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Early Maps of the Philippines

Not many libraries mount exhibits that make it into the newspapers. But the Rizal Library has done it again.

From "Belgians map the Philippines" by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 March 2005):

The Kingdom of Belgium, in celebration of its 175 years of Independence, and the Juana Madriaga Garcia-Natividad Galang Fajardo Collection provide a gem of an exhibit featuring the "rare treat of viewing not one but five different editions of the earliest separately printed maps of the Philippines," writes Leovino Ma. Garcia, dean of Ateneo's School of Humanities in the show catalog.
It's interesting that one of the references cited at the end of the article is Philippine Cartography 1320-1898 by Carlos Quirino. The book is said to be "the must-read, must-have for Philippine map collectors!" Quirino was director of the National Library from 1962-1966.

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