Exhibits of arts, old coins and banknotes; seminar-workshop on financial literacy and features of the Philippine currency; and currency exchange are part of the lined-up activities of the first ever held CAHSS Festival 2019 in Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC). 

It is a month-long celebration of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) in February to promote its various advocacies to its students, the ZCSPC community and Zamboanga City. 

The exhibits were opened for public viewing on February 18 to 22, 2019 while the seminars were scheduled on the opening day only at the Session Hall of the ZCSPC Medical-Dental Building.


Art Exhibit

The creative works of the students extend as far as their imagination can reach.

The different kinds of art works of the Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Industrial Design students of ZCSPC were showcased in an exhibit to acknowledge their outputs as well as be appreciated by the public.

 The featured artworks were Bamboo Lampshade Art, Ripped Jeans Art, Upcycling Paper and Plastic Art, Sculpture Paper Art, and Recycled Plastic Art.

Exposure of the BFA-ID students and their art works is not just a way of building their confidence in presenting to the public what they do best – such as the on-the-spot interview of a first year BFA-ID student Ma. Jasmine P. Ayos by a TV Patrol Chavacano reporter Noning Antonio –  but more importantly, to advocate the concept of sharing their arts with hope to inspire others.




Seminars on the features of the Philippine currency and financial literacy were discussed by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Zamboanga Branch officers Noelle Angela W. Pamaran, Senior Research Specialist, and Hermogenes A. Buenaflor, Jr., Bank Officer II.  The seminars were sponsored by the BSP in partnership with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Features of the Philippine Currency
This learning session discussed the salient features of our New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes and coins which equipped the participants with information and tips on identifying genuine from counterfeit money while learning, as well as appreciating, the details on our present currencies which we usually ignore.

Provisions of our law on the abuse of our currencies were also discussed; a very informative topic which also served as a warning to all participants of the corresponding punishment/s per offense committed

Financial Literacy Seminar
The afternoon session was an eye opener to all participants on the aspect of financial management after undergoing a workshop using the form Gabay sa Pagbudget at Pagplano (Guide to Budgeting and Planning).  The result of the workshop showed that almost all participants barely have savings or none at all after doing a guided computation of their income (allowance for students) and expenses.  To cope up with this shocking realities, especially for students, the resource speakers discussed some tips and guidelines.


to follow for a better personal financial management such as “living within our means” and “living below our means” by adhering to the formula “income (allowance) – savings = expense” instead of “income (allowance) – expenses = savings”.

Currency Exchange Service
As part of the Clean Note Policy of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), a counter was set up inside the campus near the SSC Office where BSP personnel exchanged dirty and unfit current notes (paper moneys) from the students, employees and ZCSPC canteen concessionaires and replace them with new and fit notes.



Old Coins and Banknotes Exhibit

The exhibit on old coins and banknotes, said to be the first in Zamboanga City, was conducted primarily to educate the ZCSPC students and the public of the numismatic heritage of our country featuring currencies from the different era since the coins and banknotes themselves are pieces of our history. 

Most of the collections cover Philippine currencies from the Spanish, American, Japanese, Commonwealth, Ang Bagong Lipunan eras until the present New Generation Currency (NGC). Philippine commemorative coins and world coins were also displayed in one section of the exhibit.  Other than the silver coins, odd ones like the miniature coins (with size smaller than a wrist watch battery) to the oldest ones (Roman coins) dated as far as 273A.D. and 271A.D. were also featured.

As hoped for, a number of numismatists of Zamboanga City came to visit during the five-day exhibit after it was featured in a local TV news program, the TV Patrol Chavacano, on its opening day. The exhibit also hoped to encourage some students to engage into the hobby where it is fun preserving history through our currency.

The old coins and banknotes were put together from the collections of Hayudini Indanan, Michael M. Cabiles, and Christopher A. Climaco, numismatists of Zamboanga City.