(Photos) New Philippine Peso bills

James Ryan Jonas

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) unveiled yesterday the newest series of the Philippine Peso bills. The banknotes, which will be in public circulation soon, sport a more modern design with visual elements and security features that are not in the current peso bills.

Here are the new look of the latest banknote series of the Philippine Peso.

(See also: New Peso bills look like play money)

P500 bill

  • Obverse: Former Pres. Cory Aquino and husband Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
  • Reverse: Palawan’s Subterranean River National Park and the blue-naped parrot, which thrives in the forests of Palawan and Mindoro

P1,000 bill

  • Obverse: Josefa Llanes Escoda, Vicente P. Lim, and Jose Abad Santos
  • Reverse: Tubbataha Reef Marine Park and the South Sea Pearl, which is produced by oysters that thrive in the South Seas of which the Sulu Sea is part

P200 bill

  • Obverse: Former Pres. Diosdado Macapagal
  • Reverse: Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and the Philippine tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates

P100 bill

  • Obverse: Former Pres. Manuel A. Roxas
  • Reverse: Mayon Volcano and the “butanding” or whale shark, the world’s largest fish and the main attraction of Donsol, Sorsogon

P50 bill

  • Obverse: Former Pres. Sergio Osmeña
  • Reverse: Taal Lake and the Giant Trevally (locally known as Maliputo), a delicious milky fish

P20 bill

  • Obverse: Manuel L.Quezon
  • Reverse: Banaue Rice Terraces and a palm civet from the Cordilleras, which are famous for producing the civet cat coffee or kapeng alamid.

I’ve not personally seen or held the new bills yet  but for now I still prefer the old look of the Peso bills. I don’t know why but the new banknotes seem too modern to me while the old bills exude some flair of history and nostalgia.

And is it just me or the font of the peso value on the left of the new bills is a bit big?

(See also: New Peso bills look like play money)

Source: Wikipedia, GMANews.tv

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.