December 18, 2017, 6:41 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07288 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24593 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03533 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34712 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03533 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0397 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63815 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03288 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 34.75546 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02675 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13617 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06539 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2763 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20411 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.3799 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03965 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02552 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.62406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13118 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.40849 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.184 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.86245 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43364 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50992 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12575 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94204 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28011 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26427 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35252 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5391 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01689 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04119 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01488 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0149 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08949 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93628 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.61016 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14561 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01171 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15502 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46602 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24851 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.30468 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.45216 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0697 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27173 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.50139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 706.60975 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09111 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47122 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01404 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23456 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04347 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38392 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.89281 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.1582 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.86423 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.58495 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01628 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65919 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.78761 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88289 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0389 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48432 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26141 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.33869 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03414 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.03454 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.15403 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15967 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.9869 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67209 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30905 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.16276 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37963 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08094 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2608 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.10599 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60838 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03573 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02839 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00762 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06535 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06434 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17745 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07099 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.57205 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07225 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07797 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1679 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.58892 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07443 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15358 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26852 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13219 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16899 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02675 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01489 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44077 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.44898 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.09567 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 413.80507 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17368 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.22191 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26054 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6449 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04961 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04557 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07666 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13159 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5944 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30329 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54875 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.55617 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57046 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.57959 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.198 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.55577 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09845 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05144 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.07165 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05359 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.49782 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00337 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.96129 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26079 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.00714 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18341 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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