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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]

Municipality of Limasawa
Map of Southern Leyte with Limasawa highlighted
Map of Southern Leyte with Limasawa highlighted
Limasawa is located in Philippines
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
DistrictLone District
Barangays6 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMelchor Palero Petracorta
 • Vice MayorSim Balane Olojan
 • Electorate4,071 voters (2016)
 • Total6.98 km2 (2.69 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total6,061
 • Density870/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)53
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class6th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)34,514,380.48 (2016)
Native languagesBoholano 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[4], 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.

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


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][5][6][7]

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ referred to in travel accounts of Antonio Pigafetta as "Mazaua"
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Province of Southern Leyte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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