What is an entertainment news article when a Philppine peso (₱) sign is interchanged with the US dollar ($) sign?
It is laden with FAKE NEWS.
Take for instance the update on earnings by local movie “Alone/Together” published by Manila broadsheet Philippine Star.
The article “What’s next for Liza Soberano?” updated fans on the earnings of the movie pairing of entertainers Soberano and Enrique Gil.
On the fourth paragraph of the article written by Jan Milo Severo published on April 10, 2019, he wrote, “Their fourth movie reached $350 million in the box office.”
If it was true, the movie should have earned the movie stakeholders of, hold your breath, ₱17.5 billion at a minimum exchange rate of $1 = ₱50.
By any standard, the movie eclipsed all any other movie ever produced by a Philippine film production company.
Except, it was not true.
The movie earned a little over 350 million, in pesos, the Philippine currency.
The error could have been made by poor proof reading.
But the error originated from the writer. He may have a hard time looking for ways how to come up writing (typing) the peso sign. He opted to write the dollar sign. How convenient.
He could have just typed either PHP, PhP, or just P.
It must be recalled that the Philippine peso “₱” symbol was added to the Unicode standard in version 3.2 and is assigned U+20B1 (₱).
The symbol can be made through word processors by typing in “20b1” and then pressing the Alt and X buttons simultaneously.
This is unique to the Philippines as the symbol used for the peso in countries like Mexico and other former colonies of Spain in the Americas is “$”.
Readers may have been wary of typographical errors and omissions by newsmedia they just move on to the next news.
Some dailies don’t bother to make correction, though.
Up until this posting, the online version of the news item is waiting for correction.
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