|Municipality of Limasawa|
Map of Southern Leyte with Limasawa highlighted
|Region||Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)|
|Barangays||6 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Melchor Palero Petracorta|
|• Vice Mayor||Sim Balane Olojan|
|• Electorate||4,071 voters (2016)|
|• Total||6.98 km2 (2.69 sq mi)|
|• Density||870/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)53|
|Climate type||Tropical rainforest climate|
|Income class||6th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||34,514,380.48 (2016)|
|Native languages||Boholano dialect|
It is the smallest municipality in the province, in both area and population. Located at an island of the same name, 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.
Limasawa is famous as it is believed to be the site of the first mass in Philippine soil, officiated on Easter Sunday of March 31, 1521 by Father Pedro de Valderrama under the fleet of Ferdinand Magellan. The island is one of the early Pacific contact sites between the East and the West.
Limasawa is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.
- San Agustin (Tawid)
- San Bernardo (Tigib)
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority |
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- referred to in travel accounts of Antonio Pigafetta as "Mazaua"
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- Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
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