The inspiration for these reimagined Philippine Peso comes from Filipino background – my heritage and my second major – as well as my interest in Philippine dance. Because of years of colonization by the Spanish, it may seem that the culture of the Philippines in heavily influenced, but in many ways they adopted elements of Spanish culture and localized it, making it their own. This is true in Philippine Catholicism, where statues are worshiped throughout the country, especially the Sto. Nino, making this tradition unique to the Philippines.
I highlight this celebration in these two bills. Although they depict the same festival worshiping Sto. Nino, they are depicted differently here because of the many ethnic groups in the country, each of which has their own traditions.