December 17, 2017, 4:10 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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00748 Bahraini Dinar
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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06051 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01232 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02704 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1878 Moroccan Dirham
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

Travesty

The dictionary defines the word “travesty” as “a false, absurd, distorted, or grotesque representation of something or someone... A cheap mockery of something or someone serious... A debased or grossly inferior imitation.” 

That’s a combination of definitions by Oxford, Cambridge, Collins, and Merriam. I would add other adjectives to put more flesh to the word travesty: crass, crude, vulgar and unimaginative. I’m sure there are other variations of the same ugly theme. 

When we make a travesty of the values, beliefs, traditions, and things that people hold dear, we dishonor them and literally throw muck at their faces. We demean and debase them. We attempt to drag them down to the gutter, and slam their faces into the filth and mud -- the filth and mud of our own depravities. 

But the huge irony is this -- the one who makes a travesty of something noble or beautiful actually sinks deeper and deeper into the mire of his own vulgarity and shamelessness. 

Since doing this is such a losing proposition, why do people even resort to travesty? What could bring such pitiful individuals to such sordid depths --making a travesty of justice, a travesty of democracy, a travesty of heroism? I can think of a number of reasons. 

One is crass and unadulterated arrogance rising from a cesspool of insecurity. Yes. The greater the need for recognition, the bigger the insecurity. Remember that. 

When a horribly insecure or untalented person knows that he cannot ever become the much-admired and highly-esteemed person that he longs to be, then he makes a travesty -- he fabricates a cheap replica, an ill-contrived, grotesque imitation -- of the person he wants to be! Much like creating a clumsy, silly, bumbling Frankenstein that pretends to be a human being but doesn’t even have the talent to scare or impress anyone. Truly a pathetic attempt at being a human being. 

Another reason why people make a travesty of something noble and good is because they have no personal sense of integrity, morality, or basic human decency in the first place. Perhaps they were raised in an environment devoid of decency or honesty. Perhaps they were surrounded by sycophants, by hypocrisy and duplicity. Perhaps  their parents (or figures of authority) were -- from the very start -- evil, corrupt, greedy, scheming, shameless, heartless, brutal and cruel that they, the spawns, grew up to be clones of their parents. They, too, are calloused and immune to anything decent, humane, or just. Thus, as adults, they habitually make a travesty of anything decent, humane, or just. Just like their parents. A curse that could be transferred to many generations. God forbid.  

Just imagine -- if you grew up on a diet of lies and thievery then you are, most probably, repulsed by whatever is true and honest -- like heroism, for example. You may long for it, but you don’t even recognize it because you’ve never seen it up close. Nor were you taught what a real hero stands for. Of course, this isn’t an excuse for your reprehensible, shameless behavior. Rather, it’s an explanation of why you are totally clueless about what a real hero looks like. 

Another reason why some people resort to travesty is because they use it to grab power and wield it wantonly -- while they can. They intimidate with great speed and efficiency -- to shock and silence others into submission, to widen and maximize their control. 

It’s like a thug with a ragtag army that’s suddenly let loose in a hapless, unsuspecting neighborhood that’s totally unprepared for such raw, brutal  ruthlessness. Thugs make a travesty of justice, and they brazenly disrespect the rights of others just because they CAN. And because those who can stop them DO NOT -- out of fear or personal gain. 

At the end of the day, making a travesty of something or someone noble and good never works. It eventually backfires. 

The more brazen and shameless the travesty is, the deeper it buries the perpetrators into ignominy and shame. Their names and reputations will be tarnished, forever held in contempt and disdain. Or they’re completely forgotten. 

God, in his sovereignty and perfect wisdom, allows the most despicable and dishonorable men to “prosper and succeed” in this life for a season, and for reasons known only to  his perfect wisdom and intellect.

His ways are not our ways. We can never fathom his purposes for allowing evil, poverty, sickness, and injustice in our world. 

Maybe it’s to bring us to our knees, in complete submission to Him. Maybe it’s to serve as an example of how we should never treat others -- that’s why He allows us to suffer the pain of being mistreated and abused. Maybe it’s to show us our own sinfulness, to erase any trace of self-righteousness in ourselves -- to make us realize that put in the same circumstances, we might be capable of the same excesses (or worse), and we must therefore guard our hearts diligently against such evil and heartlessness.  Whatever God’s reasons are for allowing evil in our world, there will always be serious, painful, eternal consequences for those of us who insist on inflicting evil, harm, injustice, and abuse to our fellowmen. 

Be warned. God says, “The LORD makes everything go as He pleases. He has even prepared a day of disaster for evil people.” (Proverbs 16:4) 

At the end of the day, no one gets away with anything. No one ever gets off the hook -- not God’s.
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