New PHP5 coin features revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio

Photo from ABS-CBN News

After the announcement of the commemorative PHP10 coin of celebrated Philippine-American war General Antonio Luna, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) said it would release by December new PHP5 coins (US$.10) with the image of another revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio.

The new coin will be released to coincide with the 120th anniversary of Bonifacio’s death and the 154th anniversary of his birth, the central bank said in a statement.

Yesterday marked the birth anniversary of Bonifacio, one of the founders of the Katipunan, the revolutionary movement that fought for the Philippines’ independence from Spain in the late 1800s.

“Widely regarded as one of the Philippines’ greatest heroes, Bonifacio was a fearless leader who founded the Katipunan, the secret society that ignited the flames of the revolution which finally led to the declaration of Philippine independence in 1898,” the BSP said in a statement.

Bonifacio’s image is currently on the PHP10 (US$.20) coin alongside that of fellow Katipunan leader Apolinario Mabini.

The two heroes’ images also appeared on the demonetized PHP10 bill.

with a report from ABS-CBN News

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