This Is What Money Looked Like Way Before Today's 18-Year-Olds Were Born
This is for the kids who didn't get to enjoy looking for the cat on ten-peso bills.
There were ten-peso bills and Apolinario Mabini was alone on the obverse.
And on the reverse, there's a cat hiding on the roof of Barasoain Church.
But then, in 1997, another guy came into the picture—Andres Bonifacio.
The reverse was also changed and an image of the Katipunero's sanduguan was added.
Emilio Aguinaldo and the Declaration of Philippine Independence were on the five-peso bill.
Yep, his arch-enemy, Andres Bonifacio. Looks like the first Philippine presidency wasn't the last thing these two fought over.
Everyone's favorite painter, Juan Luna, was once on the obverse of Ang Bagong Lipunan series' 25-centavo coin introduced in 1974.
The series also included this scallop-edged five-centavo coin with our homegirl Tandang Sora on it.
And this rounded square-shaped one-centavo coin with the original bad boy ng Cebu, Lapulapu.
In 1983, the Flora and Fauna series on Philippine coins were introduced and it included a tamaraw on the obverse of one-peso coins...
A coconut tree on decagonal two-peso coins...
An endemic butterfly on 25-centavo coins...
The Philippine eagle, of course, on 50-centavo coins...
Pandaka pygmaea, the world's smallest freshwater fish endemic to the Philippines, on ten-centavo coins...
And the waling-waling on five-centavo coins.
But did you know that the words on Philippine currency weren't always in Filipino? There were once in Spanish.
And during the Japanese occupation, Japanese characters can be seen the the bottom of Philippine banknotes.
An English series was also released, which circulated during 1949 to 1969, with designs of José Rizal on two-peso bills.
And Apolinario Mabini, all alone and lonely on one-peso bills.
Remember #BoniBini? Well, before them, there was #Marciano, or Marcelo H. del Pilar and Graciano Lopez Jaena on English five-peso bills.
Printed on the reverse is their child, La Solidaridad.
The patron saints of all martyrs, the GomBurZa, were once on the obverse of English ten-peso bills.
Our favorite foulmouth, Antonio Luna, used to be on fifty-peso bills, too.
And he's probably pissed that it's in English, puñeta.
And our homegirl Tandang Sora, back at it again, this time on 100-peso bills.
The Pilipino series, the first set of banknotes that used Filipino, was then released in 1969.
Philippine banknotes have never used another language since then. <3
Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF