Lest I be labeled by Atenista James Soriano as an uneducated Filipino, I am writing this piece in English. 🙂
No, this is not a repost of an earlier blog:
I got this P100 peso bill with the Ateneo Law School diamond jubilee logo as change from a Quezon City food store last Wednesday night. This banknote was released recently to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ALS. The Latin motto “Ad maiorem Dei gloriam” (“For the Greater Glory of God” in English) is also printed in the bill.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (himself an Atenean) received an initial print of these commemorative 100 peso bills from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco during the ALS’ anniversary rites last June in the school’s Rockwell Makati campus (http://www.gov.ph/2011/06/07/president-aquino-receives-commemorative-100-peso-bills-during-the-celebration-of-the-75th-anniversary-of-ateneo-law-school/).
BSP evidently granted ADMU’s request last May for the school to have commemorative peso bills for their 75th anniversary “just like UP and UST,” as Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Doris Dumlao wrote (http://business.inquirer.net/2464/biz-buzz-zest-for-expansion). Specifically, the school requested “for an overprint of its logo on the 100-Piso banknotes with the year mark 2011 in celebration of this milestone.”
Specimen of the bills can be viewed here: http://www.banknotenews.com/files/65f2dad44ffa8a5b16673ec0115b866e-1661.php
PS: Don’t look now, but some people are now selling these bills online. So, next time you receive a P100 bill, better double check it!