The airmen and women of the Philippine Air Force witnessed on Friday morning, August 25, the ceremonial turnover of the 1734 Murillo-Velarde Map of the Philippines (Carta Hydrographica Y Chorographica De La Yslas Filipinas, Manila, 1734) which is regarded by historians as the “mother of all Philippine maps.” This first scientific map of the Philippines was prepared by Spanish Jesuit Friar Pedro Murillo Velarde togetherwith two Filipinos – Francisco Suarez, who drew the map, and Nicolas dela Cruz, who engraved it. Represented by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Velarde Inc and AIJC, Mr Mel Velasco Velarde donated the large-format map replica to the PAF through the Office of Historical and Cultural Activities. This donation serves as Mr Velarde’s gift to every Filipino people. He believes that the “ownership of the map is every Filipino’s birth right.” This initiative is also part of a public awareness campaign on the map and its significance to the country’s cultural and historical heritage. The replica map will be displayed in the PAF Aerospace Museum and will be open for public viewing.