Sunday, December 19, 2010

a "note" on Philippines new generation bank notes

Paper bills are good conversation pieces. This I picked-up along the way when I had a couchsurfer guest. When it was her turn to say something about her country, she gingerly fished out her wallet, opened it and pulled five paper bills in different denominations. Then she began telling me about her country based on the symbols and prints of the money. The idea blew my mind! Such a simple visual aid went a long way. So, every time I travel, I always stash some local paper bills for the "show-and-tell" or better still, cash emergency.

On Thursday this week, the new bank notes of the country was finally launch after three years (from conceptualization to printing, the works). And they look rather pretty! Here they are:

Kwarta, kay ganda!
"All six banknote denominations – including P20, P50, P100, P200, P500, and P1,000 – have new designs but the old colors were retained. 

The blue-colored P1,000 bill still features World War II heroes Jose Abad Santos, Josefa Llanes Escoda and Gen. Vicente Lim; the yellow P500 bill now features the late President Aquino and late Sen. Aquino; the green P200 with the late President Diosdado Macapagal; the purple P100 with the late President Manuel Roxas; the red P50 with former President Sergio OsmeƱa; and the orange P20 with former President Manuel Quezon.
On the reverse side, the P1,000 bill now features the 130,00-hectare Tubbataha Reefs National Park and the South Sea Pearl Pinctada Maxima, while the P500 bill features the eight-kilometer Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan and the blue-napped parrot known as Tanygnathus Lucionensis.
On the reverse side of the P200 bill, the inauguration of former President Arroyo was replaced with the Bohol Chocolate Hills and the tarsier.
The P100 bill features the Mayon volcano and the whale shark locally known as butanding, while the reverse side of the P50 bill features Taal Lake and the maliputo fish. The P20 bill features the Banaue Rice Terraces and the palm civet of the Cordilleras."--lifted from

 Now, the guys at Central Bank is way, way ahead of the counterfeiters since the new bank notes and paper bills are difficult and expensive to reproduce while I've never been prouder of the designs of the new Philippine money!


  1. beautifully designed but all with capitalization errors:

  2. Wow, these designs are awesome! Can't wait to get my hands on them. :)

  3. @ estan: naman naman! pero ayaw daw e recall ng BSP. they are more into the security features sabi nila. hihihi
    @ flo: and can't wait to spend em! HAHA

  4. Very pretty! And made me realize I have no idea about most of the people on my (Australian) money. But did you know we have plastic bank notes, not paper? A lot of visitors think it's crazy!

  5. pangit ng pera ngayon!

  6. seems like a play money to me. its peanuts in a paper form !!


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