May 21, 2018, 1:10 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07026 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05873 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03425 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46453 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02544 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03405 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03826 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.60723 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0317 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.49876 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01913 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02542 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13124 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07071 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01913 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2952 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18932 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 383.01129 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03822 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02451 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.10044 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12185 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 55.53664 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.74517 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01913 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78535 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41378 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39105 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12057 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94701 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21703 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25324 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33977 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52037 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01619 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03941 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01415 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08822 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89669 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.1829 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14035 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.96537 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15017 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45456 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11944 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.20911 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.13067 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 270.32715 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06863 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30065 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.65162 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 803.52018 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99541 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.38971 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01355 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12078 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9141 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.31014 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 77.4823 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.95542 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.21829 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.58408 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00578 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01569 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.27415 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 159.05873 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.79281 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0199 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.55519 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24106 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05833 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01187 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02592 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18009 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31752 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9912 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.82743 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.91544 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15467 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.77253 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65812 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29788 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.65028 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37609 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07594 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2393 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.84905 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60003 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15524 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07193 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02769 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00736 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01913 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06261 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06237 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21159 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06942 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 107.26994 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06963 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07496 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18388 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.19304 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07174 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14965 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25694 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34351 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16686 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02567 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42483 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.22518 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.771 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 396.71513 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1674 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.85231 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23938 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61427 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04806 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04443 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0851 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12721 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57216 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.52401 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5001 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.05414 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01913 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58772 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 153.05146 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1335.85231 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 435.89057 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09853 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04966 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.60895 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05165 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.60895 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92175 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.78095 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23941 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.28257 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.92367 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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