Welcome to the Philippine Map Collectors Society website. It is our pleasure to find you visiting our site, which we hope you will explore to learn more about us and what we do.
PHIMCOS was initiated in 2007 by a group of five enthusiasts in Manila who conceived the formation of the first club for map collectors in the Philippines. Membership of the Society is open to anyone interested in collecting maps, historical prints, paintings, and old photographs of the Philippines; please click here for membership information.
At the Society’s general meetings, held quarterly, members discuss club business, exchange cartographic news, and show each other items of interest. After dinner a member or invited guest will give a presentation.
PHIMCOS is committed to disseminating its members’ enthusiasm for maps and prints, and to educating the public about the importance of cartography. To this end, the Society also sponsors exhibitions, lectures and other educational events, notably a series of exhibitions arranged in partnership with major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the Yuchengco Museum.
In addition to these major exhibitions, PHIMCOS also works with museums, libraries and universities in the Philippines to provide cartographic education, assistance in identifying maps held in their collections, and advice on the restoration and archival storage of antique maps and prints.
Another activity of which we are particularly proud is our Roving Exhibition Program where we organize events in different schools and universities around the country to show their students and faculty copies of selected maps accompanied by important related historical information. The events also often feature a lecture by a well-known expert to provide the students and their professors a historical overview of the subject matter.
This website is a part of our efforts to generate increased interest in the Society and its activities. Through the website you can keep track of our latest announcements, upcoming events and exhibitions, as well as related news, articles and our journal The Murillo Bulletin which is published three times a year.