First Mass at Limasawa

1960s
Carlos “Botong” Francisco



The mural depicts Fr. Pedro Valderrama officiating the mass in an improvised altar in the presence of Ferdinand Magellan, Pigafetta (chronicler of Magellan), Spanish soldiers, and the natives in awe.

Another fine example of a historical painting is the First Mass at Limasawa by Botong Francisco. The artwork, which was commissioned by the national government, was created to commemorate the 400 years of Philippine Christianization which was held in Cebu in 1965.


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