Have you ever experienced you received a brand new paper bill and you just don’t want to use this to buy something or exchange it for anything else and all you wanted is to keep this in your billfold? Or have you been collecting old paper bills and storing them in a cool, dry place in your house? Well, that’s so interesting!
As we all know, money is a sign of wealth. The more money you have, the more stable you are, financially. The more bulky your wallet is, the more you are able to do what you want and buy what you need. We Filipinos are really particular about this aspect. We are really working hard for our survival, to achieve our goals and to fulfill our dreams in life. And if I am not mistaken, we prefer to gain more paper bills especially with that of higher face value than coins, right?
But, have you ever wondered how our paper money was made of? Or have you ever stopped one time and took a glance on the physical feature and the images on these bills? Well, if you haven’t, let me introduce you our six new-designed Philippine peso bill together with its significance not just with the its value on it but on how it depicts the richness and beauty of our very own country.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas started releasing the initial batch of new banknotes last December 2010. The new banknote design has highlighted famous Filipinos and iconic natural wonders. Below are the frontal with back view of our paper monies in different denominations along with their interesting images.
6 Philippine Peso Bills with interesting images
1. 20.00 Pesos
Manuel L. Quezon, the Philippine second president and Commonwealth first president is in the front face of this orange-colored twenty-peso bill. Malacanang Palace is one of the backgrounds and Filipino was declared as national language. On the reverse side the bill is the Banaue Rice Terraces of Ifugao, considered to be the 8th Natural Wonder of the World by many Filipinos; Palm civet which is also known as Toddy Cat, recognizable by its dark, coarse hair and large eyes; and the famous Cordilleras weave design is also highlighted.
2. 50.00 Pesos
On this red fifty-peso bill marks the picture of Sergio Osmena, Commonwealth second President who assumed office upon the death of Manuel Quezon. We can see the First Philippine Assembly, that marked a “turning point in the country’s history, for its creation marked the commencement of Filipino participation in self-governance and a big leap towards self-determination” and the Leyte Landing, also known as the Leyte Landing Memorial Park and MacArthur Park, are also pointed out. On the back portion are the images of Taal Lake in Batangas, the country’s third largest lake; the Giant Trevally, also known as the giant kingfish; and the well-embossed Batangas Embroidery Design.
3. 100.00 Pesos
Manuel Roxas, the Philippine fifth president; Commonwealth third and last president and the first President of the independent Third Philippine Republic is on this color mauve one hundred-peso bill. The Inauguration of the Third Philippine Republic, which marked the end of colonial rule of the United States of America in the Philippines and the Old BSP building in Intramuros, Manila are also presented. On the back panel is the Mayon Volcano in Albay, renowned as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetric conical shape; the Whale shark, the largest known extant fish species and the well-entrenched Bicol textile design are featured.
4. 200.00 Pesos
On this green two hundred-peso bill is the photo of DiosdadoMacapagal, the Philippine ninth president. EDSA People Power 2001, also called as the Second People Power Revolution, is also indicated together with the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898 and the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, having earned the title as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines and the site of the First Philippine Republic. On the other side of the bill is the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season; the Philippine tarsier, commonly called the smallest monkey in the world and the iconic Visayas weave design.
BenignoNinoy S. Aquino Jr., together with his wife Corazon C. Aquino is on the front cover of this golden-yellow-colored five hundred-peso bill. EDSA People Power I and the Benigno Aquino monument in Makati City are shown in the picture. On the back of the bill is the Subterranean Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, provisionally chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature; the intelligent and interactive Blue-naped Parrot; and the famous Southern Philippines cloth design.
Three Philippine Patriots: Chief justice Jose Abad Santos, Gen. Vicente Lim and Josefa Llanes Escoda are being shown on this color blue one thousand-peso bill. And also the Centennial celebration of Philippine independence and the Medal of Honor, which was awarded to Abad Santos, Lim, and Escoda are specified. On the back side is the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Sulu Sea; South Sea pearl and Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca) are portrayed.
As Filipinos, we need to learn these simple facts, we need to be oriented with our own currency, the same way as we are very proud of our cultural heritage and tradition, the richness of our natural resources and our very own history that made us what we are and who we are today.
Now, you can share this article to also inform others, not just to our co-Filipinos, but also to the tourists and foreigners out there, in a way to attract them to come and visit our island and experience an awesome stay in our very beautiful country, Philippines.