Historical Facts, Historical Lies, and Historical Rights in the West Philippine Sea on February 21 at the Lopez Museum and Library

Lopez Museum and Library together with the Institute for Maritime and Ocean Affairs welcomes Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio as he presents a historical perspective and legal basis of the Philippine claim on Scarborough Shoal, one of the features of the contested West Philippine Sea, tomorrow, February 21, 2015 (Saturday) from 2 to 4 p.m.

The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground which highlights 21 antiquarian maps dating back from the 1500 to the 1800s from the library collection.


These maps were drawn by Western cartographers presenting significant areas within the Philippine territory, which consistently included the Scarborough Shoal, also known as Panacot or Bajo de Masinloc. (Right photo depicts a map by cartographer Jean Baptiste Bourguignon in 1786, showing the location of the disputed area).

Justice Carpio, who chairs the Supreme Court’s Second Division and the Senate Electoral Tribunal, penned the Supreme Court's decision pertaining to the constitutionality of the Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law of 2009. Baselines are the basis of maritime boundaries and jurisdiction of neighboring coastal States.


The lecture is free to the public. Gourmet Farms Inc. will also serve freshly brewed coffee during the lecture.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5p.m., except holidays. For information and registration, call Thea or Tina at 631-2417.

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