Today, we at the Office of the Vice President received an official replica of the “Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica de las Yslas Filipinas Manila, 1734,” or the 1734 Murillo Velarde map.

It is one of the oldest maps of our country, crafted by a Jesuit priest, Father Pedro Murillo Velarde, together with two Filipinos, Francisco Suarez and Nicolas dela Cruz Bagay. The map shows the entire Philippine archipelago.

Mr. Mel Velasco Velarde, a Filipino technology entrepreneur and educator, acquired the original map at a Sotheby’s London auction in 2014 for 12 million pesos. He is now giving replicas to government officials and other entities as a means of preserving Philippine history.

We are thankful to Mr. Velarde, his family, and his colleagues for paying us a visit. Given its significance, this gift will surely hold a prominent place in our office.

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