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Published:December 20th, 2010 09:14 EST

Peso Madness

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Geographically-challenged Philippine maps and a rare parrot with the wrong-coloured beak have perturbed the country after the central bank rolled out error-filled new editions of its peso bills.

pesoThe new-generation banknotes, rolled out earlier this month and containing the signature of President Benigno Aquino who took office this year, bombed spectacularly in the graphics department, critics say.

The reverse side of the new 500-peso (11 dollar) bill features a rare native bird, the blue-naped parrot, with its red beak incorrectly rendered in yellow and the tail feathers underneath coloured green instead of yellow.

A map on the bill -- which also carries portraits of Aquino`s late parents -- mislocates Saint Paul`s, a subterranean river that is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site." AFP
In my humble opinion this is much ado about nothing. It`s not the Euro or the American Dollar that we are talking about. It`s the freaking Philippine Peso that`s causing all the ruckus. A thousand pesos and a couple of American dollars might get you a cup of coffee.

How can you take a currency seriously that features a parrot, for God`s sake! If the mighty American greenback featured a parrot, it`s value would drop like a stone. Given a choice between a currency that features a parrot or Monopoly money, I`d opt for the fake money. 

Word of advice for the clowns who create the designs for the peso: Next time try featuring a noble eagle, instead of a silly parrot.

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