The National Quincentennial Committee showed a closer look at the P5000 Lapulapu commemorative banknote.
The NQC on Saturday posted several photos of the actual paper bill bearing the image of Philippine hero.
"The quincentennial is an opportune time to promote appreciation of the world of our pre-colonial ancestors such as their way of life, worldview, and belief system based on historical sources. Understanding them helps us discern the process of our becoming and being Filipino," said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Both the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the NQC Secretariat collaborated in the development of the banknote.
The NQC said they have also consulted details from archaeologist Eusebio Dizon, Visayan historian Rolando Borrinaga, Visayan anthropologist-archaeologist Jose Eleazar Bersales, Visayan historian-anthropologist Vicente Villan, and art historian Patrick Flores.
The BSP said the commemorative banknote hopes to promote and popularize the heroism of Lapulapu and his warriors, and "to encourage the present generation of Filipinos to rediscover and appreciate our pre-colonial history."
The BSP launched the P5000 Lapulapu banknote inJanuary as part of the 99-day countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.
The obverse side of the banknote depicts a young Lapulapu, an image of the battle of Mactan, the QCP logo, and the Karoaka or the large outrigger warships used by native Filipinos.
Meanwhile, the reverse side shows the Philippine Eagle or the Manaol which the central bank says symbolizes clear vision, freedom, and strength. It also embodies the ancient Visayan belief that all living creatures originated from an eagle.
Also featured in the reverse side are a coconut tree which was the food the people of Samar provided to Ferdinand Magellan and his crew, and Mount Apo where the circumnavigators finally found directional clues to their intended destination of Maluku or the Spice Island.
The paper bill was launched along with the Lapulapu medal featuring the Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Cebu, the logos of BSP and the QCP, markings of "Battle of Mactan" and the date 27 April 1521.
—Jannielyn Bigtas/MGP, GMA News