Tales of 1971 Piso Coin

A good feature story aired last sunday by Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho at GMA channel 7 featured some FB group buying sites and some coin collectors looking for the rare 1971 1 peso coin.

This trigger some online debates and discussion about this rare coin in circulation.  The 1970’s coins were in general use up until the early 1990’s before the coins were demonetized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas along with the Ang Bagong Lipunan bills. They are used for payments in jeepney fares and loose change in small sari-sari stores.

Started collecting these types of coins whenever i had a chance to see them, most are in poor condition and an aunt even gave me over a dozen pieces of the 1972 1 peso coin as some sort of Christmas gift. ( also in circulated condition )

The coins are larger compared to the flora and fauna series issued by BSP in the 1980’s and a smaller coin series ( flora and fauna series 1994)  which is very unpopular among collectors and masses since they are quite small.

There were some rumors way back in the late 1990’s that some of the 1970’s  Marcos era coins are worth something and they have some gold content. The uncirculated ones and the ones that were polished with modern metal polish would have a yellowish color glow that makes people believed that it had gold or had white gold content. Some gullible people began hoarding them. People believed in the story, since there are some sidewalk vendors making them as rings or accessories, soaking them in calamansi solution. Some of them are still around Recto, Divisoria and provinces until now peddling items made from these coins.  I should have taken some photos for record purposes.

Metallic Content

“All the coins issued by then Central Bank of the Philippines and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas do not contain precious metals particularly, silver and gold. Moreover, the value of the metallic contents of the BSP coins is determined by world market prices of metals.” – Page 5, Item #20, Banknotes and Coins March 2015.

At the height of the frenzy, Some people began spreading rumors in some buy and sell sites that each coin can be bought around Php 100 each regardless of the condition to as much as Php 1,000 each or even more !

NOLI Me Tangere Obverse

Another rumor that circulated for decades was the rare 1971 1 peso series with a Noli Me Tangere obverse and such coins are worth at least Php 200 to 1 million pesos . I have seen a couple of these coins being sold before in Recto at a local coin dealer way back in 1999 . I always do some researches later to found out that there are some private individuals and unscrupulous coin dealers or medal makers that would counter stamp or re-strike these coins to sell maybe to unsuspecting local or foreign collectors who would collect these kinds of novelty items, some say fantasy issue. Banking on the so called rarity, exclusiveness of the issuance.

This is not a rare case for coins but for stamps and other items that are collectible.   P.D No. 247  and BSP Circular No 61

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Philippines and pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21, 1972, Proclamation No. 1104 dated January 17, 1973, and General Order No. 1 dated September 22, 1972, and in order to effect the desired changes and reforms in the social, economic and political structure of our society, do hereby order and decree:

1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully deface, mutilate, tear, burn or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, currency notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of the Philippines; and

2. That any person who shall violate this Decree shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty thousand pesos and/or by imprisonment of not more than five years.

Reason : Sales Gimmick or Failure to Issue on Time ?

The law created which does not have a fang. I have seen some banknotes overprinted with the Pope Francis visit.  Which is not an official souvenir item issued by the BSP ( I think some private individual issued these so-called fantasy or  counter-stamping issues for remembrance of the occasion and failure of BSP and even Post Office to issue sufficient number of stamps and coins during the visit of Pope Francis in 2015) or delayed issuance?

The BSP flawed online registration drew some negative comments especially among old time collectors which are not tech savy and does not have any email accounts. Worst case scenario is that it took several months before the coins from BSP were sold to en-mass. Even until 2017( two years after the Pope Francis visit) and with a new BSP head. Some of those who ordered via email still have to receive the coins.

For stamps, People had to wait for long lines at the Manila Central Post office for long hours and the delivery for the Pope Francis stamps and souvenir sheet was even delayed or several hours during the first day. The author is one of the several hundreds or even thousands of people who lined -up just to purchase the commemorative stamps.  Taking a leave of absence for two days and loss of productive time.

Personal Letter to BSP Governor Amando Tetangco

I personally wrote a letter address to the former BSP governor Amando Tetangco way back in 2015 for some of the old members who cannot order online – the limited Pope Francis coins ( we only ordered just few coins for our old members from the provinces and those who do not have access to internet ) ONLY to be rejected few months later, after BSP staffs have assured us of having the priority order. Even personally going to the office of the governor of the BSP in Manila. Sadly two died without even seeing the commemorative coin.

I would have shrug off the story aired by KMJS last sunday. I think it was more of an information dissemination to create a decent rating out of ONE in a Million or Treasure Hunting stories which surely will create some noise. Got several emails and inquiries in this blog about the coin.

Wrote this short article to inform people that there is no such truth about the rare 1971 issuance for those who wanted to know the number of coins that were made.

Technical Description 

Obverse : Shield of the Republic of the Philippines, Lettering:
REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS , REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS , * BANGKO 1972 SENTRAL *

Translation: Republic of the Philippines

Central Bank of the Philippines : 1972

Reverse : Head of Jose Rizal left 

Lettering: P I S O 1 JOSE RIZAL

Translation: 1 Piso Jose Rizal

Edge

Reeded

Quantities ( Number of Coins Made or Minted)

1972 -121,821,000

1974- 10,000 -proof set

1974- 45,631,000

 

Visit to Nayong Pilipino -Clark

Nayong Pilipino -Clark  occupies about 5 hectares of the southeastern portion of the Clark Expo (formerly Expo Filipino) within Pampanga province. This site is between 1 hour and half to 1 and 1/2 hour drive north from Quezon City in Metro Manila. The distance is approximately 91 kilometer to 92 kilometers .

Maria Sinukuan statue

Our first visit at the old- Centennial expo site was on the later part of 1998- The area is larger but the landscape is still not mature at that time .  This was built as part of the Philippine National Centennial Exposition event . Site was intended as a showpiece during the commemoration of centennial anniversary of declaration of the Philippine Independence. Nearby features an amphitheater-type tent that can seat 35,000 people.

Malakas at si Maganda

Then, we revisited the site during the time of Ms. Charito Plans around 2007 . The last one was about 3 years ago , with a group of American tourists attending a conference . This is the fourth time to visit the site. The place also had interesting pocket gardens with Philippine popular characters based on myths , legends and folklore .

Barasoain church replica – This church was erected around 1998 funded by Agencia Cooperacion Espanola Internacional 

Barasoain Church was inaugurated during the visit of then King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on February 13, 1998 , in commemoration of Philippine centennial of declaration of independence.

The theme park is divided into 15 different places .

Replica house of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Calamba, Laguna and Gen. Emilio Aguinalo house 

Heroes Plaza – named after famous Philippine heroes and that plaza had several replica houses of Philippine heroes , Emilio Aguinaldo, Dr. Jose P. Rizal and Apolinario Mabini.

Obra Maestra of Mr. Rafael Maniago  ( theme Philippine kalesa painting) 

There is also a heroes gallery , stage area and administration office is located . There is an ongoing painting exhibit of Mr. Rafael Maniago at the second floor at the Administration office. The exhibited opened to the general public last December 7 and will run until the end of the Yuletide season.

Mr. Rafael Maniago was born in an impoverish Mexico , Pampanga. He is world reknown for his paintings

numismatic exhibition

There is also an ongoing numismatic and banknote exhibition at the Emilio Aguinaldo house – The exhibit showed the history timeline of Philippine coins, banknotes and pre-hispanic era. The collection is owned by a fellow stamp and coin collector Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan

Kalinga Village 

Kalinga Village shows a typical village in Kalinga with several native huts , complete with rice terraces , stage area with wooden seats.

Orchidarium

The Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium had Philippine bred orchid hybrids named after Philippine presidents . There are also pocket gardens where one can appreciate native trees and plants.

Ifugao hut 

There are craftsmen and wood carvers from Ifugao which makes wonderful artistic wood crafts like statues , tissue holders, wooden mortal and pestle, chopping board and other items.

wood carvings

One can easily buy interesting wood carving from native tribes.

orchid hybrids mounted on drift woods

There are a couple of Philippine native orchid species like Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay ),  Cymbidium finlaysonianum , Vanda lamellata and Dendrobium crumenatum ( dove or pigeon orchid ) within the grounds .

Museo sa Nayon 

Museo sa Nayon houses different textiles made by different indigenous tribes of the country .

Salangi Restaurant 

Salangi Restaurant specializes on Kapampangan dishes like adobo , menudo among others . The restaurant had a second floor , ideal with rustic views of the place.

native cottage 

Those who wanted to experience a rustic bahay kubo with modern amenities , one can rent any of the bahay kubo within the Nayong Pilipino for a minimal fee – each bahay kubo had a capacity of between 4 to 6 people .

The place is also ideal for team building , debut , wedding and special event.

Cultural Shows

cultural performers

There are daily cultural performance held at the Nayong Pilipino – one is held around past 8:00am at the lagoon area and 11:15 am to 11:45am at the Centennial plaza fronting the Barasoain Church (except monday )

cultural performer inside the teatro

There is also a daily performance of rondalla , cultural shows at the Teatro every 2:00pm

A visit to Nayong Pilipino is worthwhile not only for balikbayans , tourists but for every Filipinos .

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/NayongPilipinoOfficial/

Operational Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Information :

(+63) 943-553-2414 , (+63) 906-117-9037 ,(+63) 927-287-0097 , (+63) 949-768-1893

Entrance Fees: 

General Public : Php 150 

Students and Senior Citizens :Php 120

Photography and Pre-Nuptial : Php 2,000 ( inclusive of 4 hours shoot with complimentary entrance for 5 PAX and use of holding area ) Php 300 per hour in excess – (Prices are subject to change without prior notice ) 

How to Commute 

Take any Bus to Baguio and Pangasinan with stop-over  at Dau, Mabalacat Pampanga. Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philtranco, on the other hand, have Manila-Dau route.

From Mabalacat Bus Terminal, walk towards McArthur Highway and wait for jeepneys to Main Gate Terminal. You can also take jeepneys to Angeles, get off at 1st street, and walk towards SM Clark. The Main gate terminal is just few meters before SM.

From the main gate, take route 1 jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Parkson Duty Free (Claro M Recto Highway cor. Centennial Road) then walk along Centennial Road to Clark Expo or Nayong Pilipino.

There are also occasional service shuttle from Clark Freeport Zone, Main Gate near SM City Clark- This was according to the staffs of the Nayong Pilipino .

Note : The author was invited by the new head of the Nayong Pilipino to visit the site , this is for some unsolicited advice and free consultation about the landscape, plants and orchids . I would like to thank Mr. JQ Quesada and Ms. Mich Aguilar -Ong , Sir Stephen from the Nayong Pilipino administration.

The author is not connected with the management of the theme park.

3rd Philippine International Flora and Fauna Green Living Expo 2010

The organizers  would like to welcome you to the 3rd Philippine International Flora and Fauna Green Living Expo (PIFGEX 3) with the theme “Gifts of Nature” to be held on July 22-25, 2010 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

PIFGEX 2010 poster

We endeavor to bring together and educate people about the Philippine’s natural beauty, its rich yet fragile biodiversity, its endearing culture and also, its unique products.

PIFGEX is the first event that has brought together both government and private industry. It is one of the major projects that RPN Flora and Fauna Inc. organizes annually.

year’s event gave an opportunity for companies, government and private groups to exhibit their products and ideas to the greater public and to special targeted groups. In past shows we have offered exhibitors a chance to talk and make presentations about their products, ideas or services. We also have special interest areas set aside such as live animal displays and provide some exhibitors a display area in the front of the venue as a secondary showcase area. This has been a very successful format allowing exhibitors to introduce new and current products in the market place. Our media partners like Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror and Business World has also extended their help and support by way of reaching our intended audience.

The exposition will also be attended by representative exhibitors from different regions of the Philippines. The participation and great contributions of these regions, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), helps to accentuate the issue of environmental awareness, as well as share visuals and informations about their place and their industries.

It is  a collaboration of major and developing companies, NGO’s and the government sector to elevate public awareness about what we have to offer, and how our companies and groups are doing their part in the urgent call to revive our land and our planet and in caring for our country’s resources. Together we can make this a crusade and our personal commitment to our country and the environment. Recent calamities have shown we need to take a more proactive role in environmental protection wherein each individual can play their part. Education is an important part of this process and PIFGEX is the only trade show that addresses this important concern.

RPN Flora and Fauna Inc. will continue to improve and innovate in future shows giving exhibitors a chance to discuss and introduce new products and ideas that could contribute to the greening of our country, and reduce industrial and consumer wastes.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund all expeditions that RPN Flora and Fauna Inc. has been organizing for the research, survey, documentation and eventually, the creation of books that will showcase the flora and fauna of the Philippines from the Batanes group of islands up to the island of Tawi-Tawi.  Let us all become a part of this urgent and worthwhile project that is of great help in upbringing further interest to study and preserve our wildlife and our country as a whole.

Should you need more information, please call Mr. Delmer Rivera at (02) 534 9826 or 0905 3538487 or email him at // events@philippinefloraandfauna.org

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We have attached an application form for you to fill up, should you wish to exhibit again in PIFGEX .

Department of Education Culture and Sports issued a DepED Advisory no . 6 series 2010 dated January 11, 2010  endorsing the event to all public and private academic institution all over the country to come and visit the event.

Articles from : PIFGEX 2010 website

Events Highlight:

CHED- This institution highly endorses this event for college and universities from all over the country. The event will draw livelihood seminars, educational information from academe , industry and practitioners .

Department Of Environment and Natural Resources – This government institution will have an exhibit and a special conference will be attended by top DENR officials.

Partner Exhibitors:
AANI – One of the largest Agriculture,Aqua -Fisheries , Environmental , Organic, Educational , Inventor  organizations  will proudly showcase their products, services and new technologies in the event.

BIOMOD- is a computer platform for ensemble forecasting of species distributions, enabling the treatment of a range of methodological uncertainties in models and the examination of species-environment relationships.

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club – One of the most dynamic stamp societies in the Philippines which popularized the FREE Postal Heritage Walking Tours around the city with the use of stamps as a guide will exhibit rare and endemic Flora and Fauna on stamps. A lecture series by Mr. Lawrence Chan (VP) on July 22 and 23, 2010 will also focus on how to start collecting stamps on thematic like flora and fauna on stamps.

Filipino Inventors Society – Will showcase distinctive and unique Philippine made inventions that are truly world class .

Flower Club Philippines- with modern and stylized art of flower arrangement , These group of young creative designers raises flower arrangement into an unique blend of modern and contemporary design fit for modern lifestyles.

Planet Earth T-shirt – Export oriented t-shirt company . These wonderfully crafted t-shirt are pioneer in environmental designs such as animal motifs , flora and glow in the dark shirt.

Earth Institute, Asia – This international research and development institute provide environmental advocate and educating the public through mass media critical issues like Climate Change, Environmental degradation among others .

Bayer Health Care- One of the leading companies in the world will provide interesting product demonstrations and innovative product lines for health and environment .

Klub Natur – will exhibit unique environmental photography and landscape settings.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office- This organization will provide selected indigent communities a livelihood opportunities in turning waste products into profitable fashion items such as recycled bags, recycled newspaper , fashion accessories, gift items among others.

Pepsi Philippines- One of the world’s most famous beverage company will sponsor the outdoor tents and product sampling during the show.

Mister cool – Philippines largest outdoor cooling de-humidifier equipment .

Rizal Technological University – One of the largest technical , tertiary universities in the country will display and showcase its mushroom and urban gardening modules.

Field Trips from various schools, colleges and universities from all over the country and the world .

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