Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas finally unveiled the new designs for our bank notes Thursday, December 16, and it is looking oh-so-awesome.
Considering the length of time—three years, people!— to conceptualize, print, and complete these bills, and then seeing how they turned out to be, we say it's worth the wait. Our current bills however will continue to circulate for the next three years, Yahoo Philippines reports.
Plenty of familiar elements will remain. “We retained colors to make sure people don’t get confused,” says BSP governor Amando Tetangco. The new bills will also continue to feature portraits of former Philippine presidents and icons we have grown accustomed to.
But on to the new stuff: the new bank notes will feature the best that Philippine tourism has to offer.
As opposed to old Manila hotspots, tourism landmarks will now be seen at the back of the bill accompanied by several other local animals and land treasures.
New security features will include the Republic of the Philippines seal and the word “Pilipino” written in “Baybayin,” a pre-Spanish writing system. Existing security features such as embossed prints, serial numbers, security fibers, and watermarks will remain.
Proceed to our gallery below and find out why it'll be nice to earn ourselves some moolah come next year:
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO
SCREENSHOTS FROM BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS