Is the 1-million barya challenge possible? Khatrina Bonagua for
Nov 30, 2017
Their technique: to save and keep every coin that they have at the end of each day.

Remember the woman behind the P50 Savings Challenge that we featured and went viral six months ago?


Looks like Yona Abella has moved on from keeping 50-peso bills and is now aiming to do a bigger savings dare: the 1-Million Barya Challenge.

In a now trending post, Yona, along with her partner Kit Cunanan, shared on Facebook their "Walang Isang Million Kung Walang Barya" savings progress.

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Their technique: to save and keep every coin that they have at the end of each day.

"Tandaan natin na kahit maliit na halaga ay napakalaki na, dahil walang taong makakabuo ng isang million kung wala ang barya," Yona said in the post.

"Ang challenge namin ay kada pag-uwi sa bahay ay maghuhulog sa alakansya lahat ng barya na meron kami (as in lahat ng amount ng barya)," she added. "Di man ito gaano kalaki, at least we save para mabili namin ang gusto namin na gamit. Lahat tayo pwedeng gawin ito, try niyo na."

In an interview with, Yona shared that they have already saved a total of P5,000 in coins alone.

They started it six months ago, right after the P50 Saving Challenge.

Meanwhile, some netizens are concerned about this challenge.

One commenter hilariously said: "Kaya candy na lang panukli kasi nasa sa inyo lahat ng barya!"

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There's currently no law about limiting the number of coins being kept by a person.

There is, however, a pending senate bill filed by Sen. Sergio Osmena III last 2014, titled "Anti-Hoarding Of Philippine Legal Tender Coins Act."

This bill exempts those keeping their coins in piggy banks, jars, drawers, and purses, though BSP is yet to determine the maximum amount of coins a person is allowed to keep.

As for the negative commenters, no need to worry about coin shortage, as the couple is planning to put their savings in a bank so the coins will still circulate.

"Walang isang million kung walang piso; di mabubuo ang isang million kung walang barya.

"Ang ibig naming sabihin ay maliit man ang ipon mo ngayon, barya-barya man yan, malaki ang pwede patunguhan niyan, basta determinado kayong mag-save."

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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