IJsselstein, Friday, 28 January 2011
The currency in the Philippines is the Philippine peso (or officially piso), divided into 100 centavos (officially centimo). Its international abbreviation is PHP. Currently (January 2011), the U.S. dollar is worth about 44 pesos, and the euro about 60 pesos (daily update rates are on our Exchange Rate page). Current are coins of 1, 5, 10, and 25 centavos and 1 and 5 pesos, and bank notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. Five and ten peso note is no longer printed, but still legal tender. The coins can be seen on a separate page.
In 1997, all old Philippine currency was replaced by new banknotes and coins. Notes from before 1997 cannot be used anymore. If you are interested in what those old notes looked like, just have a look at our old Philippine money page.
In December 2010, a new series of banknotes was announced. The old notes will remain valid for at least three more years. New coins have been announced for 2012.
(Click on the notes for a larger image.)
The 5 peso note depicts Emilio Aguinaldo, a Philippine resistance hero who first fought the Spanish, and later the American occupiers of the country. The first president of the Philippines. On the reverse you can see the proclamation of Philippine independence, from the balcony of Aguinaldo's house. You won't find this note much in circulation today, as it has been replaced by a 5 peso coin.
The 10 peso note depicts Apolinario Mabini and Andres Bonifacio. You can also get across an older version with only Mabini. On the reverse is the church of Barasoain.
The 20 peso note depicts Manuel L. Quezon. On the reverse you can see the Presidential Palace, the Malakañang.
The 50 peso note depicts Sergio Osmeña. On the reverse you can see the Executive House. Be careful not to confuse it with the 20 peso note, as the color is nearly the same.
The 100 peso note depicts Manuel A. Roxas. On the reverse you can see the buildings of the Philippine National Bank.
Introduced in 2002, the 200 peso note commemorates the the June 12 Independence Day, and the EDSA II uprising. It depicts president Diosdado Macapagal, the father of the current president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is also depicted on the back of the note.
The 500 peso note depicts Beningno S. Aquino Jr.
The 1000 peso note depicts Jose Abad Santos, Vincent Lim, and Josefa Llanes Escoda. On the reverse you can see the rice terasses in Banawe, and some tribal artifacts. You won't come across this note very often, and you shouldn't expect your taxi driver to have change from it.
|Keith Roscoe wrote:|
|Saturday, 5 October 2013 13:53:00 PHT|
|How much is a 1998 - 10 Sampung Piso currency note worth today?|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012 03:20:09 PHT|
|I have a unc 2002 500 Piso note, the serial number is +1287163, is this a replacement note ?|
|Sunday, 26 August 2012 12:50:26 PHT|
|Is there any plan to change 500 pesos with ninoy aquino and 1000 pesos because i saw a new 500 and 1000?|
|Friday, 29 June 2012 20:46:39 PHT|
|Just a trivia. do you know that Philippines has ten thousand peso coin, made of gold with a picture of the late president Corazon Aquino. and two thousand peso bill, larger that the size of the Philippines bills with the picture of the former president Joseph Estrada. But those money didn't circulate because of its high values.|
|Saturday, 2 June 2012 02:46:11 PHT|
|I collected Philippine currency for many years and I was married to a Filipina. She got everything when we went through divorce. How do I replace everything she got? I have one P2 Piso bill that she missed in crisp uncirculated condition, everything else is gone. I had currency all the way back to the 1960's when I was stationed in the Philippines.|
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