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Menchie Abalos receives copy of ‘mother’ of all PH maps

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Mandaluyong Mayor Menchie Abalos recently received a fax copy of the 1734 Murillo Velarde map, which is called the “Mother of All Philippine Maps.”

Businessman Mel Velarde turned over a copy of the map to Abalos at simple ceremonies at the city hall.

Joining the mayor at the event were City Cultural Officer Nolan Angles at City Legal Officer Jerusha Villanueva.

In a Facebook post, Abalos stressed the importance of having a copy of the map, which Velarde won at an international auction.

“Ang nasabing mapa ang naging susi sa pagpapanalo ng ating bansa laban sa pag-angkin ng pag-aari ng China sa West Philippine Sea o tinaguriang South China Sea sa pagdinig na naganap sa The Hague noong 2016,” she said.