Limasawa is a municipality and an island of the same name in the province of Southern Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 5,157 people in 1,108 households. It lies south of Leyte, in the Mindanao Sea. The island is about 10 km from north to south.
Limasawa is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.
- San Agustin
- San Bernardo
"Limasawa" is so named because it is not "Mazaua" (Italian/French spelling for native word "masawa" which exists only in Butuanon) the island where the first ever Mass (liturgy)|in the Philippines was celebrated. The name "Limasawa" was invented by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Francisco Combes, who meant the word to signify the island is not Magellan's port, "Mazaua", and it is not where a mass was held on March 31, 1521. Combes's story does not refer to any mass ever having been held anywhere in the Philippines on that day.
- ELGU Website of Limasawa
- Possible provenance of the name 'Limasawa'
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information