So what's new with these banknotes?
- More realistic portraits of former Philippine presidents and heroes
- Tourist destinations and notable animals found in the country on the reverse
- New BSP logo and Republic of the Philippines Seal
- New euro-like design with large numbers for easy identification.
- Security features are spruced most noticeably the serial numbers which some might find weird and the security thread which is wider. A foil-like optically variable device is found in the new 500 and 1,000 peso bills.
- The paper used is "hygienically treated" or has anti-bacterial properties.
- Color schemes were maintained except for the 20 peso bill which I think has a different tone of orange.
- The size of all banknotes appear to have been maintained.
- The same paper made of abaca-cotton. The BSP considered plastic/polymer before but they might have foreseen some problems with that especially with the way Filipinos crumple, fold, crease, and roll money.