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Orata, Kyle Christian L.OL75Position Paper on the First Mass in the PhilippinesAccording to the claim of NHCP or National Historical Commission of the Philippines,the first mass in the Philippines was held in Limasawa, Southern Leyte on an eastern Sunday asit is also declared in the Rep. Act 2733. According to the NHCP chair Reene Escalante, the panelagreed that the proofs presented by the pro-Butuan advocates were not sufficient and pursuaisingenough to support their claims. Thus, the issue of the said historic mass was resolved by the NHIand the forerunner of the NHCP through the panel experts, Supreme Court Justice EmilioGangayco and historian Benito Legarda. The second argument that this paper wants to raise is the Legazpi Expedition. It isclaimed that Butuan is a riverine settlement near Agusan River. Clearly, the Magellan expeditionand the first mass was not held in the place for there was no any mention of the Agusan River.Mazaua is an island and therefore it is surrounded by sea and not by a river delta.

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