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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Catholicism Reaches the Philippine Islands

16 March 1521. After an 18-month voyage, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan lands in Homonhon (Eastern Samar) and claims the islands for King Philip II of Spain. 15 days later, he would hold the first Catholic Mass in the island of Cebu.

Reference: Dr. Sonia M. Zaide, The Philippines: A Unique Nation (Manila: ALL-NATIONS Publishing Co., Inc., 1994), 78-83.

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