representative poets in post war poetry. In 1947 he published the first two books: Tierra sin nosotros (Earth without us) and Alegria (Joy) a pessimistic and bitter perception of the country at the time. His poetry is about social issues, the passage of time and his memories using simple meaningful expressions. The stamp depicts one of his verses and a self portrait of José Hierro.

Manuel Garcia Matos (Plasencia, Cáceres, 1912 -Madrid, 1974) is acknowledged as one of the musicologists and folklorists of greater prestige and fame. Gifted in music, he studied musical theory, counterpoint and musical instruments. He founded the Extremeños choirs and was devoted on collecting local songs and dances coming up with a collection of more than 1,200 compositions. He won the National Folklore Award and became professor of Folklore at the Royal Conservatory.

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