PHLPost presents 'Murillo Velarde Map Circa 1734' commemorative stamp to Pres. Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (center) is joined by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (left) in receiving the “Murillo Velarde Map Circa 1734” commemorative stamps from Postmaster General “Postman” Norman Fulgencio (Photo courtesy of PHLPost)

PASIG CITY, March 22 (PIA) -- The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has presented to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the “Murillo Velarde Map Circa 1734” commemorative stamps during a recent history event.

PHLPost’s Postmaster General “Postman” Norman Fulgencio presented the commemorative stamp to Pres. Duterte and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go during the 500th Anniversary of the Philippine Part in the First Circumnavigation of the World held at the Veterans Park Calicoan Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

According to PHLPost, the commemorative stamp is the largest souvenir sheet produced measuring 200 mm x 220 mm. It is printed using offset lithography, with special perforation and Intaglio as embellishments.

Pres. Duterte encouraged Filipinos to take part in the Quincentennial Commemorations to bring the nation’s history, culture, and traditions closer to everyone’s heart.

Five hundred years ago, in search of the East Indies and the Spice Island, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan led a Spanish expedition and discovered a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — today's Strait of Magellan. But it was the Castilian navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano who took command and completed the expedition after Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan. Elcano completed the first recorded circumnavigation of the globe, covering a distance of 14,000 leagues.

The Philippines became part of history during the circumnavigation of the Magellan-Elcano expedition that began when the expedition saw the island of Samar and anchored off the island of Suluan. (PIA NCR) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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