First Mass in the Philippines*

NHCP Photo Collection

NHCP Photo Collection
First Mass at Limasawa by Carlos "Botong" Francisco (National Museum)

Location: Limasawa Shrine, Southern Leyte (Region VIII)
Category: Sites/Events
Type: Site
Status: National Historical Landmark

Marker Date: 1950
Marker Text:
FIRST MASS IN THE PHILIPPINES

CELEBRATED HERE ON EASTER SUNDAY, 31 MARCH 1521, WHEN MAGELLAN LANDED ON THIS ISLAND OF LIMASAWA ON HIS VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD. EARLY IN THE MORNING MAGELLAN SENT ASHORE PRIEST PEDRO DE VALDERAMA WITH MEN TO PREPARE A MASS AND TO INFORM RAJAH KOLAMBU, THROUGH AN INTERPRETER THAT HE AND HIS MEN WOULD LAND TO ATTEND. THE RAJAH SHOWED CONSENT BY SENDING GIFTS. AS MAGELLAN AND HIS MEN APPROACHED THE SHORE A SALVO OF SIX GUNS WAS FIRED AS A SIGN OF PEACE. RAJAHS KOLAMBU AND SI-AGU EACH EMBRACED MAGELLAN FLANKED HIM AND TOGETHER WITH THE SAILORS, THEY MARCHED TO THE PLACE OF WORSHIP. DURING THE MASS THE RAJAHS REMAINED ON THEIR KNEES WITH CLASPED HANDS; AT THE ELEVATION THE SHIPS FIRED ALL THEIR ARTILLERY IN RESPONSE TO MUSKET SIGNAL FROM THE SHORE.


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