We, the students of BSBA went on a tour during March 5th to 7th. We visited the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Coca-cola plant, the Gardenia factory and stayed at Caliraya resort. We got onto the bus early to find our seats and to organize our things. Many of us were pumped with energy and were excited for the tour. At around 3:45AM, everything was good to go and we departed for Manila- many of my classmates were restless and too agitated to go to sleep.
We arrived at our first destination, the BSP Museum- Roxas Blvd. at around 7AM. We were an hour early as we were expected to get there at around 8. We stayed in the bus for a while until we were called to go down. Before entering the Museum, we were strictly instructed to leave phones, cameras and bags in the bus as they were not allowed inside. We were welcomed by our tour guide who gave a short introduction about the BSP and quizzed us regarding our knowledge in the Philippine money and the BSP. She rewarded those who answered correctly with the limited edition BSP calendars. Then, we watched a 10 minute presentation about the history of the BSP and its development throughout the years. Afterwards, we went around the museum to look at the artifacts they had. The museum featured historical ornaments such as golden rings and pieces that were used as a form of money to barter with goods. We also saw how the money evolved, from the first coins and the first paper bill, to the current ones. We witnessed the different changes our money went through the different periods in history. They even had rare artifacts like the notes we had throughout the Japanese invasion during the World War II and the 100,000-piso centennial note, measuring 8 1/2 " x 14 ",accredited by the Guinness Book of Records as the world 's biggest legal tender note. There were also several pieces of religious art created by Filipino artists. Not only did the museum feature Philippine money, they also had foreign curries like...
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