2021, March 16. The Murillo Velarde Map of the Philippines
Discovery of the Philippines by Ferdinand Magellan, 500th
Printed by Enschede of the Nethrlands
Souvenir Sheets of 13
Velarde Map - Souveneir Sheet
First Day Covers:
The Murillo Velarde Map of the Philippines
Commemorating the Discovery of the Philippines by Ferdinand
Magellan, 500th Anniversary
The Murillo Velarde 1734 Map Souvenir Sheet is presented by the
Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) as its commemorative
issuance for the Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines
Each souvenir sheet contains the main chart of the Philippine
archipelago as compiled by Jesuit priest Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde
from indigenous knowledge, accounts of fellow Jesuit friars, and
previous cartographic references. The imagery of the map was
rendered by indio Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay, an engraver and printer
for the Jesuits. This stamp measures 102 mm x 180 mm. The left and
right panels of 40 mm by 30 mm stamps contain the tarjetones
engraved by Tagalog native Francisco Suarez.
This material is the synthesis of
history, art, and culture - three aspects of Filipino identity which
the Philippine postal service actively emboldens.
Its contribution to the history of
maritime trade is exemplified by the numerous instances this exact
map was copied and used as reference by succeeding mapmakers. The
skill necessary to produce illustrations, engravings artfully,
precisely rendered on what scholars regard as the “first
scientifically based map” of the archipelago must be recognized.
Lastly, it is a memorialization of our identity, our way of life; of
Filipino ingenuity, indigenous knowledge, and humanity.
The Murillo Velarde 1734 Map
definitively reiterates ownership not only of our physical
territories but also of skills, intellect, and artistry that have
been inherent in every Filipino.
Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak