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  • 2 of 15 PH Celebrates Golden Anniversary of ASEAN with Grandeur and Festivity

    PH Celebrates Golden Anniversary of ASEAN with Grandeur and Festivity

  • 3 of 15 Para sa hosting, para sa bayan, Laban! Secretary Cayetano is Chair of SEA Games 2019 Organizing Committe

    Para sa hosting, para sa bayan, Laban! Secretary Cayetano is Chair of SEA Games 2019 Organizing Committe

  • 4 of 15 Welcome Remarks of HON. ALAN PETER S. CAYETANO Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM), 5 August 2017

    Welcome Remarks of HON. ALAN PETER S. CAYETANO Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM), 5 August 2017

  • 5 of 15 ASEAN Senior Officials Meet

    ASEAN Senior Officials Meet

  • 6 of 15 ASEAN Foreign Minister's Meeting Opening Ceremonies

    ASEAN Foreign Minister's Meeting Opening Ceremonies

  • 7 of 15 Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith is on Official Visit to the Philippines, 12-14 July 2017, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

    Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith is on Official Visit to the Philippines, 12-14 July 2017, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

  • 8 of 15 Philippines Receives Two New Surveillance Aircrafts from the US

    Philippines Receives Two New Surveillance Aircrafts from the US

  • 9 of 15 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Visits Manila

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Visits Manila

  • 10 of 15 Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education Signed Between the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education Signed Between the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • 11 of 15  PH Hosts Forum on ASEAN Connectivity, Calls for MPAC 2025 Effective Implementation

     PH Hosts Forum on ASEAN Connectivity, Calls for MPAC 2025 Effective Implementation

  • 12 of 15 Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano Discusses Ph-EU Relations with EEAS Managing Director Gunnar Wiegand

    Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano Discusses Ph-EU Relations with EEAS Managing Director Gunnar Wiegand

  • 13 of 15 Joint Statement Trilateral Meeting on Security Among the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia

    Joint Statement Trilateral Meeting on Security Among the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia

  • 14 of 15 Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN Holds Meeting

    Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN Holds Meeting

  • 15 of 15 DFA Spearheads Series of Activities in Celebration of the International Humanitarian Law Day

    DFA Spearheads Series of Activities in Celebration of the International Humanitarian Law Day

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No Filipinos Hurt in Italy Quake 22 August 2017 - The Department of Foreign Affairs today reported that no Filipinos were among the victims of an earthquake that struck a southern Italian island on...

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Phil Embassy in Doha Launches Art Exhibit on Buwan ng Wika A student participant shows her entry to Philippine  Ambassador Alan Timbayan (Photo by Imelda Enrile). 13 August 2017 - In celebration of the...

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PHL Condoles with India, Nepal over Deadly Floods, Landslides 15 August 2017 — The Filipino people extended their sympathies to Nepal and India after devastating floods and landslides in both countries...

Special Exhibit of the 1734 Murillo-Velarde Map

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07 June 2017 - Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano received an official replica of the priceless Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica de la Yslas Filipinas Manila 1734, also known as the Murillo-Velarde map, which is regarded as the “mother of all Philippine maps.” Philanthropist Mr. Mel Velarde Velasco turned over to the Secretary the official replica in a simple ceremony at the Office of the Secretary, DFA Building on May 30.

Considered as the “holy grail” of Philippine cartography, the 1734 Murillo-Velarde map shows the entire Philippine archipelago in such detail that it is regarded as the first ever scientific map of the Philippines. The map was named after the Spanish Jesuit friar Pedro Murillo Velarde who prepared it with the help of two Filipinos, Mr. Francisco Suarez, who drew the map, and Mr. Nicolas dela Cruz Bagay, who engraved it.

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The original Murillo-Velarde Map was unveiled at the Carlos P. Romulo Library of the DFA on May 30. Undersecretary Enrique A. Manalo, Undersecretary Linglingay F. Lacanlale, Assistant Secretary Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, other officers and staff of the DFA, members of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of other Government agencies joined the opening of this special exhibit of the 1734 Murillo-Velarde Map. END

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