First Mass in The Philippines

The first mass in the Philippines was on Easter Sunday March 31, 1521 in an island named Mazaua by eyewitnesses Antonio Pigafetta, Ginés de Mafra, Francisco Albo, the Genoese pilot, and Martín de Ayamonte, at a location widely—and mistakenly—believed to be Limasawa, a town islet to the tip of Southern Leyte province. Because of this widespread mistaken belief, Limasawa is often said to be the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country.

The historical event, viewed largely in its religious context in the Philippines but more comprehensively in its global context as a fleeting episode of the 1,081-day circumnavigation of the world, came to pass when Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his Armada de Molucca of three sailing ships, landed in the western port of the island of Mazaua.

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