Before it was even released for public use, the new P1,000 bill has faced a lot of controversies from replacing WWII heroes with the Philippine eagle to changing the material to polymer. This was followed by several reminders from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to take care of the new polymer banknotes, instructing Filipinos to avoid folding, creasing, crumpling, ironing, stapling, or using a rubber band when handling the new P1,000 bill.
The 1000-Piso polymer banknotes are STRONG and should last 2 to 5 times longer than paper banknotes. Help preserve the quality of our polymer banknotes through proper handling and by strictly observing the following ⬇️#BSP #PisoWithBenefits #SmarterCleanerStronger pic.twitter.com/xyO08iwSMY
— Bangko Sentral (@BangkoSentral) June 21, 2022
Earlier this week, a social media post went viral telling a story of a 1,000-peso banknote allegedly getting rejected as payment. The mall has since denied these claims, but netizens are still criticizing the difficulty of handling the new banknotes. Well, since it seems citizens will need to adapt to the banknote, we compiled a list of hilarious recommendations on how you can protect the new P1,000 polymer bill.
Exchange it for coins
— 🌑h u s b a n d o🌑 (@the_Uone) March 1, 2018
Why worry about damaging your 1,000 peso bill when you can just lug around a couple of hundred 5-peso coins everywhere you go? You won’t even need to look for change to pay your fare at the jeep.
Supersize your wallet
This is to minimize the folding of the new polymer banknote. The other trick? Have women keep it. “Mas madali ’yan sa babae kasi may handbag kayo,” incoming BSP Governor Felipe Medalla said. | via @nolisoliph
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) June 28, 2022
If the money itself got longer, then maybe we should simply adjust and get a longer wallet — or so says BSP.
A couple of weeks ago, BSP recommended using longer wallets that would discourage the folding or creasing of banknotes. “One thing to adjust is to have wallets or purses that prevent it from being totally folded. Dapat ang wallet singhaba ng pera para hindi i-fold,” said BSP Governor Felipe Medalla.
Put it in a frame
Reminder lang po, bawal tupiin ang bagong polymer 1000 peso bill. Magdala po kayo ng frame para lalagyan. pic.twitter.com/Cm4siQK0bk
— Kuya Bong (@Knightmare415) July 11, 2022
If you want to make sure your 1,000-peso banknote is safe and secure and smooth AF, you can treat it like a diploma and put it in a gilded frame, just like this. Fold-free, crease-free, and waterproof. Problem solved.
Think a frame is too bulky to bring around when you’re running errands? Do the next best thing and get your 1,000-peso bill laminated. Still fold-free, crease-free, and waterproof — though you would just have a hard time using it in transactions when you can’t even take it out of the laminate material.
Get a clearbook
If you want your 1,000-peso bill more accessible, maybe you can put it in a clearbook instead. It has a lot of clear sleeves, so you can put in a lot of your 1,000-peso bills. Sayonara wallet!
Put it in a cute toploader
watch people sell decoden toploaders for the new 1000 peso bill that can’t be folded 🥴🥴 pic.twitter.com/GWMEGQ2TmM
— alex | shape of loveade (@gogumapatatas) July 11, 2022
Take your cue from K-pop stans and protect your 1,000-peso banknote like it features the face of your favorite idol! Like K-pop photocard collectors, you can use penny sleeves and toploaders to protect your money. Maybe you can even get a cute deco toploader to emphasize how pretty that eagle is.
Get yourself an acrylic wallet
Bawal ifold? No problem. Selling acrylic wallets for the new 1000 peso bill. PM for details 🙃 pic.twitter.com/Nk3Tfk9yof
— mayhotcakeba (@mayplanoba) July 10, 2022
Go to the next level of K-pop photocard collecting and use an acrylic frame to keep your 1,000-peso banknote safe. Walang tupi-tupi yan for sure.
Just don’t worry about it
With how high the inflation rate continues to climb, that 1,000-peso bill won’t stay long in our hands — if we get to touch it at all. Let’s accept it: mabilis lang lilipad yang 1,000 pesos na yan. Wala na tayong pera sa mahal ng bilihin ngayon.
Earlier today, the BSP also issued a statement that folding of the new 1,000-peso bill is fine and a folded banknote should still be accepted in transactions. Helpful reminder pag nakahawak na uli tayo ng 1,000-peso bill. Kailan kaya?