BSP launches Lapulapu commemorative banknote and medal

BSP launching of the Lapulapu commemorative banknote and medal. In photo BSP Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Francisco Dakila, Jr. (center) and Senior Assistant Governor Dahlia D. Luna (right) with Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea (left), who received the items on behalf of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Photo courtesy of BSP.

QUEZON CITY— The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in cooperation with the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), launched recently the 5000-Piso Lapulapu Commemorative Banknote and Medal to kick off the 99-day countdown to the 500th anniversary of the “Victory at Mactan.
The production and issuance of the commemorative banknote and medal is part of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (QCP) which include the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Victory of Mactan, the 500th Philippines’ historic part in the first circumnavigation of the world and other related events.
BSP Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Francisco Dakila, Jr. said the BSP and NCQ have collaborated to produce the commemorative banknote and medal to celebrate the heroism of Lapulapu and his warriors, and to retell their story to the present generation.
Dakila added that the content elements of both the banknote and the medal are reminiscent of pre-colonial Philippines that will spark an interest in this part of our history.
“Through this banknote and medal, the BSP and National Historical Commission hope to celebrate Lapulapu and his warrior’s heroism and at the same time encourage every Filipino, young and old to rediscover and appreciate our history,”Dakila added.
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, chairperson of the NQC said the launching of the banknote and medal which depicts the gallantry of Lapulapu and the great warriors of Mactan celebrates not only the climax of the circumnavigation of the world but also our pre-colonial past that serves as the foundation of our nation’s glorious history.
“We hope to motivate our fellow Filipinos to embrace our past and have a better understanding of our evolution as a country from several fragmented chiefdoms into one single nation. We also hope to inspire our youth to have better appreciation of the valued heroes who chartered our history, and to raise greater awareness among our people of the rich cultural and religious heritage that shaped this nation into what it is today,” Medialdea added. (MBP/BSP-IDPB/BSP).

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