1000-piso New Design Series Banknote

nds 1000


Composite portraits of Jose Abad Santos, Josefa Llanes Escoda and Vicente Lim, the heroes of World War II, all being at the forefront of the resistance force against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines;


Panoramic view of the Banaue Rice Terraces representing Luzon, Manunggul (boatmen journeying into eternity) representing the Visayas and Langgal (a Muslim mosque), representing Mindanao




Jose Abad Santos-Chief Justice, representing the Philippine government; Josefa Llanes Escoda-civic worker representing the women; and, Vicente Lim- a general in the Philippine Army, representing the military. The Eternal Flame at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and laurel leaves symbolize the respect and honor for the unknown heroes who gave up their lives for the country in World War II.

The Banaue Rice Terraces, so-called "stairway to heaven", is said to have existed for the last 2000 years, proof that the Ifugaos, Bontocs and Igorots have been practicing irrigated agriculture for centuries long before the coming of the Spaniards. The terraces continue to be built and maintained today, using approximately the same ancient technology. The Manunggul Jar is ancient burial jar dating to as far back as 800 B.C. the handiwork of an ancient artist, the manunggul’s round cover is topped by a miniature funerary boat with a prow carved in eye motif. It is a depiction of the belief in life after death, a high level concept of spirituality already present among indigenous Filipinos.

The 1000-piso NDS was enhanced in 2001 from version 1 to version 2, incorporated with iridescent band and windowed security thread in addition to the existing security features such as the optically variable ink, embedded security thread, scattered red & blue visible fibers, and fluorescent printing.