August 17, 2017, 5:53 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07443 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.4017 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03628 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32436 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02723 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03626 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04054 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63579 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03534 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.60377 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13904 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06579 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30624 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20692 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 405.75598 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04049 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02733 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.57175 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13799 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.59343 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.43535 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98075 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47231 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.59951 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13357 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95278 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19181 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.28109 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36583 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46433 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01797 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04244 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01572 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08685 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91021 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.75233 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1491 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.14512 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15784 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47422 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13229 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24625 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.54195 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.57844 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07211 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30521 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.93595 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 657.62059 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9771 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.6139 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23666 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0906 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38113 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.57681 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.12404 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.24078 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.6366 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00614 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01662 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.364 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 166.08836 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.51277 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.08877 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84435 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25922 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06179 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01258 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02821 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19642 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36735 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.09972 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.52331 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.27726 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16258 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.25578 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.70024 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31394 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.54094 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37863 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08672 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2604 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.52615 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59972 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17055 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08654 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02835 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00779 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06622 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06654 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11897 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0753 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 112.82935 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0738 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08196 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.14766 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.61897 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.076 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16004 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26836 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13498 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17451 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45006 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 152.00649 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.08634 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 435.85326 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17678 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.43737 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26014 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6897 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04917 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04647 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0711 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13537 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61011 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 45.17633 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53223 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.78071 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57377 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 77.82732 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20216 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 459.54601 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18241 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05201 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.77483 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05472 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.82205 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13174 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.06546 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25921 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 105.17835 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.33482 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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