My 10-Peso Paper Bill Story


It was a dream come true!

Way back in Ilocos Norte, my Dad always hand me a 10-peso bill daily as my allowance when I was in grade school. Yes, that was already enough. Just like other kids, I always end up buying junk foods right after my first two subjects. Unfortunately, no more 10-peso bill during recess. However, I always make sure that I play games with my friends during that time.


The old 10-peso paper bill depicted the famous Barasoain Church which played in shaping the country's history. Every time I'm being handed with this bill, I always look for the best place and is hoping that the sun will guide me in finding a cat on that paper bill. That was part of my daily routine. I remember, my Dad seriously asked me to look that cat on the paper bill. Unfortunately, I gave up.

And... I never thought it was a joke.

On January 18, 2011, I finally visited the beautiful Barasoain Church. During our visit here with my friends, I still tried my best to look for that cat. Unfortunately, there was none. There was only a beautiful bride and a charming groom that day!

The Barasoain Church, where the revolutionary congress convened and where the first Philippine Constitution was drafted in 1898, was depicted in the old Php 10 bill. However, the bill has been replaced by a Php 10 coin and only a few old bills have remained in circulation.

Barasoain Church, also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, is located in Malolos City, Bulacan. It is an hour away from Manila. This church plays a huge part in our history.

Aside from looking a cat on the bill, I had a hard time pronouncing Barasoain. I even misspelled this during an examination. However, I still passed that exam.

The place is very refreshing because it is being surrounded by trees, birds flying, and kids bar-tending. Such a cool place!






This blog was first published on January 18, 2011 on my Travbuddy.

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