Motto: First Mass site in Asia

Map of Southern Leyte with Limasawa highlighted

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 09°56′00″N 125°04′20″E / 9.93333°N 125.07222°E / 9.93333; 125.07222Coordinates: 09°56′00″N 125°04′20″E / 9.93333°N 125.07222°E / 9.93333; 125.07222
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Southern Leyte
Congr. district Lone district of S. Leyte
Barangays 6
  Mayor Melchor Palero Petracorta
  Vice mayor Sim Balane Olojan
  Total 6.98 km2 (2.69 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
  Total 5,835
  Density 840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6618
Dialing code 53

Limasawa is a sixth class municipality and an island of the same name in the province of Southern Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 5,835 inhabitants, making it the smallest municipality in the province, both in population and area.[2][3] It lies south of Leyte, in the Mindanao or Bohol Sea. The island, also known as Sarangani Island, is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long from north to south. This is most famous for the first mass in the Philippines officiated on Easter Sunday of March 31, 1521 by Father Pedro de Valderrama under the fleet of Ferdinand Magellan.


Limasawa is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.[2]


Population census of Limasawa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 4,519    
1995 4,927+1.63%
2000 5,157+0.98%
2007 5,831+1.71%
2010 5,867+0.22%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

See also


  1. "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "Province: Southern Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Limasawa.
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