Historical Atlas of the Republic: Free Philippine history resource
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The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), a government agency mandated to preserve the institutional memory of the Office of the President, has published the Historical Atlas of the Republic. Available in PDF and EPUB formats, the Historical Atlas of the Republic charts the historical, political, and economic developments of the Philippines from the prehistoric times to the present. You may download a free copy of the Historic Atlas of the Republic of the Philippines from this link.
At 124 pages, the Historical Atlas of the Republic is full of highlights, but it is neither in-depth nor exhaustive. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; the historical atlas is not intended to be a comprehensive record of the Philippines’ past. What I find mildly annoying is that the maps are appended at the end of the document, instead of side-by-side the events that refer to them. Flipping back and forth between the maps and pertinent events in a e-book can get tedious pretty quickly. All in all, I have to give it to the PCDSPO for producing a concise, visually appealing and thoroughly researched account of Philippine history.
The EPUB version of the Historical Atlas of the Republic of the Philippines is practically unreadable. There are no spaces between words, some text appear garbled, and the maps do not show at all. The PCDSPO should look into this because quite a number of people, myself included, prefer to read books in EPUB format.
The PCDSPO is headed by writer and history buff Manual Luis “Manolo” Quezon III, who happens to be the grandson of the Second President of the Philippines. I’d like to believe it was Quezon’s love for history that got the ball rolling for the historical atlas project. Quezon’s personal blog is a treasure trove of historical geekery, personal soliloquy, and political punditry. I recommend paying his blog a visit from time to time for a rewarding reading experience.