The Philippine Air Force today received an official replica of the 1734 Murillo-Velarde Map of the Philippines (Carta Hydrographica Y Chorographica De La Yslas Filipinas, Manila, 1734) also known as “mother of all Philippine maps”.
“This first scientific map of the Philippines was prepared by Spanish Jesuit Friar Pedro Murillo Velarde together with two Filipinos – Francisco Suarez, who drew the map, and Nicolas dela Cruz, who engraved it,” the Air Force said.
The said map supports the claim of the Philippines on the disputed territories in West Philippine Sea.
The most useful feature of the map is includes “Bajo de Masinloc” and “Panacot” – now known as Panatag or Scarborough Shoal.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Velarde Inc and AIJC, Mr Mel Velasco Velarde believes that the “ownership of the map is every Filipino’s birth right.”
“The replica map will be displayed in the PAF Aerospace Museum and will be open for public viewing,” the Air Force said.
In July, the Philippine Navy also received a replica of the said map.