The Philippine Navy, on July 6, received an official replica of the 1734 Murillo Velarde Map. The said map is considered as the ‘Mother of all Philippine Maps’.
The replica was turned over by Mr. Mel V. Velarde Chairman of Velarde Inc. and Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication to Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Allan V. Cusi.
Murillo Velarde Map supports the claim of the Philippines on the disputed territories in West Philippine Sea. It was first published in 1734 in Manila by Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde, a Jesuit priest.
The most useful feature of the map is includes “Bajo de Masinloc” and “Panacot” – now known as Panatag or Scarborough Shoal.
“This simple turnover ceremony of the Philippine map replica will be a manifestation of our sovereignty and will be displayed in a prominent and conspicuous area in the Headquarters to serve as a reminder of our country’s sovereign territorial rights,” the Philippine Navy said.
“Essentially, this map was acquired during an auction event in the United Kingdom through auction by Sotheby in 2014,” the Navy added. “The original artifact of the above mentioned map was donated by Mr. Velarde to the Philippine Government through the office of the Solicitor General.”