Presenting the new Philippine Peso Bills!
Like the old bill, it still features the faces of Jose Abad Santos, Vicente Lim and Josefa LLanes Escoda. On its lower left, a watermark of the Centennial of Philippine Independence can be seen. Under the signature of our President, a watermark of a Medal of Honor can be seen.
The words Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is written at the center of the back of the bill which bears the illustration of the reef , the said park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. An outline of the Philippine Map is beside the illustration of the South Sea Pearl.
The new 500 bill bears the photo of the late spouses Benigno Aquino Jr & Corazon Aquino. On its lower left is the watermark of the first EDSA People Power. You can also see the Benigno Aquino Monument on its face.
On the back, you can see the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and an illustration of the Blue-Naped Parrot, which is also known as the Luzon Parrot or the Philippine Green Parrot.
On the new 200 peso bill comes a younger looking Diosdado Macapagal. An illustration of the Independence House and Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo being sworn into presidency during the EDSA People Power 2. Barasoain Church is also featured in this bill.
On the back of the 200 peso bill is the illustration of the famous Bohol Chocolate Hills. It also bears the picture of one of the smallest creatures on earth, the Philippine Tarsier, which is an endangered species.
A younger looking Manuel Roxas is featured on the new 100 peso bill. The picture of the building of the Central Bank of the Philippines Circa 1949 is on his right and the Inauguration of the Third Republic on his left. Third Republic was during the American Era, July 4, 1946.
The perfect Mayon Volcano stands magnificently on the back of the new 100 peso bill. There is also a picture of the Whale Shark, the largest shark and the largest fish!
The Fourth President of the Philippine Republic, Sergio Osmena, is a friend of our Grandfather! They both hail from Cebu! Illustrated in this 50 peso bill is the First National Assembly dated 1907. The soldiers during the Leyte Landing can also be seen.
At the back is the illustration of the Taal Lake, located in Tagaytay, a favorite place of mine! There is also the picture of the fish called Maliputo, which is can only be found in Taal lake.
A handsome Manuel Quezon is featured on this 20 peso bill. As we all know, he is considered as the Father of our National Language, Filipino. The Malacanan Palace is also seen here, the Palace is the official residence of our President.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is featured in the 20 peso bill. The Banaue Rice Terraces is called the Eighth Wonder of the World and was made by our ancestors’ hand. The Rice Terraces is accompanied by the picture of the Musang or the Palm Civet.
So there you go! Amidst the controversies and the issues, we still need to accept the fact that these bills are going into circulation. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas stands by the design of the bills and will still push through with the demonetizing of the old bills and replace them with these new generation bills! In fact, bythe year 2013, 75% of our money will be the new ones, and by 2014, only banks can receive the old ones. So, don’t start disposing these bills and replacing them with the old ones, if I were you, I will do the opposite!
Something to ponder by! Happy reading!