P20 bill is funny, tragic

THE new P20-peso bill that Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued looks funny, erroneous if not outright tragic.

The face of a youthful Manuel L. Quezon was not actually his, it seems. I suspect it is a product of the photo shop imagination of an overpaid paid unidentified if not unknown artist.

I challenge the artist to produce a picture of Quezon when he was not yet the president of the US-sponsored president of the Commonwealth.

Inscribed on the face of the P20-bill are the words “Filipino as the national language 1935. It was only on Nov. 12, 1937 when the National Assembly approved a law creating a national language Institute to study how the national language was to be named.

On July 14, 1936, the National Language Institute selected Tagalog as the basis of the National Language.

In 1959, the national language became Pilipino, not Filipino.

In 1973, the new Constitution officially declared the national language as Filipino, a mixture of languages that include popular and mis-spelled local dialects, and a mixture of Spanish and English words.

There is also the word Malacanan on the face of the new P20-bill. The Spaniards who enslaved the Philippines (a name in honor of most cruel kings of Spain, Felipe) for more than 300 years could not pronounce Malakanyang the right way so it became Malacanan.

It was like what happened to Mandaluyon when pronounced by the evil Spanish conquistadores, To this day, there are people who still mis-pronounce when they refer to Mandaluyong.

The same thing happened to Munting lupa which is now called Muntinlupa and Maynilad for Maynila.

What also disturbs me is the phrase “Pinagpala ang bayan na ang Diyos ay ang Panginoon.” Who ever thought of this phrase should be prosecuted for his redundant and erroneous play of words.

On the back of the new P20-bill are errors that Malacanan and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas are defending.

The errors have been aptly noted by those who had seen the new peso bill but the designers and those behind them insist the designs and the words they used are protected by an artistic license you will never find in any law or jurisprudence.

In complete abandon of good taste and politically accepted norms, they relocated our maps and changed the color red of the parrot to
something like yellow (the color of Presidents Corazon Aquino and Noynoy Aquino).

What was also insulting was the remark of President Noynoy that if Filipinos want a map to guide them where to go, they should buy a GPS (Global Positioning System) and not the P20-bill of the BSP.

To my mind, President Noy cannot stand criticisms, and that is not good considering that we are supposed to be his boss. Raul Valino


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