10-piso New Design Series Banknote

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Obverse

Apolinario Mabini and Andres Bonifacio

Reverse

Blood Compact of Katipuneros and Barasoain Church

Color

Brown

Description

The front side of the 10-piso banknote features Apolinario Mabini on the left and Andres Bonifacio on the right. Bonifacio was the founder of the Katipunan (KKK), a secret society established to fight the Spanish colonial government. Mabini was the Philippines first Prime Minister and Secretary of Foreign Affairs even though he was a cripple. Because of this, he was often called "The Sublime Paralytic". Depicted on the right side is one of the flags of the Katipunan, and a letter written by Mabini. 

The reverse side of the banknote features the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, site of the first Philippine Congress and where the Malolos Constitution was drafted. The right portion depicts the initiation rites of the Katipunan. Members accepted into the society had to sign their name on the society's roster using their own blood. The design was previously used on the 5 Piso "Pilipino" and "Ang Bagong Lipunan" notes.  Before 1997, the 10-piso banknote only depicted Mabini and the Barasoain Church.  The printing of this banknote was stopped
after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released the new 10 coin denomination in 2000.  However, existing banknotes of both versions remain legal tender.