It may take a while before the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas themselves release proper photos of the new Philippine notes because we all know how internet savvy government agencies are. All I’ve seen are photos of the designs on exhibit from yesterday’s launch. Bills will start circulation within the month, while current bills will expire in three years (the same time it took for these designs to be conceptualized).
I like that the designs feel modern (people have compared them to the Euro) and not completely monochromatic. The word “Pilipino” is also integrated in Baybayin. Most of all, it’s good to know Philippine branding can be done well, unlike the Pilipinas Kay Ganda tourism slogan failure a month ago.
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.
Obverse: Sergio Osmeña
Reverse: Taal Lake and the Giant Trevally (locally known as Maliputo), a delicious milky fish
Obverse: Manuel A. Roxas
Reverse: Mayon Volcano and the “butanding” or whale shark, the world’s largest fish and the main attraction of Donsol, Sorsogon
Obverse: Diosdado Macapagal
Reverse: Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and the Philippine tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates
Obverse: Corazon Aquino and 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
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