October 17, 2017, 8:37 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0717 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20871 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03475 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33813 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0248 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03475 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03905 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57731 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03233 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00736 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.79539 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02637 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13393 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0616 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2666 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19953 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 390.86294 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.039 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02447 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01905 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.09684 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12863 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 57.20812 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.07243 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.82351 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42558 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.46544 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12309 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92112 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21712 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25865 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3441 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52519 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01653 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0399 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01467 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01471 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08578 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91761 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 173.50644 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14337 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9752 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15244 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45638 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12402 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19621 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.08551 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.17844 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0682 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26328 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.78407 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 667.88363 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04705 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48653 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1829 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01386 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33715 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.73877 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.09352 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.57126 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.9875 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00589 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01601 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.51054 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 161.47403 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.39672 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99785 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.29988 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25908 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05952 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01212 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02662 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18372 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33809 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.01269 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.59117 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.89145 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.157 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.04803 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65892 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3034 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.98223 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37125 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0823 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25884 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.89184 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59176 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15391 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0285 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02714 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00751 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06338 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06228 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05076 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07005 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 109.88871 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07106 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07576 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11582 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.21398 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07321 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15248 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26667 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13003 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15841 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02638 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01468 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43354 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.77001 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.91371 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 405.15812 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17083 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.05428 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25884 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64526 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04826 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04364 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07093 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13039 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58821 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.69387 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51738 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.10504 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57321 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.77469 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19475 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 443.49862 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03026 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0495 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83639 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05271 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.75752 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96193 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.87895 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.259 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 101.31784 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0656 Zimbabwe dollar

Authentic vs synthetic

Each one of us has at least three persona: the person we think we are. The person others think we are. And the person God knows we are. 

I guess most of us have an ideal person in mind who we, more or less, like to be. Some call it a role model. An idol. A success icon, perhaps. Consciously or not, we pattern our thinking, behavior, values, and appearance on this ideal person. You could probably say we become some sort of a clone. A replica. Variations of the same theme. We mimic the mindset, vocabulary, possessions, habits, even the wardrobe and predilections  of the person we admire. 

That’s well and good, of course, if we happen to choose the right person, the right model to follow. And if we maintain our distinct personality, preserve our own personal uniqueness, in the process of following someone’s footsteps. 

 We sometimes wear masks to hide our flaws, our depravities, our limitations, our hideous dark side. It’s a tiring exercise -- this always wanting to mask our insecurities and hollow pride by being “plastic,” seamlessly synthetic, and cleverly prettified by cosmetic surgery. 

This reminds me so much of the legendary Kabuki players of Japan. We, too, wear masks that hardly deviate from the range of emotions and genre we want to project. We make exaggerated gestures that transform us into caricatures of the person we’d like to be. In the process, we interact with the world as if everyone were just our audience. Not real people who deserve to interact with our real selves. 

We perform, we connect, only so we can be admired, or at the very least, respected for our craft. Ergo, we diligently hone our performance day after day, sticking to the script in our minds, hiding our true selves behind masks which we think will protect us, beautify us, or hide our shame and unbelievable lack of delight in ourselves. We become experts at incredible duplicity. Until the audience finally tires of us, hastily collects their things, and head for home. Leaving us with no audience. 

Tell me, what would you be thinking, what would you be doing, what would you be wearing, what would you be eating -- if most everyone you liked or looked up to, just vanished into thin air one day? No more audience. No more reason to impress. No more reason to fabricate a façade. Would that change your performance? 

To be authentic is to throw away the mask, once and for all. It means we become real about our strengths and weaknesses. It means we don’t oversell ourselves and parade ourselves to be more intelligent, more knowledgeable, more moneyed, more “successful” than we really are. It means we’re truthful about our rank, position, social status and net worth. It means we don’t exaggerate our importance in anything. It means when we talk to others, we don’t just talk about how great everything is in our lives, how brilliant our kids are, how brilliant WE are because we just closed a big contract. It means we also spill the beans on how we made horrendous, stupid mistakes that will take us years to live down. How we just can’t potty train our kids early enough, or make them say more than one word a day at age three.

It means we say “I can’t eat there. I can’t afford it,” when our friends want to eat somewhere out of our budget range. It means we can say, “No, I don’t know much about that. I think so-and-so knows a lot more than me, so he’s the best person to send to Geneva.” It means we stop pretending that we know it all, and instead, admit that we don’t know all that much. 

Tell me, what have you got to lose if you admit that you’re not near-perfect? What have you got to lose if others know that you’re not as intelligent nor as rich nor as successful as they are, or as you’d like to be? What have you got to lose if you’ll never be as intelligent, as beautiful, as rich and successful as you want to be? It’s not wrong to have ambitions. Just have the right ones. 

You might be surprised how people will like you, love you, respect and admire you more if you just gave them a chance to see you as you really are. The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” God doesn’t make junk. We’re the ones who make junk of ourselves! 

I once had a very synthetic personality. On top of that, I could change colors like a chameleon, blending with my environment and ingratiating myself to the people around me so that I’d be accepted and admired by my friends, bosses and workmates. I thought that it would help me go up the corporate ladder faster. I became an expert at cosmetizing my obvious defects. 

But God had a fantastic surprise for me. He gave me amazing friends at my workplace! He gave me a group of co-managers who were real. Authentic. Honest about their strengths and weaknesses, their victories and failures, their doubts and fears. They didn’t try to appear flawless or invincible. They didn’t try to win by intimidation, pretense, ingratiation, or getting your sympathy. They were just REAL. Authentic. And they taught me how to find my real self. How to become real to them, and eventually, to others. My husband and children were the first to benefit from this. 

You don’t have to be exceptionally brave to be real. You just have to be honest. Truthful. Humble. And you have to overcome your fears -- your fear of rejection, humiliation, your fear of being marginalized, devalued or ignored. 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Give justice to the splendid person that God designed you to be. Become the best version of the person He created you to be! 

The secret is this: imitate Jesus Christ. No matter how great or how inferior you think you are, when you imitate Christ, He will give you excellent balance and perspective. You will see how wonderful you are -- only because God loves you. You  will see how wretched you are, hence, you don’t deserve to be loved -- but He loves you still. 

And that, dear fellow human beings, is why you can afford to be real and authentic.
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