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Gloria Macapagal-Arrovo

November 24th, 2005

It’s a SNAFU all over again!

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) had misspelled the name of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the one hundred peso bill. Instead of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the bills have Gloria Macapagal-“Arrovo” printed on it. The BSP had admitted to the mistake and apologizes to Mrs. Arroyo.

These bills are already in circulation and the BSP has assured everyone that these bills are still Legal Tender. If you happen to have one, don’t panic, instead feel lucky. The BSP said that this is the very first time that such a mistake happened, hence what you got is a collector’s item.

However, “The very first time” may not exactly be true, if one remembers the misspelling on the 1983 50 centavo coin that featured the Philippine Eagle on the reverse, where its scientific name was misspelled as Pithecobhaga jefferyi, instead of Pithecophaga jefferyi.

The misspelt one hundred peso bill is indeed a collector’s item not only because of its typographical error but for the political parody the mistake brings. Citing the misspelt Arrovo, robo or robar in Spanish means steal or to steal. Arroyo is still haunted by allegations that she won the Presidency by stealing votes. This one-of-a-kind one hundred peso bill is a collector’s item if only to show the government’s perennial “honest” mistakes.

I’ve got to find one and start a collection.


Photo taken from Agence France Press (AFP)

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  1. November 24th, 2005 at 16:07 | #1

    This is really laughable considering what “rovo” means in the spanish language. It looked like an inside job, di kaya?… parang napasukan ng opposition ang BSP, ala-Mission Impossible feat. Our politics is sometimes as surreal as the movies we watch.

  2. November 24th, 2005 at 22:41 | #2

    could it be possible na deliberate yun? thought of these because of the meaning you have for robo.. interesting.

  3. November 27th, 2005 at 04:02 | #3

    my friends actually said that it’d be nice to have one of these hundred peso bills, but i said i didn’t want one. one of them said, “mudagko raba ang value ana in the future, dangs.” i just said that i didn’t want one because it will only remind me of the sh*t government that we presently have. hay!

  4. Sam
    November 27th, 2005 at 10:00 | #4

    Major Tom, hindi na kelangang mang-infiltrate pa ang oposisyon para mambisto ng kapalpakan ng gubyerno. Ang gubyerno na mismo ang kusang magpapakita sa atin ng mga kapalpakan nito.

  5. November 27th, 2005 at 10:04 | #5

    hi bing, maraming naniniwalang it was simply divine retribution or gaba. :)

  6. November 27th, 2005 at 10:09 | #6

    hi BabyPink, hosto. Kiamurkaan giaya Gubyerno tano.

  7. November 29th, 2005 at 21:10 | #7

    i have a friend who already has one “arrovo” bill and she’s keeping it. (“,)

  8. December 1st, 2005 at 08:40 | #8

    It was not really the first time to make such mistake.

    I went to an antique collection shop at Megamall. I discovered a lot of Phil. bills and coins with errors.

  9. st_nose
    January 12th, 2007 at 20:14 | #9

    i wonder if there will come a time that their value will fetch up to php 100,000.00 each? just pondering…

  10. nash
    February 27th, 2007 at 10:54 | #10

    anyone who wants to have a collection of one hundred peso arrovo just ask me!!!

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