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Limasawa, officially the Municipality of Limasawa, is a 6th class municipality in the province of Southern Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 6,061 people.[3]

Limasawa
Municipality of Limasawa
Map of Southern Leyte with Limasawa highlighted
Map of Southern Leyte with Limasawa highlighted
Limasawa is located in Philippines
Limasawa
Limasawa
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°53′37″N 125°31′18″E / 9.89361°N 125.52167°E / 9.89361; 125.52167Coordinates: 9°53′37″N 125°31′18″E / 9.89361°N 125.52167°E / 9.89361; 125.52167
Country Philippines
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
ProvinceSouthern Leyte
District1st District
FoundedJune 11, 1978
Barangays6 (see Barangays)
Government
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMelchor P. Petracorta
 • Vice MayorRitche L. Salomon
 • CongressmanRoger G. Mercado
 • Electorate4,071 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total6.98 km2 (2.69 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total6,061
 • Density870/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6605
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)53
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class6th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)34.5 million  (2016)
Native languagesBoholano dialect
Cebuano
Tagalog

At the request of the residents of the island of Limasawa, the six barangays that comprise that island were detached and separated from the municipality of Padre Burgos through Presidential Decree No. 1549, signed by then President Ferdinand Marcos on June 11, 1978, and constituted as the Municipality of Limasawa.[4] The island, also known as Sarangani Island, is located south of Leyte, in the Mindanao or Bohol Sea. It is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long from north to south and is the smallest municipality in the province, in both area and population.

Limasawa is famous as it is believed to be the site of the first mass in Philippine soil[5], 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.

BarangaysEdit

Limasawa is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.

  • Cabulihan
  • Lugsongan
  • Magallanes (Poblacion)
  • San Agustin (Tawid)
  • San Bernardo (Tigib)
  • Triana

DemographicsEdit

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%
2015 6,061+0.62%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][6][7][8]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Limasawa, Southern Leyte
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 98
(3.9)
82
(3.2)
96
(3.8)
71
(2.8)
104
(4.1)
129
(5.1)
101
(4.0)
94
(3.7)
99
(3.9)
135
(5.3)
174
(6.9)
143
(5.6)
1,326
(52.3)
Average rainy days 18.0 14.1 17.1 16.8 23.7 25.7 25.8 23.3 24.4 25.9 24.0 20.6 259.4
Source: Meteoblue [9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Southern Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 1549, s. 1978". Official Gazette. Philippine Government. June 11, 1978.
  5. ^ referred to in travel accounts of Antonio Pigafetta as "Mazaua"
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Province of Southern Leyte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Limasawa, Southern Leyte : Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

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