Traveling abroad is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. If you plan to visit the Philippines for the first time, you are in the right place to learn about its currency. You’ll need to know and understand the value of the Philippine Peso.
A Short Glimpse of the History of Philippine Money
But first, let’s take a look back! The Philippine Peso is originated from the Spanish peso. In 1521, the Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards under the explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s leadership. And this ended in 1898 during the Philippine revolution. Therefore, it’s easy to understand why the Spanish peso significantly influences the Philippine currency, even the language.
Central Bank of the Philippines (Banko Sentral nang Pilipinas or BSP)
As ordered by the New Central Bank Act of 1993, the primary duties of BSP are:
- Currency issue.
- Financial supervision to financial institutions
- Management of foreign currency reserves
- Determination of exchange rate policy
- It is the banker, financial advisor, the official bank of the Philippine Government, political subdivisions and agencies, and GOCCs.
- Liquidity management
Different Denomination of the Philippine Money
The smallest money unit is centavo or sentimo. Today the coins consist of one peso, five pesos, and ten pesos. Simultaneously, the vibrant bill consists of twenty, fifty, one hundred, five hundred, and one thousand pesos.
Prices in shops and markets are signed as PHP, ₱, or P.
I would suggest keeping some coins because they come in handy when tipping vendors, kids as tour guides in some areas, or parking guys who assist drivers on their way out or into establishments.
Exchangeable money in the Philippines
- Australian dollar (AUD)
- Bahraini dinar (BHD)
- British pound (GBP)
- Brunei dollar (BND)
- Canadian dollar (CAD)
- Chinese yuan (CNY)
- Dominican peso (DOP)
- Euro (EUR)
- Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
- Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
- Japanese yen (JPY)
- Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
- Mexican peso (MXN)
- New Taiwan dollar (TWD)
- Saudi riyal (SAR)
- Singapore dollar (SGD)
- South Korean won (KRW)
- Swiss franc (CHF)
- Thai baht (THB)
- United Arab Emirates dirham (AED)
- United States dollar (USD)
You can learn about the rates here.
Something to Remember!
- Philippine bills are made of 80% cotton and 20% abaca and maintain a slightly rough texture. Thus, if the banknote is smooth, it’s fake.
- Most small to medium shops don’t accept cards, so it’s better to bring cash with you.
- Both credit and debit cards are accepted to mall shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are the most accepted card in the Philippines.
- To avoid suspected fraud in using your cards in the Philippines, inform your bank or credit card agency beforehand regarding your travel.
- Food, beverages, and other essential commodities are cheaper than in western or middle eastern countries.
- You can install apps on your smartphones like Gcash or Paymaya for cashless payments too.
They say money can’t buy happiness, right! But money can help you reach satisfaction, especially when traveling! Wherever you go, whichever country you will visit, it’s a must to know and understand its currency. You’ll be better of when buying stuff you need, paying for meals, transport, etc. And please forget not to tip! Giving a tip is an excellent way of reciprocating that wonderful experience regardless if it was positive or negative. Enjoy your travel and stay in the Philippines (my home country).
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