The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok joins the national celebration of Maritime and Archipelagic Nations Awareness Month (MANA Mo) in September 2023.
This year’s national theme for the MANA Mo celebration is “Kapuluan, Kabuluhan, Kaunlaran” (Archipelago, Meaning and Development) to underline the essence of the archipelagic nation’s unique identity and highlight the crucial role its marine resources play in the path towards sustainable development.
To further expand on this year’s national theme, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFFA) adopts the subtheme: “Setting sail for sustainability: Ocean sciences for the archipelagic Philippines” to align with the Philippines’ commitment to the United Nations Decade. United Nations of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development, highlighting the fundamental role of ocean sciences in promoting national interests.
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On the occasion of MANA Mo 2023, the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok inaugurated a special exhibition in the Consular Section of the Embassy with a print of the “Carta Hidroográfico De Las Yslas Filipinas Manila” (1734). Popularly known as the “Murillo Velarde Map”, historians consider it the “Mother of all Philippine Maps” and the first scientific map of the Philippines, prepared by the Spanish Jesuit Fray Pedro Murillo Velarde together with two Filipinos: Francis Suárez, who drew the map, and Nicolás dela Cruz Bagay, who engraved it.
This year’s national theme for MANA Mo celebration is “Kapuluan, Kabuluhan, Kaunlaran” (Archipelago, Meaning and Development)
Complementing the exhibition of the Murillo Velarde Map, the 2021 documentary “Yaman sa Kailaliman: West Philippine Sea” produced by the Biodiversity Management Office of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be screened. The documentary presents the fishery wealth, marine biodiversity and ecological services that the West Philippine Sea provides to the Philippine archipelago, as demonstrated by marine scientific research carried out in the area in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The documentary can be viewed online on YouTube .