The Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS) was established in 2007 by a small group of enthusiasts in Manila for collectors of antique maps and prints in the Philippines. Membership of the society, is open to anyone interested in collecting, analysing or appreciating historical maps, charts, prints, paintings, photographs, postcards and books of the Philippines.
PHIMCOS, a non-stock, non-profit organization, is committed to disseminating its members’ enthusiasm for maps and prints, and to educating the public about the importance of cartography.
PHIMCOS holds quarterly general meetings, at which there are two or three presentations on maps, cartographers, and relevant Philippine history. Members and guests also discuss cartographic news, show each other new acquisitions and other items of interest, and are informed of administrative matters (decided at separate meetings of the board of trustees).
A major focus for PHIMCOS is the arrangement of exhibitions, lectures and other events designed to educate the public about the importance of cartography as a way of learning both the geography and the history of the Philippines. The society and its members have sponsored and provided the material for a series of exhibitions arranged in partnership with major museums in Manila. In conjunction with the exhibitions, PHIMCOS and the host museum also arrange guided tours, school visits, and lectures on related topics given by well-known experts and scholars.
PHIMCOS also works with Philippine and international 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. PHIMCOS also corresponds with and/or arranges visits to local and international institutions.
An activity about which PHIMCOS is particularly proud is its Roving Exhibition Program, designed to increase public awareness of cartography. In events organized in different schools and universities around the country, students and their professors can see reproductions of important maps of Southeast Asia and the Philippines dating from 1525 to 1898, accompanied by important related historical information.
Mariano M. Cacho, Jr., Chairman Emeritus
Jaime C. González, President
Martha Isabel O. Periquet, Vice President
Margarita V. Binamira, Secretary
Vicente S. Pérez, Treasurer
Andoni F. Aboitiz
Edwin R. Bautista
Felice Noelle Rodriguez
Hans B. Sicat
Hans Sicat – Chairman
Martha Isabel Periquet