PHP – Philippine Peso

Monetary System

1 Philippine peso (PHP) = 100 centavos

2021 Commemorative Issues

On 18 January 2021, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas introduced a new 5,000-peso note featuring Lapulapu, a Filipoino hero who vanquished Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan and his army in their attempt to colonize Mactan Island. This is a non-circulating legal tender commemorative banknote.

Description: 50.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Brown. Front: Filipino text; Battle of Mactan; Lapulapu; outrigger warship; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal; Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines logo. Back: English and Filipino text; map; Philippine eagle (Manaol) perched on branch; Mount Apo in Mindanao; coconut tree. Unknown security thread. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: (Unknown). Dimensions unknown. Paper.

2020 NGC Enhanced Issues

According to a press release dated 29 July 2020, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has begun issuing notes with upgraded windowed security threads, anti-copying and anti-scanning features, and tactile marks.
The new notes are like the preceding issues, but with added short horizontal lines that may be felt at the sides of the banknotes. There will be one pair of these lines for the 50-peso note, two pairs for the 100, three for the 200, four for the 500, and five for the 1,000.
The security features of the 500-and 1,000-peso notes were strengthened by adding a color-shifting, rolling bar effect on the denominations.Moreover, the improvements highlight the country’s rich culture by featuring indigenous Filipino weaves on the windowed security thread of the 100-, 200-, 500-, and 1,000-peso banknotes.
The NGC banknotes without the enhanced features will remain legal tender and shall co-exist with the abovementioned enhanced banknotes.

Description: 50.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Red. Front: Filipino text; First National Assembly in 1907; Sergio Osmeña; US General Douglas MacArthur during Leyte Landing in 1944; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; maliputo fish (Caranx ignobilis); Taal Lake; Batangas embroidery design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Sergio Osmeña and electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Violet. Front: Filipino text; Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila; Manuel Acuña Roxas; inauguration of the Third Republic on 4 July 1946; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; whale shark; Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay; Bicol textile design. 4-mm wide violet-to-bronze windowed security thread with demetalized BSP / 100 on Bicol indigenous textile pattern. Watermark: Manuel Roxas and electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 200.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Green. Front: Filipino text; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; tarsier; Bohol Chocolate Hills; Visayas design. 4-mm wide green-to-blue windowed security thread with demetalized BSP / 200 on Visayas indigenous textile pattern. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal and electrotype 200. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Yellow. Front: Filipino text; denomination as gold-to-green rolling bar SPARK; crowd at EDSA People Power I in February 1986; Corazon C. Aquino; Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.; Benigno Aquino Jr. monument; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; blue-naped parrot; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; Southern Philippines cloth design. 4-mm wide gold-to-jade windowed security thread with demetalized BSP / 500 on indigenous textile pattern. Watermark: Corazon and Benigno Aquino and electrotype 500. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Blue. Front: Filipino text; denomination as green-to-magenta rolling bar SPARK; crowd at independence centennial celebration in 1998; OVI of South Sea pearl in clam shell and BSP logo; José Abad Santos; Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; South Sea pearl in clam shell (Pinctada Maxima); turtle; Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca). 5-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized BSP / 1000 on T’nalak indigenous textile pattern. Watermark: Santos, Escoda, and Lim and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

2017 – 2020 NGC Enhanced Issues

These notes are like the preceding issues, but with various enhancements to all notes, including the scientific names on back in italics, the year at left center front in larger font size, and various revisions to the designs of individual denominations.
According to a press release dated 15 October 2019, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas intended to replace the 20-peso banknote with a coin in December 2019. Existing notes will be withdrawn from circulation through natural attrition.

Description: 20.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Filipino text; Filipino as the National Language 1935; Manuel Luis Quezón; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal; Malacañang Palace (presidential residence) and Pasig River in San Miguel, Manila. Back: English and Filipino text; map; Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus); Banaue rice terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Cordilleras weave design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Manuel Luis Quezón and electrotype 20. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Red. Front: Filipino text; First National Assembly in 1907; Sergio Osmeña; US General Douglas MacArthur during Leyte Landing in 1944; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; maliputo fish (Caranx ignobilis); Taal Lake; Batangas embroidery design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Sergio Osmeña and electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.
Like previous issue, but with LEYTE LANDING OCTOBER 1944 at lower right front.

Description: 100.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Violet. Front: Filipino text; Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila; Manuel Acuña Roxas; inauguration of the Third Republic on 4 July 1946; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; whale shark; Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay; Bicol textile design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP100. Watermark: Manuel Roxas and electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 200.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Green. Front: Filipino text; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; tarsier; Bohol Chocolate Hills; Visayas design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP200. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal and electrotype 200. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.
Like previous one, but with new vignettes at lower left front and lower center front.

Description: 500.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Yellow. Front: Filipino text; crowd at EDSA People Power I in February 1986; Corazon C. Aquino; Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.; Benigno Aquino Jr. monument; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; blue-naped parrot; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; Southern Philippines cloth design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP500. Watermark: Corazon and Benigno Aquino and electrotype 500.Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Blue. Front: Filipino text; crowd at independence centennial celebration in 1998; OVI of South Sea pearl in clam shell and BSP logo; José Abad Santos; Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; South Sea pearl in clam shell (Pinctada Maxima); turtle; Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca). 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP1000. Watermark: Santos, Escoda, and Lim and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.
Like previous one, but without MEDAL OF HONOR at lower center front.

2010 – 2017 New Generation Currency Issues

These New Generation Currency (NGC) notes were redesigned to enhance security, improve durability, but retain the size, predominant colors, and featured personalities of the preceding New Design Series (NDS), except for the portrait of President Corazon Aquino which was added to the 500-peso note.
Responding to complaints that the 100- and 1,000-peso banknotes had similar colors, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas improved the contrast between the two by issuing a revised 100-peso banknote with violet color to more easily distinguish it from the blue 1,000-peso note.

Description: 20.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Filipino text; Filipino as the National Language 1935; Manuel Luis Quezón; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal; Malacañang Palace (presidential residence) and Pasig River in San Miguel, Manila. Back: English and Filipino text; map; palm civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus Philippinensis); Banaue rice terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Cordilleras weave design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Manuel Luis Quezón and electrotype 20. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Red. Front: Filipino text; First National Assembly in 1907; Sergio Osmeña; US General Douglas MacArthur during Leyte Landing in 1944; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; maliputo fish (Caranx ignobilis); Taal Lake; Batangas embroidery design. Solid security thread. Watermark: Sergio Osmeña and electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Violet and blue. Front: Filipino text; Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila; Manuel Acuña Roxas; inauguration of the Third Republic on 4 July 1946; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; whale shark; Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay; Bicol textile design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP100. Watermark: Manuel Roxas and electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Violet. Front: Filipino text; Central Bank of the Philippines headquarters building in Manila; Manuel Acuña Roxas; inauguration of the Third Republic on 4 July 1946; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; whale shark; Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay; Bicol textile design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP100. Watermark: Manuel Roxas and electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.
Like previous one, but blue background elements on front now violet.

Description: 200.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Green. Front: Filipino text; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Diosdado Pangan Macapagal; Barasoain Roman Catholic church in Malolos City, Bulacan; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; tarsier; Bohol Chocolate Hills; Visayas design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP200. Watermark: Diosdado Macapagal and electrotype 200. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Yellow. Front: Filipino text; crowd at EDSA People Power I in February 1986; Corazon C. Aquino; Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.; Benigno Aquino Jr. monument; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; blue-naped parrot; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; Southern Philippines cloth design. 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP500. Watermark: Corazon and Benigno Aquino and electrotype 500.Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 PHP – Philippine Peso Size: 160 x 66 mm

Blue. Front: Filipino text; crowd at independence centennial celebration in 1998; OVI of South Sea pearl in clam shell and BSP logo; José Abad Santos; Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim; Order of Lakandula Medal of Honor; seal of Philippine president; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas seal. Back: English and Filipino text; map; South Sea pearl in clam shell (Pinctada Maxima); turtle; Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca). 4-mm wide red-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BSP1000. Watermark: Santos, Escoda, and Lim and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 160 x 66 mm. Paper.

Museum

Within the complex of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the nation’s central monetary authority, resides the Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Inaugurated on 3 January 1999, as part of the celebration of the 50 years of central banking in the Philippines, the Museo showcases the bank’s collection of currencies.

As repository and custodian of the country’s numismatic heritage, the Museo collects, studies and preserves coins, paper notes, medals, artifacts and monetary items found in the Philippines during its different historical periods. These collections have been placed on permanent display at the Museo.

Designed to “walk” the visitor through a number of galleries, individually dedicated to a specific historical period of the country, the Museo visually narrates the development of the Philippine economy, parallel to the evolution of its currency. Complementary paintings from the BSP art collection, together with chosen artifacts, enhance each gallery.

A panoramic memorabilia of 50 years of central banking in the Philippines, showcases the strides made in bringing about price stability, to sustain economic growth in the country. The exhibition hall also carries the busts of the governors of the Central Bank/ Bangko Sentral.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas sells demonetized and commemorative notes directly to collectors.