President Diosdado Macapagal (father of the recent president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) is on the front of the note, as well as Aguinaldo Shrine and EDSA People Power 2 that got rid of President Estrada, and Barasoain Church in Bulacan.
The reverse side shows the Chocolate Hills in Bohol as well as the smallest primate in the world, the Tarsius which can also be found in Bohol. The weave design on the right comes from the Visayas.
The front side of the note is all about the Aquino Family featuring Corazon Aquino , Benigno Aquino Jr, the Benigno Aquino Jr Monument and the EDSA People Power that removed Marcos from office.
The reverse side features the Subterranean River National Park that was voted one of the New Natural wonders of the World (in Palawan), the Blue Naped Parrot and a design from the Southern Philippines.
The front of the note has Jose Abad Santos who was acting President during the 2nd World War, Vincente Lim who was a here and Brigadier General at the Battle of Bataan during WWII, Josefa Llanes Escoda who was a suffragette and the founder of the Girl Scouts, and the Centennial Celebration of the Philippine Independence, Order of Lakandula (the highest order that is awarded in the Philippines)
On the rear side you can see probably the best diving spot in the country, Tubattaha Reefs Natural Park, a sea pearl and a Mindanao design for Tinalak ( ikat dyed abaca)
On the front of the note you will see Sergio Osmena, one of the presidents of the country, and the landing at Leyte by the Americans during the second world war, and the first Filipino Assembly from 1907.
The reverse side is much more interesting with Taal Lake, which is supposed to be the smallest volcano in the world. To reach Taal Lake you must take a 3 hr bus ride from Manila to reach Tagaytay , then catch a Bangka (outrigger boat ) from the edge of the lake to the island in the middle where you can rent a horse or walk up to the crater rim. Taal Lake is actually a crater from an older volcano so you have a volcano within a crater lake....and it is still active!!!
Along side the volcano (on the note) is a giant trevally (good fish for eating) and on the side of the note is a Batangas weave design where you can see the numbers '50'
On the reverse side of the note is the famous Banaue Rice Terraces which can be found 300 kms north of Manila. The rice terraces have been there for around 3,000 years and have been maintained to the present day. Unfortunately the younger people don't want to work in the rice terraces and are leaving to seek better jobs in Manila and other parts. However the terraces remain a major tourist destination.
In the center of the note is the palm civet, and is easily recognized by its dark course hair and large eyes (if you are lucky enough to spot one) The cat is found in the jungles of Asia.
On the right hand side is a Cordilleras weaving design.
On the front of the note you will find Manuel Quezon, a national hero, The Malacanang Palace and the Declaration of Filipino as the National language.
The new 100 peso note has a picture of Mayon Volcano on the back and this is supposed to be the perfect cone. Mount Mayon is located at the south of Luzon Island near Legaspi and still is active now and again as residents flee from the surrounding villages.
On the backside there is also a white shark which can be seen in the seas that surround the country, and there is also a Bicol weave design.
On the front of the note there is one of the country's heroes, Manuel Roxas, La Intendencia building which can be found in Intramuros, and the Inauguration of the Third Philippine Republic.
Turo turo is a name given to small eateries where pots are lined up, offering different local dishes. Usually family run, the cook prepares several dishes in the morning and the customer will open each pot to select the meal of his choice. Normally the price will be 40 or 50 pesos served with rice, and of course the customer does not have to wait for 20 minutes as the food is already prepared.
Turo turo is derived from the verb 'TURO' which means to point, thus the customer will point to his choice.
This distinction belongs to the narra tree which grows as tall as 33 meters, and 2 meters in diameter. It is very interesting as the flower buds don't open normally, but wait until they are all ready and open for just one day only, then 4 months later the fruits are mature and are dispersed by the wind.
More strange facts about the tree--- the root extract is applied to syphilitic sores and the resin extract is used for treating diarrhea. The red latex is used for folk remedies such as cancer and the young leaves are applied to other ailments.
The tree is protected and permits are required for logging, but the furniture is very expensive.
If you like to see narra trees visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex where they line the road (particularly near Star City).
Don't be surprised if you are approached by students who will interview you for there university course. I am interviewed at least once a year in different parts of the country. The students will ask where you are from, which part of the country you are visiting and other details. It only takes 5 minutes and the students will be exceptionally pleased to talk with you.
The balete tree can be as old as 1000 years and is famous for the folklore by the locals. They believe that the tree can be a home to Duendis (dwarfs), kapre (demon), or tikbalang (a mythical creature with long arms). Rotts hang down from the tree that eventually reach the ground, and the tree will gradually become bigger and bigger as it gets older. There is one tree in Negros that is supposed to be over 1,300 years old and 42 men can encircle the tree with their arms outstretched holding the next person--- i make that around 250 feet to encircle the tree. In some areas sorcery rituals will take place and many believe that the tree is haunted. For medicinal purposes it is supposed it is supposed to help wounds and bruises when oil is applied after boiling leaves or roots. The juice of the bark is supposed to cure liver disease.
Well, i am glad to see that more and more supermarkets are no longer using plastic bags and have signs reminding you that plastic bags are no longer available, or even to bring your own bag while shopping. So many sewer drains are blocked up with plastic and other garbage this has to be a move in the correct direction. Great for the environment.
Balut is a tasty snack that is much enjoyed in the Philippines, and now i just noticed on my recent trip to Manila that there is now a chain of food stalls called BALUT EXPRESS that you can find in most major shopping malls. The more traditional balut would be a boiled duck's egg that is 17 days old, then eat it with chili, vinegar, garlic and salt. You can see the little head and webbed feet, and you consume the lot. Balut express has the embryos deep fried in batter as well as a few other varieties. 20 years in the Philippines and i have not plucked up the courage to taste one yet, but maybe you do!!!!
Not quite sure whether to put this review here or another page but the Iglesia Ni Christo (Church of Christ) is not affiliated to any other religious organization, but it is the largest religious organization that originated in the Philippines. It is also the largest independent church in Asia and has 27 m members worldwide. You will come across these churches that all look the same in many Philippine towns. The followers believe that Jesus Christ established the true church in the first century and believe bible prophecies that it would later be established in Eastern Asia. The church was registered in the country around 1914, supposedly by Felix Manalo who was the last messenger of God. There are now over 5,00 churches in around 100 countries world wide.
In the Philippines a town is divided in to political districts called Barangays, and means village or district. The Barangay in turn can be split up into Puroks which can consist of an area with a hundred houses or so, Each barangay has a chairman who is elected for several years, and there are also tanods which are like village policemen who may patrol areas at night or be called upon in event of trouble. Often if families have disputes, or fight with a neighbor, it is settled at the barangay office in front of the chairman who will listen to the dispute and help provide a solution to the problem, then both sides will sign a paper accepting that the dispute is settled, but the barangay has no authority to enforce a settlement. The names of the officers and relevant positions are posted throughout the barangay for all to see.
Filipinos love to gamble and in small villages several small lotteries take place each day. You choose two numbers and the winning numbers are announced throughout the day. The STL was organised about 10 years ago to stop illegal lotteries and now many people make a living this way. A percentage of the stakes go to charity and over 60,000 jobs have been created for the people. As you walk through the villages you will probably see the lottery sheets posted at various collection sites. There are actually several different lotteries that one may enter.
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