“Gifted to give”: 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

500 years ago, the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães) reached an archipelago, later on, called the Philippines. He was leading the Spanish expedition called “East Indies” (1519-1522) with the intent to circumnavigate the globe. On March 16, 1521, he and his expedition arrived on these newly discovered islands, and on March 31, 1521, the first Mass was celebrated on the Island of Limasawa, Southern Leyte. They baptized 800 native people characterizing the first Catholic Community. Continue reading