New Philippine Peso Bills

Jules Castillo By Jules Castillo, 4th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Philippines has a new set of banknotes for circulation, issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Both sides of the banknotes have a new look – prominent people in the obverse side and Philippine animals, historical events and landmarks in the reverse side.

Still Colorful!

The banknotes retained their original colors but are now brighter. Aside from the new look, the bills also have new security features. (a patch that changes colors at different angles).

₱20 – Orange
₱50 – Red
₱100 – Blue Violet
₱200 – Green
₱500 – Golden Yellow
₱1000 – Blue


The front side has a younger face of President Manuel L. Quezon with the Declaration of Wikang Filipino as the National Language (right). It also has the image of the Malacañang Palace (next to the left of Quezon). The flipside has the Banaue Rice Terraces in the mountains of Ifugao, palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus philippinensis) and Cordilleras weave design.


The front side shows a younger image of President Sergio Osmeña, First Phillipine Assembly (lower house of the legislative body of the Philippines during the early part of American colonial period) on the right and Leyte Landing on the left. The reverse side has the Taal Lake, maliputo (Caranx ignobilis) and Batangas embroidery design.


The front design has the picture of President Manuel Roxas, the old BSP building in Intramuros, Manila and the Inauguration of the Third Philippine Republic. In back , you will see the Mayon Volcano in Albay, butanding or whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and Bicol textile design.


In front, it has the image of President Diosdado Macapagal, EDSA People Power 2001, Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite (formerly in the demonetized ₱5 bill) and Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan (formerly found in the ₱10 bill). The back side shows the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) and Visayan weave design.


This bill has the faces of the couple Benigno Jr. and President Corazon Aquino, EDSA People Power I and the Benigno Aquino monument in Makati City (front). In the reverse side, you will see the Subterranean Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, blue-naped parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis) and Southern Philippines cloth design.


This retained the faces of José Abad Santos, Vicente Lim and Josefa Llanes Escoda. It also displays the Centennial Celebration of Philippine Independence and the Medal of Honor awarded to the three persons mentioned. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Sulu Sea, South Sea pearl (Pinctada maxima) and Mindanao design for Tinalak (ikat-dyed abaca) can be seen in back of the bill.

The initial batch of banknotes has been released in December 2010. New designs of coins are also expected to be issued this 2012. The new Philippine Peso Bill which are made of 80% cotton and 20% abaca fiber were designed by Design Systemat and Studio 5 Designs. The current bills that we have can still be used in the next 3 to 4 years though they can still be exchanged through the bank after that period.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Mar 2012 (#)

We need that badly, Kabz. Thanks for the info.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Wonderful work, cowboy. Your display, text and general presentation of the page are excellent. I wonder how many coins you have. The British had:
1 farthing
1 halfpenny
1 threepenny piece
1 sixpence
1 shilling
2 shillings (a florin)
10 shilling note
1 pound note
I think I have that right. (Hey, Johnniedod - am I right?)
Thanks cowboy..

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
5th Mar 2012 (#)

I missed out:
1 penny.
(A lot of "didn't need to know" information).

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Very colorful indeed. A very interesting article.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Wow! Great article. Your money is certainly colorful!

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author avatar Tess Irons
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Very nice designs and colors, kabz. I had some left overs of the old blue P1000 from my vacation last month. I hope legal tender pa rin yun next time I come home.

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Excellent post. Very informative

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author avatar Robb714
5th Mar 2012 (#)

I know here in the US the more prettier money gets the less valuable becomes. At the rate we are going it will only be good for wall paper and wiping your bum.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Very informative, thanks cowboy..:0)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Mmm...interesting. I'm getting to know quite a lot about the Phillippines through you, Mr Cowboy!
I'm away now for 2 weeks hols. No commenting for a while - sorry!

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author avatar Avery
7th Mar 2012 (#)

I noticed they all get younger especially Manuel Quezon...Ninoy looks happier now too!...still I will miss the old paper bills

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author avatar richardpeeej
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Very interesting my friend ..thank you for telling us about these new notes I would never had known of their existance otherwise...

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Mar 2012 (#)

They put our bank notes to shame Cowboy! Great page and you continuously teach me more about your country every time. A beautifully presented page my friend.

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