Philippine Banknotes: 1987 5 PISO San Lorenzo Ruiz Overprint
In 1987, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released a commemorative overprint for the canonization of Lorenzo Ruiz on October 18, 1987.
1987 5 PISO SAN LORENZO RUIZ OVERPRINT
“KANONISASYON NG PINAGPALANG LORENZO RUIZ”
(CANONIZATION OF BLESSED LORENZO RUIZ)
Image of Lorenzo Ruiz praying to Mary and depiction of his execution
“OKTUBRE 18, 1987”
- Lorenzo Ruiz was executed in Nagasaki, Japan on September 29, 1637.
- He [Ruiz] was beatified by Pope John Paul II on February 18, 1981, during the Pope’s visit to the Philippines.
- Lorenzo Ruiz’s beatification was the first ever to be held outside the Vatican.
- Lorenzo Ruiz was canonized on October 18, 1987, by the same Pope that beatified him.
- He is the first patron saint of the Philippines. The second being San Pedro Calungsod.
I bought this overprint. I don’t remember seeing any of these in circulation. I can’t say it’s a rare overprint. It might just be unpopular since the country was just starting to get back to its feet during this time. However, almost all Filipinos know Lorenzo Ruiz.