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50 Piso 2008, Philippines

in Krause book Number: 193
Years of issue: 2008
Edition: --
Signatures: President of the Philippines: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas: Amando Maglalang Tetangco, Jr.
Serie: BSP series
Specimen of: 2001
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 х 64
Printer: BSP - Security Plant Complex, Diliman, Quezon City

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50 Piso 2008




Sergio Osmeña.


50 Piso 2008

Sergio Osmeña

The engraving on banknote is made after the portrait of Sergio Osmeña by Philippine painter Fernando Amorsolo (mirror view). Courtesy of the National museum and library of the Philippines.

Sergio Osmeña (September 9, 1878 - October 19, 1961) was a Filipino politician who served as the fourth President of the Philippines from 1944 to 1946. He was Vice President under Manuel L. Quezon, and succeeded as President upon Quezon's sudden death in 1944, becoming the oldest officeholder at age 65. A founder of Nacionalista Party, he was also the first Visayan to become President of the Philippines.

Sergio Osmeña

Prior to his accession in 1944, Osmeña served as Governor of Cebu from 1906 to 1907, Member and first Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives from 1907 to 1922, and Senator from the 10th Senatorial District for thirteen years, in which capacity he served as Senate President pro tempore. In 1935, he was nominated to be the running-mate of Senate President Manuel L. Quezon for the presidential election that year. The tandem was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1941.

He was patriarch of the prominent Osmeña family, which includes his son, former Senator Sergio Osmeña, Jr., and his grandsons, senators Sergio Osmeña III and John Henry Osmeña), ex-governor Lito Osmeña, and former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña.

On right side is the gavel of the Speaker of the National Assembly.


The gavel is a small ceremonial mallet commonly made of hardwood, typically fashioned with a handle and often struck against a sounding block to enhance its sounding qualities. It is a symbol of the authority and right to act officially in the capacity of a chair or presiding officer.

Nearby is the Ceremonial mace.

The ceremonial mace is a highly ornamented staff of metal or wood, carried before a sovereign or other high official in civic ceremonies by a mace-bearer, intended to represent the official's authority. The mace, as used today, derives from the original mace used as a weapon. Processions often feature maces, as on parliamentary or formal academic occasions.

The seal of National Bank, type 5 with a date 1993 on the right side. On seal is the allegory of progress.

Denominations in numerals are in three corners. In words in lower right corner.


50 Piso 2008

The Old Congress Building

The Old Congress Building (also known as the Old Legislative Building) is a building located on Padre Burgos Avenue in Ermita, Manila, Philippines. It is currently home of the National Art Gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines. From 1926 to 1972, and again from 1987 to 1997, the building was home to various legislative bodies of the Philippine government.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners. In numeral and in words in lower right corner.