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1 Piso, (1969)

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Front: José Rizal (1861-1896), Filipino national hero

Rizal was a prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era and its eventual independence from Spain. His 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution.

Back: Scene of Aguinaldo's Independence Declaration of June 12, 1898

 

20 Piso, (1970s)

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Front: Manuel Quezon (1878-1944), 2nd President of the Philippines 1935-1944

Back: Malakanyang Palace in Manila

Malakanyang Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines.

 

Malakanyang Palace

Malakanyang Palace

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50 Piso, (1970s)

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Front: Sergio Osmeña (1878-1961), 4th President of the Philippines 1944-1946

Back: Old Legislative building (Now National Museum) in Manila

 

Old Legislative building

Old Legislative building

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5 Piso, 1990
Issued to commemorate Women's Rights

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Front: Emilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964), 1st President of the Philippines

Back: Scene of Aguinaldo's Independence Declaration of June 12, 1898

 

10 Piso, 1998

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Front: Apolinario Mabini (left) and Andres Bonifacio (right)

Apolinario Mabini (1864-1903), author of the Constitution and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines 1899

Andrés Bonifacio (1863-1897), one of the chief leaders of the revolution against Spanish colonial rule

Back: Barasoain Church (left) and Initiation of Katipunan members by blood compact (right)

 

2000 Piso, 1998
Commemorates the Centennial of Philippine Independence

2000 piso 1998 front
2000 piso 1998 back

Only 300,000 of these 215mm x 132mm (8 1/2" x 5 1/4") notes were issued.

Front: Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1937-), 13th President of the Philippines 1998-2001, taking his oath of office on June 30, 1998 at the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos City, the seat of the first democratic republic in Asia.

Back: Re-enactment of the declaration of Philippine Independence at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1998 by Fidel V. Ramos (1928-), 12th President of the Philippines 1992-1998.

 

Barasoain Church

Barasoain Church

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100,000 Piso, 1998
Commemorates the Centennial of Philippine Independence

100,000 piso 1998
10,0000 piso 1998

 

Certificates

Certificate of Issuance Guinness World Records

The 100,000 Piso note, measuring 355.6 mm by 215.9 mm (14" x 8 1/2"), is accredited by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest legal tender note in terms of size.

Front: The "Cry of Pugadlawin", when about 1,000 Filipino patriots led by Andres Bonifacio gathered in Pugadlawin, on August 23, 1896. They tore up their Spanish-issued residence certificates and yelled "Long live the Philippines", signalling the start of a revolt against Spain.

Back: From the balcony of his house in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo displays the Philippine flag to the crowd below and proclaims independence from Spain.

Only 1,000 of these notes were issued. Originally offered to collectors at a pre-issue price of 180,000 Piso (US$4175).

Courtesy Ram Kumar

 

20 Piso, 1999

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Front: Manuel Quezon (1878-1944), 2nd President of the Philippines 1935-1944

Back: Malakanyang Palace in Manila

Malakanyang Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines.

 

Malakanyang Palace

Malakanyang Palace

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50 Piso, 2003

50 piso 2003 front
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Front: Sergio Osmeña (1878-1961), 4th President of the Philippines 1944-1946

Back: Old Legislative building (Now National Museum)

 

Old Legislative building

Old Legislative building

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100 Piso, 2004

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Front: Manuel A. Roxas (1892-1948), 5th President of the Philippines 1946-1948; raising of the Philippine flag and lowering of the American flag during the declaration of Independence in July 4, 1946

Back: New Central Bank Complex along Roxas Boulevard with an inset image of the former Central Bank Building

 

New Central Bank Complex

New Central Bank Complex

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200 Piso, 2002

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Front: Diosdado Macapagal (1910-1997), 9th President of the Philippines 1961-1965; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite at lower right

Back: Diosdado's daughter, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (1947-), being sworn in as the 14th President by Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. in January 2001

United States Commonwealth | Japanese Occupation
Republic 1969-2004 | Republic 2010-2016

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Philippines, an archipelago in the western Pacific 500 miles from the southeast coast of Asia, was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1521.

The first permanent Spanish settlement was establish in 1565. Spain held the Philippines amid a growing movement of Filipino nationalism until 1898 when they were ceded to the United States at the end of the Spanish-American War.

The Filipinos then fought unsuccessfully against the United States to maintain their independent republic proclaimed by Emilio Aguinaldo. The country became a self-governing Commonwealth of the United States in 1935, occupied by Japan during WWII, and attained full independence in 1946.

For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Philippines.

 

 

 

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