BACOLOD CITY—A licensed pilot from Sipalay City, Negros Occidental was recogized by the local government for taking the photo of the Philippine Eagle that was printed on the new P1,000 bill.
In a press statement on Friday, May 13, the Office of the Mayor of Sipalay City lauded Floyd Pison Bermejo, also a wildlife photographer and a conservationist.
Bermejo grew up in Barangay San Jose, Sipalay City and is the son of a mines’ employee in the village.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently released what it described as a “smarter, cleaner and stronger polymer” P1,000 bill in response to pressing public health and safety concerns due to COVID-19.
The most noticeable part of the latest banknote is the iconic image of the Philippine Eagle, replacing the photos of national heroes Jose Abad Santos, Vicente Lim, and Josefa Llanes Escoda on the obverse side, the BSP said.
Bermejo said he started bird-hunting with his father in the mountains of Sipalay for food. Now, he does bird-hunting with a different weapon: a camera.
He said he wanted to show the people how important it is to protect the wildlife.
Bermejo hoped that through his photos, people will be aware of what is happening and help save these creatures.
The iconic image of the Philippine Eagle was taken at the Philippine Eagle Center in Mindanao in 2017. The BSP asked to use the photo and Bermejo gave it to the BSP for free.