BSP to issue 50-peso bills with Saint Calungsod image

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MANILA, Jan. 31, 2013— The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will issue for public circulation 50-peso commemorative bills bearing an image of Saint Pedro Calungsod.

The limited-edition bills commemorate the recent canonization of the second Filipino saint, a teenage Catholic missionary who died a martyr in Guam more than three centuries ago.

Henrietta de Villa, secretary general of the National Commission on the Canonization of Calungsod, said special bills will help promote Calungsod.

The former ambassador to the Vatican said she has no idea yet as to how many copies will be made but they are expected to be out for public circulation before April.

“Because of the many signatures needed, certainly I think these will be released not later than the feast day of Calungsod on April 2,” De Villa said.

The Monetary Board, she added, has also approved to issue commemorative medals to honor the sainthood of Calungsod. (CBCPNews)

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